Trends in Drawing for Children in Spain

By Mª Carmen Hidalgo Rodríguez.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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Illustration for children in Spain has evolved exponentially since the early 70’s. With the creation of the Editorial Altea as a pioneer promoters of specialized collections, we currently have a lot of editorial dedicated to children and youth. The wealth of styles and possibilities make an ilustrated album the ideal medium for communicating with children. After an initial research developed in my doctoral thesis entitled, “Spanish children’s illustration in the Early 90’s: The Characters and Their Representation, we now turn to a new study to test the evolution of it, where we examined what some call the “2nd golden age of the illustrated album”.
We will focus on the analysis of books currently published in Spain and illustrated by Spanish artists. We will study the variables involved in an illustration and making up the style of an artist, such as the degree of representation, techniques, points of view, etc. We observe the latest trends by checking the evolution of this world as creative and important in the training and education of children. This research is part of a project by the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain titled: Analysis of the Pictures Broadcast on Television.

Keywords: Children’s Illustrations, Spain, Illustrated Album, Styles, Creativity, Comunication

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.17-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.620MB).

Dr. Mª Carmen Hidalgo Rodríguez

Professor, Departament of Drawing, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Born in Granada (1974), she has a Doctorate in fine arts from the University of Granada, and currently she is a professor in the Department of Drawing in the Faculty of Fine Arts. She is dedicated to researching children’s illustrations and audiovisual media. She has publications in journals specializing in communications and arts, and belongs to various research projects on children’s drawings in different media. Currently, she is professor in the Master in Drawing program and director of Line Research in Illustration. Her other line of research is e-learning and new media applied to university studies.