INK: Academic discourse and research into the medium, substance and applications of ink

Jonathan Gibbs (Illustrator)

Research output: Other contribution


• Many of the greatest illustrations have been created using pen and ink. It is commonly used, demanding particular skills of the artist.
• Contemporary artists and illustrators use various types of drawing ink and ink-fuelled drawing tools.
• The giclee print employs particular types of ink, as compared to lithographic or letterpress inks.
• In the History of Art and in contemporary practice, this medium is a classic and more or less permanent vehicle for visual expression. This is in the development of scripts, calligraphy and written communication.

Academic staff in the Illustration Programme have held a series of meetings to discuss the properties, uses and potential of ink.
The starting point has been current debate as to the validity of actual marks on paper, either printed or hand-made, in relation to the digital image, online and on-screen.
For example, Illustration agencies are moving away from portfolios of artwork towards digital files and web-based presentations. The publishing industry evolves to embrace and promote books in various digital media, with implications for the printed page and forms of the book.

INK meetings have explored and defined individual staff member's relationship to ink, its relevance to their own work and its significance in relation to various forms of visual expression. This extends through drawing and painting practice to printmaking and the reproduction of imagery, multiples and editions through a range of art & design.

Research themes include:

• chemistries of ink and environmental aspects of its use and permanence.
• text & image, written and drawn narratives
• originality and value
• actual & digital

Academic discourse continues within the above themes.
Original languageEnglish
TypeINK: Academic discourse and research into this ancient and modern medium
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2012


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