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Pen and Mouse: Commercial Art and Digital Illustration [Paperback]

Angus Hyland
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Book Description

Aug 2001
Illustration has become chic again, gaining new popularity in editorial design, fashion, and advertising. Pen and Mouse features the work of today’s top image-makers, whose craft is considered somewhere between graphic design and fine art and whose tools are increasingly those of the digital medium. This stunning book showcases hundreds of spectacular, groundbreaking illustrations by more than 40 international artists whose work reflects a remarkably diverse range of styles.



In this unique guide, leading graphic artist Angus Hyland discusses the fascinating effect technology has on today’s commercial artists—from artists working primarily by hand to those producing purely digital artwork, as well as artists who produce an alluring hybrid of digital with traditional media. Engaging text reveals each artist’s personal thoughts on the current state of illustration, what inspires them and their art, and their own relationship with cutting-edge electronic versus classic hand-drawn techniques.



Features unique illustrations from such leading artists as:





• John Maeda

• Paul Davis

• Green Lady (Gary Benzel and Todd St. John)

• Graham Rounthwaite

• Roderick Mills

• Faiyaz Jafri

• Kate Gibb

• Marion Deuchars

• Kristian Russel

• Anthony Burrill

• Jeff Fisher

• Ian Wright

• Tommy Penton

• Shonagh Rae

• Miles Donovan

• Chris Kasch

• Jasper Goodall

• Timmy Kucinda

• Mike Mills

• Eike König

• Ralf Hiemisch

• Marco Fiedler


Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications; First Edition edition (Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823039889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823039883
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 24 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,357,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Angus Hyland studied at the London College of Printing, then the Royal College of Art. In 1998 he became a partner at Pentagram Design, London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Designers and advertisers launch a relentless tirade of ideas aimed to attract our attention. Pen and mouse is a compilation of illustrators' works of varying style, including a mini-interview in e-mail-style format, and a passport-sized self portrait of each artist, all of which form easily-read, entertaining dialogues. Rather than an analytical approach, text is minimal -and thus subliminal- to allow the reader to draw their own conclusions, as the drawings speak for themselves. The book seems as though viewed for the first time everytime it is picked up and in this way, reflects vibrancy in keeping with its artistic intentions. It's almost like a glorious magazine - recommended, especially for inspirational purposes and an insight into media culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars illustration students will love this 19 Nov 2005
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interesting, informative and full of high quality images. an inspiration to all budding illustrators.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book showcases an eclectic compilation of some the most talent illustrators in the world today who use digital processes in creating their work. There is a brief interview with each featured illustrator focussing mainly on their process, which is followed by a small collection of their favourite work. If a criticism could be made it would be that maybe the focus is on featuring many illustrators rather than a comprehensive look at a few, but that besides this book is a joy to look at and shows a diverse range of styles. A definite must for illustration fans and contemporary illustrators. Inspirational.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still One of My Favorites 6 Jan 2009
By Jared England - Published on Amazon.com
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I've owned this book for awhile and have multiple copies. This books is always fun to look through and it always helps jog the brain and give me some idea when I am looking for a little inspiration. It has a really diverse sampling of styles that a lot of design books lack. As a designer who enjoys employing digital techniques in conjunction with more traditional ones this book really hits a home run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrative!! 2 Aug 2001
By mr george h mcknight - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading a review in one of my favourite monthlys I rushed to purchase a well researched and produced piece of graphic literature. A beautiful composition ranging from traditional media(paints, crayons...) to 3dimensional pieces of computer based work. Well worth my hard earned cash.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Illustration resource 27 Aug 2001
By Jeff Mehlhoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is the tops. All of the artists in this book are great. The content is great as well, it gives a short bio and general information on each artist as well as a list of what they use to design. Great book, please buy it.
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