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Illustration: Digital Resources

Illustration Collections

British Cartoon Archive

The British Cartoon Archive (BCA) is dedicated to the history of British cartooning over the last two hundred years.

Zine Resources

Use this list as a starting point for research on zines and as an introduction to major zine collections. It will help you locate zines and materials about creating them in other libraries and online databases. 

Art Journal Databases

Animation practice - Bloomsbury Visual Arts Hub

The Animation Practice collection on Bloomsbury Visual Arts huboffers a comprehensive selection of 53 practice-focused titles from the CRC Press imprint and Routledge. It encompasses both traditional techniques and technical skills, covering pre-production, production, and post-production techniques - from sketching, storyboarding, and directing a story, to character design, rigging, and lighting.

Discover classic texts such as Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 and Volume 2  by Walt Stanchfield, and Directing the Story by Frances Glebas.

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Image Resources

It is important to use good quality images in your work. This means not only high resolution but good provenance. This refers to the source of the image. Is there accurate, authoritative information about the object? For example:

  • Who is the creator?
  • When was it made?
  • Where can it be found?
  • What is it made of?

Instagram and Pinterest have lots of images, but information about the pictures is often very sketchy. Try to use good quality books, museums, galleries and archives or their websites.

These are links to some good quality sources of images:

Art Collections in London

Victoria & Albert Museum

The world’s leading museum of art and design

National Portrait Gallery

Art gallery in London that houses a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people


Tate is an institution that houses, in a network of four art galleries, the United Kingdom's national collection of British art, and international modern and contemporary art. 

Hayward Gallery

Art gallery within the Southbank Centre

ICA | Institute of Contemporary Arts

London’s leading space for contemporary culture

The National Gallery

National art museum in Trafalgar Square

Royal Academy of Arts

Art institution based in Burlington House on Piccadilly in London

Sadie Coles

London-based contemporary art gallery representing around fifty established and emerging international artists. 

London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum (LTM) is a transport museum based in Covent Garden, London. The museum predominantly hosts exhibits relating to the heritage of London's transport, as well as conserving and explaining the history of it.

Whitechapel Gallery

Public art gallery in Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

White Cube

One of the world's leading contemporary art galleries, White Cube has spaces in London, Hong Kong, Paris, New York and West Palm Beach

Serpentine Galleries

Free contemporary art gallery in London's Kensington gardens