Illustration & Commercial Art Books
For much of the period from the 1920s to the 1960s the BBC not only dominated broadcasting, but became a major publisher. The Radio Times was to be found in every home that had a wireless, The Listener and the Talks Pamphlets were bought by culture vultures, and every school had hundreds of BBC leaflets covering a range of subjects to support School Broadcasting. There were magazines for those wanting to tune into foreign broadcasting stations and for those overseas wanting to listen to the BBC. There were Year Books on BBC activities and plans and books relating to BBC programme series. Demand was such that a separate plant had to be built to print The Radio Times. The majority of these publications carried illustrations, not only to attract buyers by their covers, but in the inner pages as well. In the years covered by this book over sixty artists were commissioned for these from artists such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, Edward Ardizzone, Ronald Searle, and Eric Fraser. Artists commissioned by the BBC considered it an honour, they were joining an elite club. For the period covered by the book the BBC can be bracketed with the likes of Shell and London transport as a major patron of artists, and, possibly, the one that gave its artists the most freedom to experiment and to exhibit their individual eccentricities.
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A variety of 25 internationally known artists in the genre Magic Realism show their own especially, selected work. Among those are David M Bowers, Ginny Page, Darius Slusarski, Rick Lelieveld, Michael Hiep, Steven Kenny and many more. Michael Maschka is the guest of honour.
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This second volume of cinematic eye candy further documents the quickly burgeoning underground film poster movement, a group of artists who challenge Hollywood's marketing machine by bringing clever artwork and design back to movie posters. Nearly 100 emerging artists, with a dozen returning favorites, present their newly produced images. Cinematic visual masters Jason Edmiston, Gary Pullin, Akiko Stehrenberger, Randy Ortiz, Brandon Schaefer, Gabz, Dave Perillo, Chris Garofalo, Anthony Petrie, Godmachine, Tracie Ching, Clark Orr, Orlando Arocena, Steve Dressler, Paul Shipper, Tom Hodge, Luke Insect, and more additionally provide commentary and behind-the-scenes information. Movies illustrated include classics like Vertigo, Rosemary's Baby, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, more recent hits such as Her and Drive, cult favorites Dazed and Confused and Donnie Darko, and childhood staples Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Labyrinth.
This is the 5th book in the Imaginaire Series. David M Bowers from USA is the guest of honour. A variety of internationally known artists in the genre Magic Realism is showing their own especially, selected work. Among those are of course David M Bowers (US), Michael Hiep (NL), Gil Bruvel (US), Patrick Woodroffe (GB), Mark Wilkinson (GB), Micha Lobi (RUS) and many, many more from all over the world.
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What if every Star Trek: The Original Series episode was a movie event? What would the movie poster look like? This was the inspiration to develop a one-of-a-kind set of images for the series that launched a franchise. Artist Juan Ortiz has created unique retro-style art with the look of a 60s movie poster, comic book, pulp novel cover or advertisement, one each for all 80 episodes.
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Zombies continue to morbidly fascinate, through books, film and also TV. Major current film releases such as World War Z and television series such as 'The Walking Dead' and 'In The Flesh' are evidence of the public's insatiable hunger to watch, from the comfort of their sofas, these lurching, shuffling, horrifying flesh eaters. This exciting new book wittily takes the reader through the rise of the zombie, from its vampire-like beginnings in early literature, through the birth of Romero's walking dead in Night of the Living Dead to its comical portrayal in 'zomcoms' (think Shaun of the Dead). As you read, enjoy an eye-grabbing selection of artworks portraying the modern zombie in all its post-apocalyptic doom and dread.
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The 4th book in the IMAGINAIRE series.Wolfgang Harms from Germany is the guest of honour.A variety of 49 internationally known artists in the genre Magic Realism is showing their own especially, selected work. Among those are David M Bowers, Lukas Kandl, Kinuko Y Craft, Jef Bertels, Michael Hiep and Gil Bruvel
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An enthralling overview of the astonishing artistic skill of the leading lifestyle illustrators of the period, "Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s" reveals the changing social aspirations of the post-war generation and their growing optimism for the future. Featuring over 1,000 beautiful and stylistically diverse illustrations, this volume charts the decade's progression as the new younger generation emerged from post-war austerity to shape a new, more aspirational culture. From stylish and urbane young couples in romantic clinches to professional men and women exploring their new-found affluence and growing independence, this book provides an unsurpassed insight into the changing styles, fashions, dreams and social mores of the Fifties. The Fifties was an era of forward-looking optimism, and the hopes and desires of these postwar years were elegantly captured in the stunning artwork of the period. "Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s" is an extensive gallery of spectacular rediscovered and restored artwork by the most talented graphic artists of the day. An informative introduction explores places this long overlooked art form within the wider social context of the period, and in the process reveals how much our lifestyles have changed over the intervening years.
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Styled by hand, this title features the many incarnations of illustration in the world of fashion. Every dress begins with a drawing, every skirt with a sketch. Illustration is integral to fashion design not only as a means of expression, and the starting point of every design, but also for patterns and prints as well as magazine editorial illustrations. Often, artists will even illustrate the newest looks directly from the catwalks. It's high time we celebrated fashion illustration in our Illustration Now! series: here you'll find new work from over 90 artists around the globe, including Ruben Toledo, Aurore de La Morinerie, Bil Donovan, Tanya Ling, and Jean-Philippe Delhomme. The book features quotes by experts from the fashion world: Valentino compliments the work of Gladys Perint Palmer; voices out of the studios of Maison Martin Margiela, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, and H&M add their praise for the talents in the book. Following an introduction by illustration expert Steven Heller, the historical essay by art and fashion historian Adelheid Rasche provides an in-depth exploration of the subject. Looking back to the 17th century, she draws a timeline of fashion illustration until today, accompanied by images such as an early etching by Francois Watteau, a drawing by Paul Iribe for the book of the famous Parisian couturier Paul Poiret, and illustrations by the highly acclaimed masters of modern fashion illustration Rene Gruau and Antonio Lopez as well as, from the later generation, Mats Gustafson and Francois Berthoud.
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This is a collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket. From classics to crime, here are over seventy years of quintessentially British design in one box. In 1935 Allen Lane stood on a platform at Exeter railway station, looking for a good book for the journey to London. His disappointment at the poor range of paperbacks on offer led him to found Penguin Books. The quality paperback had arrived. Declaring that 'good design is no more expensive than bad', Lane was adamant that his Penguin paperbacks should cost no more than a packet of cigarettes, but that they should always look distinctive. Ever since then, from their original - now world-famous - look featuring three bold horizontal stripes, through many different stylish, inventive and iconic cover designs, Penguin's paperback jackets have been a constantly evolving part of Britain's culture. And whether they're for classics, crime, reference or prize-winning novels, they still follow Allen Lane's original design mantra. Sometimes, you definitely should judge a book by its cover.
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For over three decades, graphic artist, designer and illustrator John Alcorn (1935- 1992) had a unique and powerful influence on advertising and publishing in America and Europe. Evolution By Design is a never-before released celebration of his multifaceted visual inventions, his seminal role in the formative years of the celebrated Push Pin Studios (the legendary New York graphic studio founded by Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, Reynold Ruffins and Edward Sorel), his contribution to the rise of psychedelic art in the 1960s, and his broad and versatile artistic career. More than 500 colour illustrations spanning book jackets, editorial illustrations, posters, logos, award-winning children's books, paintings, ads and even billboards advertising the dominant pop icons of his age display not just the striking variety of mediums and styles he employed, but also the wide range of sensibilities he expressed as he expanded the boundaries of modern visual communications. His unique style can be found in hundreds of books (Random House, Simon & Schuster, Rizzoli, Longanesi, Guanda), movie posters (Fellinis Amarcord), magazines and record covers. His work has been exhibited in various locations including the Louvre in Paris.
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Warriors and Heroes is a stunning display of incredible, contemporary fantasy artwork, a complement to its bestselling predecessor, Dragon Art. The first section covers 'Masters & Origins' and introduces some of the writers, characters and artists who helped to shape the fantasy world as we know it today - including James Allen St John, Roy G. Krenkel, the Hildebrandt Brothers and of course Frank Frazetta. A fascinating discussion of warriors and fantasy art follows on, running throughout the book, with a large selection of the best of the current crop of fantasy artists. Warriors & Heroes is interspersed with features on artists' works-in-progress, providing invaluable insight on technique and tools. Warriors & Heroes is a feast of visual imagination and a must for all fans of fantasy art.
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A gorgeous book of days for use as a perpetual diary: birthdays, anniversaries annual events, all can be entered in the week-by-week pages. Accompanied by illuminated illustrations from the beautiful, medieval books of days in the British Library, this sumptuous book of days is the perfect companion to the Flame Tree Notebooks.
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The highly anticipated follow up to best seller, Nuthin' But Mech, this title delivers outstanding artwork from 40 artist contributors to the Nuthin' but Mech blogspot. Founder of the blogspot, Lorin Wood is so passionate about Mecha design that he created a nook of cyberspace to dedicate to the talent that he found among his colleagues.
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This elegant, collectible book presents the powerful concept art created for Destiny, featuring breathtaking imagery that captures the cinematic feel of its universe. Covering everything from the earliest sketches of the Guardians' armor to dilapidated cities on distant planets, this exploration of the art behind the year's biggest new gaming franchise details the incredible artistic development of each class, vehicle, and planet. With hundreds of stunning sketches, character illustrations, pieces of concept art, environments, and more, The Art of Destiny will explore the game's sweeping world, grand scope, and vibrant visuals.
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The Art of Total War is a high-end art book based on the bestselling Total War[trademark] franchise, including the latest game in the series Total War[trademark]: ROME II. This volume will include full colour concept and development art throughout, as well as creator and artist commentaries. Total War is known for its cinematic quality and phenomenal attention to detail, admired by gamers and critics alike.
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Skateboard stickers have always been highly collectable, and this will be the first book to bring together some of the most popular stickers, both classic and new. At a time when skateboarding has already established itself in the mainstream and is now coming back into the 'cool', the book will have massive appeal, combining a nostalgic 'revival' element appealing to the older generation of skaters, while also having a big appeal to current younger skateboard enthusiasts. The book will also have global appeal due to the widespread popularity of skateboarding culture. The book will feature stickers from the following brands: Alien Workshop, Real, Toy Machine, Girl and Santa Cruz. Approximately 30 stickers will be included from each brand.
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If the logo is the face of a company, its stationery might be its makeup. The right choice of a suitable colour, typography or dimensions to speak for the brand enhances its essential values, philosophy and concept. "Designing Your Identity" brings together utterly fresh and creative stationery materials produced by designers from all over the world. The projects featured range from business cards and letterheads to CD packaging, memoranda and notepads. This book shows that a successful corporate identity depends on the details and it will undoubtedly help entrepreneurs to make a statement when starting a new business venture in a highly competitive environment.
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It's the ultimate art tome for the iconic Devil May Cry franchise! This book collects materials from all four classic Devil May Cry games and the Devil May Cry Anime series. Inside you'll find character artwork, weapon designs, creatures, locations, and more. Also included are over 20-pages of exclusive interviews with the developers and artists behind the long-running series, as well as plenty of creator commentary.
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"One of my earliest memories is lying on the floor in front of the kitchen fire, drawing..." Michael Foreman During the war, paper was in short supply but, the large biscuit tins delivered to his Mum's shop were lined with white paper. The tins were about twelve inches square, so unfolded, the paper would be four feet long. Perfect for drawings of marching soldiers and convoys of tanks, the village traffic of his childhood. This is a celebration of Michael's life as a master storyteller and illustrator told through his own autobiographical tales, diary extracts, original sketches and illustrations from his award-winning publications. Beginning with his childhood in wartime Suffolk and his early career as a young artist, and culminating with his collaborations with world-famous authors Terry Jones, Michael Morpurgo and Quentin 'BLOOMIN' Blake, this book showcases his 'greatest hits', and reveals the places, stories and people that inspired him along the way. Divided into three parts: * Memories of Childhood (Looking through War Boy, After the War Was Over and War Game.) * Far-Flung Places (Looking through Treasure Island, Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, World of Fairy Tales and Classic Fairy Tales.) * Friends and Collaborators (Looking through Eric the Viking, Fairy Tales, Nicobobinus, Animal Tales, Fantastic Stories, Arthur, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc, Billy the Kid and Farm Boy.) 'I have been lucky with writers. None have been real trouble. Some I never met. Some I meet only after the book is finished, and some, the easiest to get along with, are the dead ones. Most become friends.' Michael Foreman
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My Little Pony: The Art of Equestria allows fans to experience, for the first time, a deeper exploration of the art and illustrations that comprise the enchanted land known as Equestria, as well as their favourite characters from the much loved television show, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The show, which debuted in 2010, created a new wave of wildly obsessed My Little Pony fans, both young and old. From the My Little Pony brand's inception in 1981, it has been a cultural staple-whether as a toy, a game, a television show, or a movie. This newest incarnation focuses on Twilight Sparkle as her mentor Princess Celestia guides her on a journey to learn about friendship, as well as a colourful, loveable cast of other ponies, including Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, and many more. Beginning with the show's premiere and taking readers through its fifth season, the book will feature an amazing collection of the art, writing and design pieces that help bring these wonderful stories of friendship to life. The book will not only take readers behind the scenes of this beloved show, but it will give readers an understanding of how their favourite characters and the landscape of Equestria came to look as they are today by examining the art of the show from incepton to its final form. Stepping outside of the television show, My Little Pony: The Art of Equestria will also examine the infectious fan culture-from fan art and contests to the amazing presence at conventions like ComiCon. Featuring conceptual art, episode storyboards, and scripts, My Little Pony: The Art of Equestria is the ultimate fan keepsake.
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Assassin's Creed Syndicate takes players into the underbelly of Victorian London at a time when the Industrial Revolution is in full swing. This volume contains hundreds of never-before-seen concept arts, including sketches, final paintings, 3D renders and texture studies, all sitting alongside insightful and comprehensive commentary from the artists and developers. This volume goes deeper into Ubisoft's artistic process than any other art book!
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Video cover art is a unique and largely lost artform representing a period of unabashed creativity during the video rental boom of the 1980s to early 1990s. The art explodes with a succulent, indulgent blend of design, illustration, typography, and hilarious copywriting. Written and curated by Tom aThe Dude Designsa Hodge, poster artist extraordinaire and VHS obsessive, with a foreword by Mondo's Justin Ishmael, this collection contains over 240 full-scale, complete video sleeves in the genres of action, comedy, horror, kids, sci-fi, and thriller films. It's a world of mustached, muscled men, buxom beauties, big explosions, phallic guns, and nightmare-inducing monsters. From the sublime to the ridiculous, some are incredible works of art, some are insane, and some capture the tone of the films better than the films themselves. All are amazing and inspiring works of art that captivate the imagination. It's like stepping back in time into your local video store!