Observe, Research, Create

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  • Title: Observe, Research, Create: Case Studies in Natural History Illustration PhD Projects
  • Author(s): Trevor Weekes, Andrew Howells, Prue Sailer, Bernadette Drabsch, Daniel Atkins
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Keywords: Natural History Illustration, Practice-based Research, Art and Science, Observation, Trans-disciplinary, Fieldwork, Research-led practice, Methodology
  • Year: 2018
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-1-61229-976-1
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-61229-977-8
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-61229-978-5
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/978-1-61229-978-5/CGP
  • Citation: Weekes, Trevor , Andrew Howells, Prue Sailer, Bernadette Drabsch, and Daniel Atkins. 2018. Observe, Research, Create: Case Studies in Natural History Illustration PhD Projects. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-61229-978-5/CGP.
  • Extent: 90 pages

Abstract

Observe, Research, Create: Case Studies in Natural History Illustration PhD Projects contributes to current discourse in practice-based research and the long-standing connections between art and science. Contributing researchers communicate the significance of observation, fieldwork and studio practice in contemporary Natural History Illustration (NHI) research through summaries of their PhD research projects. NHI practice is defined by a working methodology that involves careful observation, interpretation and visual representation of natural world subjects, while employing trans-disciplinary fieldwork and diverse studio practices. While each of the themes and practices of contributors is unique, they each implement a fundamental methodology that is central to the creative outcomes of their research. The resulting visual imagery embodies scholarship, effectively communicates knowledge about the natural world and engages with the broader community. The emphasis placed on academic rigour, the contribution of new knowledge and excellence in illustration in each of these areas places the contributors as leaders in their field.