To earn a sustainable living, one must work many hours, months and years.
There is a widely adopted notion that by working in a profession that you enjoy, or better still, work in a field that nourishes your passion, you will flourish and perhaps enjoy a fulfilling career. I have long yearned for such a thing.
I use the term sustainable in a subjective sense. I have met people who work in harmonious congruence with their ethics – and strive to improve the world they live in by conscientiously working towards betterment. Many, study the art of business. For some, living a good sustainable life may be working towards better understanding the human immune system, or cancer research.
For sustainably, I intend to draw.
I often reflect on my practice as an illustrator. As part of the economy in the western world, what is my purpose? How can I serve society?
These are open-ended questions I endeavour to keep in mind whist studying.
Above all, I am interested in exploring the ethical roles illustrators have in the greater context of the industrialized world. I want to in detail discuss how now only how my work can efficiently communicate ideas, but the ideas themselves. If faced with a self-directed project, before the illustration in made, what am I hoping to communicate? Will the end result be morally sound and ethically responsible?
Notes – learning objectives – reflections
‘This unit provides you with the initial opportunity to engage in the critical, theoretical and historical research culture of your chosen subject and define the substantial contribution that you intend to make to your specialist subject area.’
Key takeaway points:
- A wide range of research techniques and practises required to proficiently work toward a good proposal.
1. the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement.
Critical: This area refers to objective analysis of work etc. and fact based evidence. Observations and analysis of material qualities. Definition. Theories are formulated to explain, predict, and understand phenomena and, in many cases, to challenge and extend existing knowledge within the limits of critical bounding assumptions. The theoretical framework is the structure that can hold or support a theory of a research study.
In the field of academia illustration has not received the same rigor and investigate research, in both the theoretical and material sense. This has been spoken about by our course leaders at the early stages of induction.
In the context of illustration, to divulge the subject matter, it feels at least appropriate and sometimes necessary to borrow from other fields of academia, such as philosophy, phycology and design. In addition, I feel that it important to investigate academic material in these respective fields and study researchers approach and handling of conceptual research.
3. Historical research-
To understand the context in which we operate, it is crucial to understand historical context. In my studies the application of historical research shall be used in effort to gain a better understanding of how culture has impacted illustration and how illustration has in tern affected culture.
1. To allow students develop and propose a clearly focused research programme/project that explores appropriate theoretical, critical and historical contexts.
2. To allow students identify appropriate methodologies through which to explore the research programme and originate innovative solutions to identified key questions.
- The unit aims tie in with the synopsis of the course. Although relatively obvious, it is personally helpful to reinforce the goals at hand.
The learning outcomes:
1. Systematically synthesise exploratory research into a clearly focused project proposal.
- I believe this would be a great opportunity to explore practise based research, a subject that I will discuss in a later post.
2. Demonstrate the relevance of, and critically evaluate, research sources at an advanced level.
- A key part of this 30 credit unit consists of deeper research at level 7, this is an area I am both excited and somewhat scared about. On one hand, I am excited at the prospect of learning and strengthening my skills in reading and writing but I am also aware that I including many of my peers are less included to write that they are to draw or make. Our teachers have reassured us that they are aware that it is likely that writing may not be our strong suit, however, this feels like a great opportunity to take on the challenge of rethinking our practise and output with a rigours academic insight.
3. Provide evidence of the theoretical, critical and historical contexts and knowledge frameworks, which inform the proposed research programme and identifies key questions in relation to the proposed research.
-Again the importance of the three pillars of research involved in the unit. It will remain important to bare these in mind throughout.
CRITICAL – HISTORICAL – THEORETICAL.
4. Demonstrate how selected methodologies will facilitate the exploration of the research concept.
-It is important that when taking part in PLR, to keep the context in alignment with the subject at hand.
5. Independently develop a project management strategy, which articulates in a systematic way the proposed research programme and its sources, contextual framework, methodologies and the basis upon which it may be innovative, challenging and extending knowledge.
-I believe this is in order for the successful execution of the major project following the submission of the proposal. In order to gauge the feasibility of completion of the work, a strategy is in order. I expect to research into my own workflow as a practitioner. As a result of the PLR, I want to address the areas in need of personally improving as well as identifying strengths in my work. Working on smaller scale PLR works, I can experiment and gain the necessary insights, which will aid the final project.
-As well as PLR, wider research is needed in order to contextualize my own area of study, as well as gauge a need for said research. For example, if other works of research draw too many parallels and come to too similar conclusions, then the need for said research is questioned.
-(Challenging). As mentioned by our teachers, it is not always expected of us to agree with all scholarly material that is published. Often arguing different positions and theories may be conducive of extending knowledge as opportunities for continued research is open.