- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Batsford (21 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906388318
- ISBN-13: 978-1906388317
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Big Book of Contemporary Illustration Paperback – 21 Sep 2009
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This large format 400 page book is perfect for anyone interested in illustration. Over 1000 illustrations show the best in all fields of the subject from 400 illustrators all over the world. The categories include graphic design, fashion, pop, manga and fantasy art. They include traditionally produced work as well as digital. This is an incredible book with detailed illustrations of cars, woodcuts, cut paper, work using digital programmes showing what you can achieve with Illustrator or Photoshop. An excellent book for the budding illustrator or for those trying to get to the top. --http://www.karenplatt.co.uk
About the Author
Martin Dawber is the Principal Lecturer in Fashion at the Liverpool John Moores University where he has taught for the last 25 years.
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The Graphic section has some stunning letterforms and complex graphics. Si Scott has created an amazing football player out of type (page 179) Thien Tran does an intriguing Psalm 23 with type and curlicues (page 171) Joseph Gonzalez, Robert Marras and Sorin Bechira (all on page 181) produced visual explosions that really grab the eye. The Imaginary section I thought was the weakest because, although most of the artists have mastered the use of paint or digital techniques, they don't all have the imagination to create fresh fantasy ideas. The same old monsters and space vehicles abound. This seems a genre where a new visual idea pops up and it gets copied until the next new thing.
The book's production is nicely thought out with many spreads that feature different artists interpretation of the same subject: churches (pages 44.45) dogs (page 102/103) or exercise machines (pages 238/239). Usefully the back pages have contact numbers and web pages for the artists but someone screwed up by not including a page number for each. The printing uses a 175 screen on a matt gloss which makes the book look pretty good, especially the square format.
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Overall good service and great product.
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