Engaging essays on a wide-variety of illustration-based subjects by knowledgable authors, scholars, artists, and students can be explored here.
The Red Rose Girls: An alliance for artistic success
Barbara Rundback Venus van Ness | March 8, 2021 - During an era when women were expected to get married, raise children, and manage a household, Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954), Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863-1935), and Violet Oakley (1874-1961) chose to pursue careers in the arts.
Tattooing and Cultural Appropriation
| February 24, 2021 - A Brief History and Analysis of Tattooing in the United States from 1790 to 2020.
Accidentally Swedish: Josef Frank’s Design Theory in His Pattern Design
Paloma Diaz-Dickson | February 16, 2021 - Josef Frank was an Austrian-born Swedish architect, furniture designer, and textile designer. In addition to his professional practice, Frank wrote extensively about design.
The Hidden Emotions in M.C. Escher’s Artwork
Dongyan Xu | February 16, 2021 - Contrary to M.C. Escher’s statement that his work contains no hidden meanings, the artist’s experiences, emotions, and worldview are reflected in the artwork he made throughout his life.
The Drawing Methods and Techniques of Peter Paul Rubens
Siyuan David Zhou | January 14, 2021 - A study and explanation of Rubens’s drawing techniques through an interpretation of his drawings.
How Recent Technology Impacts Audiences and Artists: A Study on Social Media and Big Data.
Yuanyuan Zhou | January 13, 2021 - Social media's influence on audience preference of artworks, and how big data inspired artists to create new designs.
How Modern Illustrators Inherit the Chinese Traditional Art Style
Haochen Zhao | January 7, 2021 - Three Chinese illustrators incorporate aesthetic values from Chinese traditional art in their works.
Instagram, Illustration, and Internet Connection: The Shift of an Industry and Search for Community Through Visual Imagery Online
Lexi K. Nilson | January 6, 2021 - Modern illustration spills beyond the printed page, and a vast majority of the visual imagery we see and interact with lives on the Internet.
Children’s Book Illustrators in the Golden Age of Illustration
Corryn Kosik | June 26, 2018 - A look at some of the most influential illustrators working in 19th and 20th century England during the Golden Age of Illustration.