Explorers' Sketchbooks

The Art of Discovery & Adventure

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Author: Kari Herbert,Huw Lewis-Jones

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9781452158273

Category: Reference

Page: 320

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The sketchbook has been the one constant in explorers' kits for centuries of adventure. Often private, they are records of immediate experiences and discoveries, and in their pages we can see what the explorers themselves encountered. This remarkable book showcases 70 such sketchbooks, kept by intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments—frozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests—with their senses wide open. Figures such as Charles Darwin and Sir Edmund Hillary are joined here by lesser-known explorers such as Adela Breton, who braved the jungles of Mexico to make a record of Mayan monuments. Here are profiles, expedition details, and the artwork of pioneering explorers and mapmakers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries. Here is the art of discovery.

Communicating Creativity

The Discursive Facilitation of Creative Activity in Arts

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Author: Darryl Hocking

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137558040

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 307

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This book provides an extensive and original analysis of the way that written and spoken communication facilitates creative practice in the university art and design studio. Challenging the established view of creativity as a personal attribute which can be objectively measured, the author demonstrates instead that creativity and creative practice are constructed through a complex array of intersecting discourses, each shaped by wider socio-historical contexts, beliefs and values. The author draws upon a range of methods and resources to capture this dynamic complexity from corpus linguistics to ethnography and multimodal analysis. This innovative volume will appeal to students and scholars of discourse analysis, creativity, and applied linguistics. It will also appeal to art and design educators.

Visualizing Africa in Nineteenth-Century British Travel Accounts

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Author: Leila Koivunen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135856125

Category: Art

Page: 368

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This study examines and explains how British explorers visualized the African interior in the latter part of the nineteenth century, providing the first sustained analysis of the process by which this visual material was transformed into the illustrations in popular travel books. At that time, central Africa was, effectively, a blank canvas for Europeans, unknown and devoid of visual representations. While previous works have concentrated on exploring the stereotyped nature of printed imagery of Africa, this study examines the actual production process of images and the books in which they were published in order to demonstrate how, why, and by whom the images were manipulated. Thus, the main focus of the work is not on the aesthetic value of pictures, but in the activities, interaction, and situations that gave birth to them in both Africa and Europe.

Imagining the Arctic

Heroism, Spectacle and Polar Exploration

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Author: Huw Lewis-Jones

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1786722461

Category: History

Page: 448

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Imagining the Arctic explores the culture and politics of polar exploration and the making of its heroes. Leading explorers, the celebrity figures of their day, went to great lengths to convince their contemporaries of the merits of polar voyages. Much of exploration was in fact theatre: a series of performances to capture public attention and persuade governments to finance ambitious proposals. The achievements of explorers were promoted, celebrated, and manipulated, whilst explorers themselves became the subject of huge attention. Huw Lewis-Jones draws upon recovered texts and striking images, many reproduced for the first time since the nineteenth century, to show how exploration was projected through a series of spectacular visuals, helping us to reconstruct the ways that heroes and the wilderness were imagined. Elegantly written and richly illustrated, Imagining the Arctic offers original insights into our understanding of exploration and its pull on the public imagination.

The Sea Journal

Seafarers' Sketchbooks

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Author: Huw Lewis-Jones

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500021279

Category: Notebooks

Page: 304

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The sea has been an endless source of fascination, at once both alluring and mysterious, a place of wonder and terror. The Sea Journal contains first-hand records by a great range of travellers of their encounters with strange creatures and new lands, full of dangers and delights, pleasures and perils. In this remarkable gathering of private journals, log books, letters and diaries, we follow the voyages of intrepid sailors, from the frozen polar wastes to South Seas paradise islands, as they set down their immediate impressions of all they saw. They capture their experiences while at sea, giving us a precious view of the oceans and the creatures that live in them as they were when they were scarcely known and right up to the present day. In a series of biographical portraits, we meet officers and ordinary sailors, cooks and whalers, surgeons and artists, explorers and adventurers. A handful of contemporary mariners provide their thoughts on how art remains integral to their voyaging lives. Often still bearing the traces of their nautical past, the intriguing and enchanting sketches and drawings in this book brilliantly capture the spirit of the oceans and the magic of the sea.

The Sea Journal

Seafarers' Sketchbooks (Illustrated Book of Historical Sailor Explorers, Nautical Travel Gift)

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9781452181158

Category: History

Page: 320

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In this remarkable collection of illustrated private journals, log books, letters, and diaries, The Sea Journal follows the voyages of intrepid sailors. This captivating book contains firsthand records by a great range of travelers of their encounters with strange creatures and new lands—full of dangers and delights, pleasures and perils. The Sea Journal includes historical figures like Antonio Pigafetta, an Italian who sailed with Magellan; Tupia, a Tahitian who joined Captain Cook's first voyage; buccaneer Bartholomew Sharp, who menaced the Spanish Main; and Jeanne Baret, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. • With 60+ biological portraits accompanied by colorful sketches and maps, each story unfolds in an exciting way. • Explore adventures from the frozen polar wastes to the South Seas paradise islands. • Readers meet a fascinating cast of real characters: officers and crew, cooks and whalers, surgeons and artists, explorers and adventurers. A collection of rare and exquisite firsthand records of ocean voyages around the world and in different ages, The Sea Journal provides a fascinating insight into exploration and adventure at sea. The records—sourced from libraries, archives, and private collections, as well as family heirlooms, and assembled together for the first time—evoke the thrill of discovery and the spirit of the sea. • A gorgeous compilation of sketches by travelers and explorers of many nationalities and eras • A wonderful gift for history buffs, map enthusiasts, artists, journal-keepers, coastal tourists and residents, people interested in the sea and exploration, and anyone with an adventurer's spirit • Great for those who enjoyed Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman; Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery by David Attenborough, Susan Owens, Martin Clayton, and Rea Alexandratos; and Breverton's Nautical Curiosities: A Book Of The Sea by Terry Breverton

Visualising the "Dark Continent"

the process of illustrating nineteenth-century British travel accounts of Africa

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Author: Leila Koivunen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789529200016

Category: Africa

Page: 337

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Archipelago

An Atlas of Imagined Islands

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Author: Huw Lewis-Jones

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500022566

Category: Art

Page: 192

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What is it about islands that is so alluring, and why do so many people find these self-contained worlds irresistible? Utopia and Atlantis were islands, and islands have captured the imaginations of writers and artists for centuries. In 1719, Daniel Defoe published his tale of a castaway on a desert island, Robinson Crusoe, one of the first great novels in the history of English literature and an instant bestseller. Defoe's tale combined the real and the imagined into a compelling creative landscape, establishing a whole literary genre and unleashing the power of islands in storytelling. To celebrate the tercentenary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe, Archipelago presents a truly international range of leading illustrators who imagine they too have washed up on their own remote island. In specially created maps, they visualize what their island looks like, what it's called, and what can be found on its mythical shores. In a panoply of astonishingly creative responses, we are invited to explore a curious and fabulous archipelago of islands of invention that will beguile illustrators, cartographers, and dreamers alike.

Across the Arctic Ocean

Original Photographs from the Last Great Polar Journey

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Author: Sir Wally Herbert,Huw Lewis-Jones

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500252147

Category: History

Page: 240

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On 21 February 1968, Wally Herbert and his team of three companions and forty huskies set out from Point Barrow, Alaska, embarking on a journey that no one had ever attempted. Sixteen hard months later they finally set foot once more on solid land, having attained the North Pole and crossed the frozen Arctic Ocean for the first time via its longest axis. It stands today as one of the greatest expeditions of all time. Illustrated with unpublished photographs and other personal materials from the Herbert archive, this exceptional photography book is a first-hand record of an astonishing journey one that with rising temperatures and Arctic ice melt will probably never be repeated. An impressive team of explorers and polar experts, including Wally Herberts daughter Kari, also provide their reflections and tributes to the expedition and to Wally Herbert, contributing to a remarkable visual and personal testimony of this historic event.

The Writer's Map

An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

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Author: Huw Lewis-Jones

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780226596631

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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It's one of the first things we discover as children, reading and drawing: Maps have a unique power to transport us to distant lands on wondrous travels. Put a map at the start of a book, and we know an adventure is going to follow. Displaying this truth with beautiful full-color illustrations, The Writer's Map is an atlas of the journeys that our most creative storytellers have made throughout their lives. This magnificent collection encompasses not only the maps that appear in their books but also the many maps that have inspired them, the sketches that they used while writing, and others that simply sparked their curiosity. Philip Pullman recounts the experience of drawing a map as he set out on one of his early novels, The Tin Princess. Miraphora Mina recalls the creative challenge of drawing up "The Marauder's Map" for the Harry Potter films. David Mitchell leads us to the Mappa Mundi by way of Cloud Atlas and his own sketch maps. Robert Macfarlane reflects on the cartophilia that has informed his evocative nature writing, which was set off by Robert Louis Stevenson and his map of Treasure Island. Joanne Harris tells of her fascination with Norse maps of the universe. Reif Larsen writes about our dependence on GPS and the impulse to map our experience. Daniel Reeve describes drawing maps and charts for The Hobbit film trilogy. This exquisitely crafted and illustrated atlas explores these and so many more of the maps writers create and are inspired by--some real, some imagined--in both words and images. Amid a cornucopia of over two hundred full-color images, we find here maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, nursery rhymes, literary classics, and collectible comics. An enchanting visual and verbal journey, The Writer's Map will be irresistible for lovers of maps, literature, and memories--and anyone prone to flights of the imagination.