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The attributes of quality narrative illustrations

Isabella Clara Riley (2020) The attributes of quality narrative illustrations. Diploma thesis.

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    Nowadays, the word ‘illustration’ is used in many different fields – from architecture to science to fashion. This Bachelor thesis, The Attributes of Quality Narrative Illustrations, was created with the aim of exploring illustrations in their primary role, the role of narrating stories or other written texts, e.g. literary illustrations. The thesis is composed of a theoretical and practical part. The theoretical part starts with an in-depth overview of the history of literary illustration and its development over the centuries, the aim of which is to define narrative illustration as its own genre of art. I highlight key figures, periods, inventions and technological innovations that contributed both to the practical development of creating illustrations and to the understanding of illustrations by the general literary public. The next chapter focuses on the meaning and influence of narrative illustrations on child development, since literary illustrations are the first works of art that children have contact with. Observing illustration and thumbing through picture books are an important part of childhood, as this helps children develop their imagination and creativity. Illustrations also influence the development of aesthetic sensibility, which isn’t innate, as well as emotional and cognitive development. This is why it is so important that the illustrations children are in contact with are high quality. I continue with a chapter in which I explore the opinions of different professionals about the attributes that influence the quality of illustrations. These attributes are firstly distinguishable on an artistic level and on a level of content, although I focus solely on the artistic part and further examine the criteria and attributes that lead to high quality illustrations. In the middle part of the thesis I analyse the illustrations of two authors who received international awards for their work in the field of children’s literary illustrations in the last two years. The aim is to compare my conclusions about the attributes of quality illustrations from the theoretical part with the practical use of contemporary artists. I then widen the analysis to include my own original illustrations that were created in the practical part of this thesis. I examine my own use of artistic expression and the suitability of the illustrations based on the age group of the target audience of the initial text. The main purpose of this thesis is to discern the attributes that make qualitative illustrations and to apply these same attributes to my own work while painting original illustrations.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: narrative illustrations, quality illustrations, artistic development, artistic expression
    Number of Pages: 89
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
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    doc. mag. Anja Jerčič JakobMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/27521283
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 6374
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 14:31
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 14:31
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/6374

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