How do illustrators at the top of their game put their work together? That generally hidden process is explored by the AOI’s Derek Brazell and Varoom Editorial Board member and illustration Professor, Jo Davies, in their new book, Making Great Illustration, published this week.
Making Great Illustration looks at some of the world’s best illustrators, offering information from exclusive face to face interviews, with images of work and portrait and studio photographs, it gives a wide ranging view into the creation of illustration from concept to finished work.
The book has ten sections, covering a wide range of illustrative practice from design and advertising, political illustration, children’s books, surface pattern and fashion illustration through to graphic novels and reportage illustration, showcasing many of the top artists in each field.
Making Great Illustration reveals the diversity of working methods used, and gives a rare insight into the unique perspective, approach and artwork of each artist.
We think the combination of face to face interviews, amazing artwork and portrait and studio photographs have produced a great book.
“Thoroughly profound… A wonderful and interesting read that creates an inspiring aura from start to finish.” – Rebecca Abell, Association of Illustrators
Amelia’s Magazine has given the book a favourable review here
“A rich array of important, exciting and inspirational work, intelligently collated.” – Kirsten Hardie, The Arts University College at Bournemouth
“Jo Davies and Derek Brazell do a brilliant job at highlighting the influence that illustration has in everyday life.” – Grafik
“Beautifully curated … One of the loveliest aspects of the book is the attention to detail throughout. The photography is excellent, giving a real sense of each artist’s workspace … Making Great Illustration reveals the 21st century illustration world to be in rather rude health.” – Steve Pill, Artists & Illustrators
“This exquisitely produced survey of contemporary work and workers in the field of illustration provides a cornucopia of images showing what’s going on in the world at the moment … something for everyone … a heavyweight and authoritative volume that says pretty much all there is to be said on its subject.” – Henry Malt, Art Book Review
“Illustrators should gain insight, empathy and a rich seam of passive advice within the deftly distilled thoughts of these artists.” – Stuart Ian Burns, Feeling Listless
Illustrators interviewed for the book include:
Ronald Searle – UK/France / Ralph Steadman – UK / Brad Holland – USA
Dominique Goblet – Belgium / Marian Bantjes – Canada / Grandpeople – Norway
Quentin Blake – UK / Oliver Jeffers – USA/Ireland / Javier Mariscal – Spain
Hvass and Hannibal – Denmark / Matthew Cook – UK / David McKean – UK
Naja Conrad Hansen – Denmark / Paul Davis- UK / Rob Ryan – UK
Jean Phillipe Delhomme – USA/France / Catalina Estrada – Colombia/Spain
Antoine + Manuel – France / Pete Fowler – UK / Yuko Shimizu – Japan/USA