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DAH 206: History of Illustration: Online Resources

Course guide for the History of Illustration class

Online Resources

Illustration History: Genres - From the Norman Rockwell Museum, this site divides illustration into a variety of genres, from advertising to comic books to moving images and features illustrations, artist biographies, and scholarly essays.

Women Who Draw - This site is an open directory of female (women, trans, and gender non-conforming) professional illustrators, artists, and cartoonists.

Directory of Illustration - Art buyers, art directors, and creative directors discover outstanding artists for commercial assignments through the Directory of Illustration.

Society of Illustrators - Founded in 1901, this is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable members have included N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others.

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators - The GNSI supports all types of visual communicators working in the natural sciences.

Association of Medical Illustrators - The Association of Medical Illustrators furthers the use of visual media to advance life sciences, medicine, and healthcare through a worldwide network of specialized interdisciplinary professionals.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum - Housed at The Ohio State University, this is the world’s largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics.

British Cartoon Archive - This archive holds the artwork for over 200,000 British editorial, socio-political, and pocket cartoons from the last 200 years, supported by large collections of comic strips, newspaper cuttings, books, and magazines.

Evaluating Information

The internet provides open access to a tremendous amount of information, including peer reviewed, scholarly material.  However, be mindful of your sources. Consider the following:

Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view?

Purpose - Why was the source created? 

Publication & Format - Where was it published? 

Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? 

Date of Publication - When was it written? 

Documentation - Did they cite their sources? 

Information from University of California Berkeley Library's "Evaluating Resources" guide.
College for Creative Studies website