- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Batsford (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906388318
- ISBN-13: 978-1906388317
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.8 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,816,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Big Book of Contemporary Illustration Paperback – September 1, 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
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Not so with Big Book of Contemporary Illustration, which suffers from overshooting the range of topics to cover and very little sense of cohesion with images seemingly chosen and placed at random.
Though some of the artists/work featured are brilliant, the overall quality of works included sags towards the not-very-good side. There is just far too much sketchy, "arty" nonsense that really doesn't help dissuade the popular idea that post-modern/contemporary art is pretentious, art school garbage. But hey, if you're into that sort of thing, you'll probably adore this book.
(For a full flip through and in-depth review, follow the Youtube link on my Amazon profile)
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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