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Pictoplasma 2 Hardcover – 18 Sep 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag (18 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3899550218
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899550214
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 24.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether they appear as painted stones, smiling houses, Nick Park-like clay figures or classical cartoons, characters are still the best way to create visuals with which one can identify. Peter Thaler has built upon the success of "Pictoplasma", one of dgv's best-selling titles of all time. Avoiding the lure of creating a straightforward sequel or the simple repetition of his winning formula, he has once again distilled a fine selection of first-rate works from over 9,000 entries. While the traditional role of these loveable icons as commercial branding tools remains important, this volume also touches on the vital new design impulses that have enriched the picto realm during the last few years. More and more often, designers are taking their favourites from the drawing board and computer to the streets as customised objects, urban art and graffiti. Parallel to an overall trend to shake off the shackles of two dimensions, even more of Thaler's selections have made the jump into the third dimension.

For example, cute to grotesque action figures, which are increasingly coveted by adult collectors, are spread across the pages in perfect harmony with traditional graphic design and illustrations by both talented newcomers and stars like Peter Fowler. No matter if it's scribbles, freehand or vector designs, puppets, street art or abstraction: Pictoplasma 2's prime focus remains the development of interesting character ideas and the fertile exchange between different styles and media.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "insame" on 10 Feb. 2004
Whether you're an Artist, an Animator, an Illustrator, a Graphic Designer or just someone who appreciates beautiful books, this is one for your collection. Anyone short on ideas with respect to character design/analysis then this is a must have. A quick flick through and ones imagination is reignited. Featuring some of the top Illustrators/Artists of the 21st century, this book contain thousands of wonderfully created and thought out characters. Im not going to go on as i want to go and study it in more depth...its too good. Whilst your at it you may aswell purchase Pictoplasma 1...the perfect companion. Hours of amusement. Easy now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "insame" on 10 Feb. 2004
Whether you're an Artist, an Animator, an Illustrator, a Graphic Designer or just someone who appreciates beautiful books, this is one for your collection. Anyone short on ideas with respect to character design/analysis then this is a must have. A quick flick through and ones imagination is reignited. Featuring some of the top Illustrators/Artists of the 21st century, this book contain thousands of wonderfully created and thought out characters. Im not going to go on as i want to go and study it in more depth...its too good. Whilst your at it you may aswell purchase Pictoplasma 1...the perfect companion. Hours of amusement. Easy now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrShev on 15 Feb. 2006
This is an inspirational book, beautifully printed. There is a great selection of work here, from all over the world, and I still flick through this from time to time for some ideas. The book itself is wonderfully made and bound and is a great addition to any designer, animator or illustrator's library. I have one and two and this one is as good as the first. Recommended.
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