Research can be defined as an in depth investigation in to a subject in order to broaden our knowledge, create and discover new ideas thus helping with an individuals work. There are two types of research primary, which is the collection of new information such as photos to use as a source of research and secondary this is when research involves collecting information that has already been collected by previous researchers.
From an illustrators perspective this is by drawing, collecting, reading, surrounding themselves with objects, artists and anything around them that offers inspiration. Paul Davis is an excellent example to discuss the way he uses visual research he does this through constant sketch book work, photographs multiple drawings in order not to forget his ideas, scanned images and Photoshop.
Below are a few examples of his work, Davis tends to use a lot primary research by conducting multiple observational drawings combined with humorous annotations which is his way of visually communicating and grasping his audience attention. Pic 1 visually portrays a person extremely distressed, however without the annotation the audience could be fooled by the meaning as perhaps it could have meant the person has a splitting headache. Davis’s clever use of visual presentation helps the viewer understand exactly what he has drawn. Pic 2 is a representation of what Americans think of the British this visual communication is a success due to the visual signs and messages that explain the purpose of his drawings which helps us get an insight of his personality and thinking process through his visual research.
"The notion of ‘inspiration’ derives from constant inquiry, based on research, observation, recording and experimentation."A practitioner is constantly inspired through frequent enquires of their surroundings, objects, quotes from other practitioners and other forms. This can consist of research this is continuous development within your mind. Collecting information and observations are another way of inspiration this could be through images or sketches that will aid in their own work now and for future reference. Collection helps to stimulate the mind for freshness and assists in the progression of work to become original with hints of other practitioners methods this could be done subconsciously and consciously.