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Creative Arts Guide: Referencing images

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This guide is created by Bronwen Forster, JCU Library, in collaboration with Robyn Glade-Wright, CASE.

References:

Barnet, S. 2011 A short guide to writing about art. 10th Edn Pearson, Boston.

Snooks & Co (Rev). 2002, Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edn. John Wiley & Sons: Milton, Qld.

Writing about art

Style guide for adding illustrations to your assignments

Your illustration should:

  • Be close to where it is referred to in the text.
  • Be referred to in the text by the illustration figure number (see examples).
  • Have a caption beginning with “Figure #.” See examples below
  • Caption should be centred under the illustration and font size should be 2 points smaller than the font size of your essay.
  • Illustration should have at least 1 line space separating it from the text, both above the illustration and below the caption.
  • Caption should be separated from the illustration by at least half a line space.

Your essay should include:

  • At least one in text reference to each illustration and be referred to by the illustration Figure number.
  • A list of Figures after your Reference list.
  • List of Figures in numerical order.

Examples

In text references

The water colour technique illustrated in Figure 1 shows …

In Portrait of a Goddess, (Figure 1) Luccio has…

Captions - examples

Figure number. Artist, Year created, Title of Work, type of media, size in cm

Figure1. Marco Luccio, 2010, Portrait of a Goddess, water colour and ink on plan print, 98 x 70 cm

Figure 2. Joel-Peter Witkin, 1986, Gambler, Silver gelatine print, size not specified.

Figure 3. Luis Buñuel, 1929, Un Chien Andalou, (Movie still) Black and white film, 17minutes.

List of Figures - example

Figure number. Artist, Year created,Title of Work, type of media. Where artwork was exhibited. Where you found the illustration, viewed date, <web address of page>

Figure number. Artist, Year created, Title of Work, type of media, in A. Author, year book published, Title of book, Publisher: Place of publication, p. number.

Figure1. Marco Luccio, 2010, Portrait of a Goddess, water colour and ink on plan print, Steps Gallery, Melbourne, viewed 20 July 2014 <http://www.marcoluccio.com/gallery/new-york-found.php>

Figure 2. Joel-Peter Witkin, 1986, Gambler, Silver gelatine print, size not specified, in E. Parry, 2001, Joel-Peter Witkin, Phaidon Press: London, p. 51.

Figure 3. Luis Buñuel, 1929, Un Chien Andalou, (Movie still) Black and white film, 17minutes, viewed 20 July 2014, <http://www.filmreference.com/Films-Ca-Chr/Un-Chien-Andalou.html>

 

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