The research that i have done for this project was mainly from my essay, the essay was about representation and how other artists create their book illustrations specifically fairytale illustrations so it had linked in with my own work because i had chosen a fairytale story and it allowed me to learn how to use representation in my work as well as understanding semiotics which helped a lot.

Exploring and identifying representation in illustration (long essay)

Link to essay above.

Other research i have done is looking at examples of book illustrations from websites such as and this was to see other peoples work book cover illustrations as well as inside illustrations.

I found some illustrations that was similar tomy linear style and others were totally opposite and were all digital based like digital painting which i liked but knew i will probably not be able to do illustrations like that my style is traditional based with minor digital elements if needed.

Below is exmaples of the type of work i was looking at mainly because they have a similar style of my own work so i used these images as pointers of  how to do fairytale like illustrations. Like i said before my essay was my main outcome of research all the research i did for my essay links in with my project and my work. Research that i have done can be found in the references in the essay.

List of research references

Andronic, M. (N.D.). Madalina Andronic. Retrieved from

Branston, G. & Stafford, R. (1996). The Media Student’s Book. London: Routledge.

Branston, G. & Stafford, R. (2003). the media student’s book (3rd ed.). London: Routledge.

Encyclopedia Britannica . (2014). Sir John Tenniel. Retrieved from

Flower meaning. (N.D.). The Pansy Flower: Its Meaning & Symbolism. Retrieved from

Gaiman, N. (2007). Happily Ever After. Retrieved from

Garcia, B. (2013). Medusa. Retrieved from

Hackett, C. (2015). Fine Art and Illustration. Retrieved from

Hall, S. (1997). Representation: cultural representations and signifying practices, London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Harris, R. (1987). Reading Saussure. London: Duckworth.

Heckel, J. (2014). Been There Done That: Why We Keep Retelling Fairy Tales. Retrieved from

Holdcroft, D. (1991). Saussure: Signs, System, and Arbitrariness. Cambridge University Press.

Honderich, T. (2005). The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Retrieved from

Joseph, J. E. (2012). Saussure. Oxford University Press.

Londonist, . (2005). See Beautiful Fairy Tale Illustrations In A Free Pop-Up Exhibition. Retrieved from,606257.

Nadel, D. (2005). Pictures & Words: New Comic Art and Narrative Illustration. Retrieved from

Narvaez, J.D. (N.D.). Julian De Narvaez. Retrieved from

Oxford Dictionaries . (N.D.). Fairy Tale. Retrieved from

Sun Yatsen University, (N.D.). Visual Grammar: Social Semiotic Perspectives on the Modality of Fairy Tale Illustrations. Journal of Sun Yatsen University (Social Science Edition). Retrieved from

The Folio Society. (N.D.). The Green Fairy Book. Retrieved from

University of Chicago. (N.D.). Representation. Retrieved from

Willats, J. (1997). Art and Representation. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Woodard, K. (1997). Identify And Difference. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.




Examples from website research

Caitlin Hackett


Danuta Mayer


Niroot Puttapipat

Tim Stevens


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