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Disappointing, but informative
on 16 June 2005
As an Illustration student, and now in my second year, I've come to notice that booklists can be out-dated and out of print. This particular book is another example: lacking in colour, which still staggers me as its a book about ILLUSTRATION for children, which renders most of the beautiful works collected in this volume rather dull and similar (Ivan Bilabin, for example, is not done justice!)
Also, some of the information on colour seperations and printing methods are way out of date: so don't be put off by the complexity of them. Not all illustrations have to be broken down into several thousand layers of colour BEFORE being sent off to the rpinters (Well, three layers, actually) and nowadays the illustrator has more freedom as to how his work is displayed and printed.
This book is also disappointing as it only seems to deal with flat illustrations: No pop-up books, Interactive or Board-books, which are extremely popular with children. However, I suppose this is a result of the books age.
The notes on spacial arrangement and composition are very good-my course just doesn't teach those things, so I got some use out of the book, and the names of several illustrators whose works I wanted to see in actual colour.
Not a bad book for those who are merely interested in art, but I wouldn't recommend it to any artist/student who wants to learn more about the publishing and printing processes.