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My Ph.D. dissertation:
A Cultural Trade? Canadian Illustrators at Home and in the United States, 1880-1960
(6.2MB pdf)

May, 2014
Canadian illustrators' impact on national identity

The History of Illustration Project: An Interdisciplinary Journey

A synopsis of how the effort to write a textbook on the History of Illustration came about, with discussion of some of the controversies and challenges it entails.Book is due in 2018.

Evaluating Illustration Aesthetically 3.7 pdf

A primer for people new to the illustration world, debunking some myths and providing a list of aspects unique to illustration one should take into consideration. Originally released online August 2011, this version is the final published one from 2013

Short excerpt of “Oscar Cahén’s Vulgar Modernism,” The Devil’s Artisan: A Journal of the Printing Arts

An article about some seriously wacked illustration going on in the late 1940s

Netting Jellyfish: A point of view on illustration research from the United States and Canada Journal of Writing in Creative Practise

Due to copyright, I cannot provide a download; please go to a university library to locate. If this is difficult for you, please email me and I will get you something. --Jaleen

As researchers in illustration continue to develop what some call ‘illustration theory’, the need for a meta-perspective grows. What is illustration research? Who is doing it? Why are we doing it, and how? What opportunities, needs and pitfalls exist? Focussing on activity in The United States and Canada, this article offers a conceptual model of ‘illustration research’ in which three domains of current activity are surveyed: that of practitioners, that of connoisseurs and that of scholars. Strengths and weaknesses of each area are discussed, and suggestions regarding purpose and needs are made. A reference list representing work from the three domains follows.

A Castle of One’s Own:
Interactivity in Chatelaine Magazine, 1928-35
(58k pdf) Journal of Canadian Studies

Due to copyright, I cannot provide a download; please go to a university library to locate. If this is difficult for you, please email me and I will get you something. --Jaleen

Chatelaine promoted maternal feminism with a variety of illustrated content and with mixed results. Hand-drawn imagery in 1928 connoted both individual expression and collective national identity. Readers’ material interaction with illustration developed their self-direction, critical judgement, and creativity in how they received editorial, advertising, and aesthetic messages. This made the magazine popular and gave it counterpublic potential. Unfortunately, Chatelaine—an important employer of women at first—replaced much of the illustration by female artists with men’s work and generic photographs after 1932. Ironically, Chatelaine’s celebration of essentialized femininity in pictures and other texts contributed to the exclusion of women from “masculine” illustration jobs, even as such imagery also brought women together in solidarity..

Towards Illustration Theory: Robert Weaver, Harold Rosenberg, and the Action Illustrator? 7MB pdf Journal of Art Criticism

This paper retroactively constructs a debate between illustrator Robert Weaver and the art critic Harold Rosenberg (who coined the term "action painting" and launched the careers of the Abstract Expressionists). Both men largely agree, except Rosenberg couldn't get over his prejudice against commercial art, despite his 30 year career with the Advertising Council.....!

The Impact of Illustrators’ Online Communities on Recent Visual Communication 7MB pdf Paper presented at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

May 31, 2007
Abstract from 2007, when this topic was still novel:
Illustrators' relative isolation from other creators led them to exploit the possibilities of the internet more than their fine-art counterparts. Using interviews and cases, my paper looks at networks among Canadian illustrators, tracing the new networks formed through online communities, blogs, email newsletters, vendors and agents, and personal websites. I theorize that the return in the last ten years [1997-2007] to a fashionable, highly illustrative vocabulary in fine art and visual communication may be linked to the newfound visibility and power resulting from creative co-operation between illustrators who were previously unable to so easily share their work and professional experiences. Illustrators have made a new space of public knowledge between themselves, enabling them to take their creative approach to a wider public, which has re-engaged illustration and comics as a popular means of communication in the public sphere.

Illustration, Post-Illustration, and Those Who Draw 156K pdf

Delivered Nov. 2, 2006 at the University Art Association of Canada's annual conference, Waterloo, Ont, in the Canadian Drawing panel chaired by Christine Lalonde of the National Gallery of Canada. This is a working paper, polemic in tone, arguing that the evaluation of contemporary art drawing is compromised by general ignorance and historical dismissal of artistic values traditional to the draughtsmanly applied, popular and commercial arts. Please send me feedback!

MA Thesis
But is it Art? The Construction and Valuation of Illustration in Victoria's Island Illustrators Society

MA thesis in Communication and Culture
Ryerson University, 2006

Basic argument - that the Island Illustrators Society of Victoria, BC represents a way to make art that challenges the divide in the art scene between contemporary, non-commercial artists and conservative, commercial artists.

The Model Book 1.3 MB pdf

An etiquette guide I wrote in 1998, based on my own experiences and on interviews with numerous other models in Victoria and Vancouver BC.







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