ISSN: 20520204
First published in 2014
2 issues per volume
Volume 3 Issue 1
Cover Date: August 2016
Practice makes imperfect: An introduction to the re-forming of mark-making in contemporary illustration
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Authors:  Grace Holliday 
DOI: 10.1386/jill.3.1.85_1


This article provides primary insight into an illustrator’s complex relationship with basic tools (pens), and describes a body of work devoted to redefining the status of experimental drawing practice within communication design. The underlying motivations for such intervention include conventions of storytelling in illustration, set artist profiles and predictable guidelines of industry standards. To introduce readers to this specific discipline of drawn innovation, a guide to ‘mark-making’ dominates the text; it articulates the marked-aesthetic as a sophisticated yet primal visual language, made up of patterned punctuation and textured thought. By regularly referring to detailed accounts of such techniques in use, and elaborating on the substance of specific mark-based projects, there is a trail of the ‘tried and tested’ set out to contemplate and a practical invitation of experimentation to follow. As the illustrator quickly outlines the fundamentals of what traditional illustration is, she begins to fill in a picture of what contemporary illustration can be if it continues to challenge the materials of its constitution and welcome into its meaning more conceptual narratives.
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