New issue of the Journal of Illustration 3.2


The new issue of the Journal of Illustration 3.2 is now available.


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List of articles (partial list):


Subverting authority in illustrations of Dante’s Commedia

Authors: Matthew Collins

Page Start: 173


In this article, illustrations of Dante’s Commedia are viewed from the particular angle of textual subversion, which increased in degree overtime. It begins with a consideration of Dante’s own subversive habits in the context of the medieval literary world in order to highlight the fact that illustrators who visually undermined the letter of the text were in ironic harmony with the spirit of this work. The article then moves on to show that by Dante’s renaissance in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries illustrators felt far freer to blatantly meld their own imaginations with that of the original author, and by the mid-twentieth century, certain Commedia illustrations subjected text to image in varying ways.


Mapping experience in reportage drawing

Authors: Louis Netter

Page Start: 207


Reportage drawing is a revelatory act that combines the challenges of quick, gestural drawing with a level of accuracy in the depiction of people and places. Add to that the complications of working in sometimes hostile or, at the very least, less than ideal environments and you have a highly unique drawing act. Through interviews conducted with reportage artists Jill Gibbon, Gary Embury as well as the authors own work and reflections, the article compares and contrasts the aims and intentions of the artists, and tensions between the journalistic and social commentary aims will be explored through individual practice.


Crossing the line: Drawing as Babel Fish

Authors: Sarah Casey and Gerry Davies

Page Start: 233


This article examines the emergence of illustrative practices among fine artists to achieve a particular mobility, one that enables them to gather, synthesize and communicate information across diverse environments, locations and communities. It recognizes a growing appetite among contemporary illustrators and artists to work collaboratively and across previously separate disciplines, and focuses on artists leaving the studio to seek out ever more responsive applications of drawing.

Children’s illustration in Nepal: An imagined identity

Authors: Promina Shrestha

Page Start: 279


This article aims to understand the concept of Nepali pann (-ness/touch/flavour) in Nepali children’s illustration – to examine and address how the country’s changing sociopolitical and economic changes have affected the parameters of Nepali-ness and defined visual parameters of national identity – by tracing the historical trajectory.

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