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Research interests

  • The future of Illustration - Illustration as an expanded field of practice
  • The Importance of Drawing
  • Narrative / Visual Storytelling
  • Pictorial Space

Approach to teaching

  • The importance of 'visual play' in teaching to overcome fear of making mistakes.
  • Whilst celebrating the traditions of illustration I am keen to explore the future spaces for illustration to empower students entering a jobs market that is forever changing.

Scholarly biography

  • Board of Directors Association of Illustrators since 2011 with an agenda for education within the organization.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Royal College of Art


Bachelor, Kingston University



External positions


2018 → …

External Examiner BA(Hons) Visual Communication, Glasgow School of Art

2017 → …

External Examiner MA Communication Design - Illustration, Kingston University

2017 → …

Scientific Committee

2015 → …

External Examiner BA(Hons) Illustration, Sheffield Hallam University

2015 → …

Illustration Advisor

2015 → …

Industry Mentor

2014 → …

Peer Review Panel

2014 → …

International Advisory Board

2012 → …

Board of Directors

1 Jun 2011 → …


2011 → …


Jul 2010 → …


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Research Output 2010 2019

Future dialogues for illustration

Mills, R. 28 Jan 2019 (Accepted/In press) Companion guide to illustration. Male, A. (ed.). USA

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social network
cultural economy
interactive media
social media

Illustration as an expanded field of practice: A speculative discourse

Mills, R. 26 Nov 2018 (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Digital Age
Art Director

MOKITA: A Discussion: A New Pedagogy For Illustation

Clifton, D., Grandfield, G. & Mills, R. 2 Sep 2018 The Illustration Conference . p. 5-8 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access

Beyond image: Situated illustration, a pedagogic practice

Mills, R. 14 Jul 2017 Confia 2017 International conference on illustration and animation. Portugal, p. 205-214 10 p. (CONFIA)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
interactive media
technical development