At last I've found a truly exciting and updated guide to Children's Book Illustration!!!
This book is all in full colour, brilliantly laid out on glossy paper, with hundreds of examples of work by various illustrators of different nationalities, using all sorts of media and working on a wide range of projects.
The text is pretty detailed and clear in its approach: it doesn't waffle or patronise the reader and, as the author remarks, this is finally a book by a writer who 'thinks in pictures' like most other artists.
Apart from attracting new and experienced illustrators, this book is also interesting for those considering taking up illustration as an area of academic study, since the author, Martin Salisbury, is course director for the UK's first M.A. programme in Children's Book Illustration at APU Cambridge School of Art.
As Salisbury explains: "This is not a 'how to book'... It aims instead to help readers understand how they might progress to a level of work that is satisfying and ... publishable."
I'm really enthusiastic about this book and I'm totally glad it's been published!!! We art lovers have been waiting for it for ages.