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Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s Paperback – August 19, 2011


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Rian Hughes is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator, comic artist, logo designer and typographer. He studied graphic design at the London College of Printing before working for an advertising agency, 'i-D' magazine and a series of record sleeve design companies. In 1994, he founded his own studio, Device, and has since worked with a wide range of international clients in publishing, advertising, music and fashion. He has also worked extensively for the British and American comic book industries, both as artist and designer.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Goodman / Fiell Publishing (August 19, 2011)
  • Language: English, French, German
  • ISBN-10: 1906863040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906863043
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 25, 2010
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Kudos to the author for putting together this amazing collection of illustrations from the 60s. I can't imagine the amount of effort required to source and credit the thousand over pieces of art. There's a total of 576 pages so this paperback book is rather thick.

The style, well, is 60s and the variety comes from the different human subjects featured and the colours. The reproduction of the paintings are good. There's a very nice textural look to them. What strikes me immediately besides the style is the use of masterful composition. The examples on composition are good enough for me to recommend this book even to lifestyle photographers who haven't any interest in paintings -- there's plenty to learn from seeing.

This book should be very nostalgic for anyone working in the design industry during those times. It provides a very interesting glimpse into the the 60s pop culture.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on July 18, 2010
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How amazing to come across a book that I could never imagine would be published but here it is. Over a thousand illustrations from American and British artists used to illustrate romantic fiction in women's weekly and monthly magazines. They all come from British titles of the sixties and you might think, that inherently, the visual format is rather restrictive and it's true that much of the art is similar but these artist's compositions and paint techniques are varied enough to provide interest page after page.

Having worked in magazine publishing back then I was familiar with many of these wonderful illustrators. I was a big fan of Bernie Fuchs and David Roach mentions in his intro that Al Parker was a great influence in the forties and fifties (especially with his mother and daughter paintings for the covers of the Ladies' Home Journal) and Fuchs was a similar inspiration for many illustrators in the sixties, he gets ten works in the book with a stunning spread on pages 326-327.

I estimate the book has the work of over two hundred illustrators, and plenty from unnamed artists. Lynn Buckham has the most then good showings for Joe Bowler, Joe DeMers, Eric Earnshaw, Frank Haseler, Michael Johnson, Brian Sanders, Herb Tauss, Andy Virgil, Coby Whitmore and Walter Wyles. Oddly the great Austin Briggs only gets one. There are several illustrations from teenage weeklies that I would have left out. They are uncredited fashion and spot illustrations of no particular merit especially when compared to the artists whose work fill up most of these pages.

The book's production is excellent and very similar to the Taschen thick, chunky soft cover titles (in fact Taschen published the Fiell's Decorative Art series).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bonanno on November 7, 2010
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I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It's a fine collection of illustration from the 60's by some of the best artists working during that period. If this is the type of art you like, you will definitely enjoy this book. It's also a thick book giving you plenty of art for your money.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Wray on November 2, 2010
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A wonderful book that only fault (and it's a big one) is it has so little Bob Peak artwork, the artist everyone in the book is using to set the pace for the style innovations of the day. A glaring error in an other wise fabulous collection of sixties illustration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Brandon on August 24, 2013
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If you love looking at the 60's Illustrators like I do, then this book is the buy of a life time. Packed with great art from start to end and at 576 pages it is a true bargain. Get this book ASAP !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I'm shopping on February 22, 2011
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I was impressed by this book greatly and recommend it if you enjoy seeing different illustrative work from various illustrators from the 60's. From what I read the majority of these illustrations came from assorted magazines from this era like Woman, Homes and Gardens, to others. The illustrations cover a variety of subject matter like romantic, lifestyle, or illustrative done in assorted styles and media. I recall admiring these various illustrations way back when and I'm glad a collection of this work has been collected.
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By Carmen on December 21, 2011
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Wow - this is a monster of a book. Apart from the foreword by Rian Hughes, the Introduction by David Roach and a couple of pages of short artist biographies, the entire book is made up of art work. The only other text being the year, the artist name and where the art appeared underneath each picture. In a book that is 576 pages long... that's 563 pages of pure art... 1,000 images in all.

This is not a book to be lugging around to read - it weighs a ton! This is one to sit and enjoy at your leisure, dipping in and out for inspiration or just to enjoy. I do like that it is soft backed because, although the cover is prone to creasing easily - mine is thoroughly creased now, not the spine as you might think but the front cover - I do still think it was a better idea. Being heavy already, I think hardback covers might have made it cumbersome to read.

The book is truly gorgeous - I can't even begin to imagine how much time it took to compile. All of the artwork comes from publications like Woman, Woman's Own, Woman's Journal and the timeline ranges from 1960 - 1969. The Foreword and Introduction is a fascinating insight into these 'forgotten artists' and what was happening at the time. I've always loved this style of art and this book is cram packed full of nostalgia for me. Although I wasn't even born in the 60's, I remember as a child of the 80's and early 90's my mum used to be an avid reader of The People's Friend which was always full of similar style art. I remember flicking through, completely bypassing the words and just ogling the pictures, trying to recreate them.
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