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Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s Paperback – August 19, 2011
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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.
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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The book arrainges the artwork in cronological order by year and in most cases lists the artist and source publication. Read morePublished 14 months ago by RJ
I wanted this book since I first saw it but the price for this book has skyrocketed for a reason I've been too lazy to investigate. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jason McLellan
A very complete ilustaradores sellecion of the great all these years, the quality is good matrial bibrante resembled him color management of those years. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by cesar fernandez
I usually stick to comic/animation/fantasy art being the nerd that I am but this book is great if you're an Illustrator. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by K. Truett
This is both a great bit of reference and a nostalgic look back at the advertising market in the 60s. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Cerberus
Lifestyle Illustrations of the 60s (sic) is a colorful book, but for a volume purporting to be an historical view of magazine illustration in '60s Britain, there is too much... Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Mr Bryn Havord
the book is a collection of magazine illustrations form 1960 to 69, I wish it was a little larger, and had a few more images from the late 60's but over all I really liked itPublished on December 28, 2012 by Tim
I ordered this book hoping to find the authentic illustrations of the 60s and got exactly that - plus the unexpected cover to cover color pages. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by Reviewer