Illustration Research Methods

Published by Bloomsbury

“For years illustration has lacked a strong critical history in which to frame it, with academics and media alike assessing it as part of design rather than a discipline in its own right. Illustration Research Methods addresses this void and adds to a fast-emerging discipline, establishing a lexicon that is specific to discussing contemporary illustration practice and research.
Supported by a wealth of case studies from international educators, student projects sit alongside those of world-renowned illustrators. Thus allowing users the opportunity to put what they have learnt into context and offering insight into the thinking and techniques behind some of illustrations' greats.”

Black Matter as ‘Activism’.

“Depicting a continuation of the current reality, or an exaggeration of policy or of a natural phenomenon highlights what might be ‘round the corner’ and is exemplified in Cat Sims’ short comic ‘Black Matter’. Part zombie apocalypse, part psychogeographic wandering, this hybrid narrative about a young woman’s journey to a hasility arranged online date, is set in a world eerily familiar and yet unreal. Contempoary issues, such as loneliness and isolation, mental health issues, designer drugs and gentrification, are envisaged through the lens of a ‘not-too-distant future’. Set in a cityscape plagued by social inequality; graffiti and abandoned desolate building sit adjacent to private luxury developments...”   


I Feel Love

Edited by Krent Able & Julian Hanshaw

Love makes the world go round. It can also turn your heart as black as coal. In a series of short fictions, Krent Able, Anya Davidson, Julian Hanshaw, Benjamin Marra, Cat Sims and Kelsey Wroten explore love’s dark, twisted underbelly, and offer a much-needed antidote to everything that is sweet, cloying and conventional.

Through wife-swapping, slash fiction, medieval aliens, childbirth, swamp monsters and a mysterious black balloon, I Feel Love questions the one emotion that is meant to make us feel good—but that often does the exact opposite. As unflinching as it is honest, this is the kind of book you don’t take home to meet your parents.

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“Rising star on London’s illustration scene.”
- Computer Arts 2019

“Sims tackles contemporary issues in work that is as much comics social activism as it is narrative.”

- Broken Frontier, 2018


©Cat Sims 2021