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Book Review :: The Fundamentals of Illustration

Thomas James

Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
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The Fundamentals of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen is an incredibly popular illustration textbook which is used in many schools and universities around the world. The author is the Dean of Design at the prestigious LCC in London.

This new edition, with revisions by Louise Fenton, has been updated with a wealth of fresh visuals and contemporary case studies. It includes new and revised content and examples that reflect the changes and developments in the discipline over the past few years. It showcases work from a range of great contributors including Anthony Burrill, Billie Jean, Miles Donovan, Sara Fanelli, Henry Obasi and Kustaa Saksi.

The book truly lives up to its title: It’s all about the fundamentals, and it covers all the bases. It goes into depth about medium choices, different kinds of illustration (editorial, publishing, advertising, etc) and self-promotion. It’s a building block of good information. I think this book would be great for a young student who might be thinking about getting into illustration, or perhaps someone who wants to start a new craft with a clear view of how the illustration industry operates.

The book also poses questions to get you thinking, and exercises to get you creating. But I think the thing I like the best is the objectivity in which the material is presented. It’s honest, sharing the ins and outs, ups and downs to everything it offers. It lets you make the call.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1 – The illustrator as artist (includes a case study on John Clementson)

Chapter 2 – The medium is the message (includes a case study on Tim Vyner)

Chapter 3 – From outcomes to outlets (includes a case study on Olivier Kugler)

Chapter 4: Communicating ideas (includes a case study on Damian Gascoigne)

Chapter 5: Making it happen (includes a case study on Ben Kelly)

Chapter 6: Production (includes a case study on Howard Read)

Read more about the book here. Purchase it for your own reference here.

Posted by Thomas James on 09/24/12 under books
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One for the Bookshelf: Making an Impression

Thomas James

Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
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Geninne Zlatkis is an amazingly talented, prolific artist and stamper. And, of course, her birds have us aflutter. (We’ve said so before.) So we were delighted to learn that she’s got a new book coming out soon. October 2nd, to be exact. Making an Impression: Designing and Creating Artful Stamps looks beautiful, and is now available for pre-order through Amazon.

Posted by Thomas James on 09/17/12 under books
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Pattern Designer – Melody Miller

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Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
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With a background in fine art, Melody Miller has done everything from study industrial design to work as a makeup artist and, later, as graphic designer and marketing maven. Melody’s first line of fabric, Ruby Star Rising for Kokka, was released in the fall of 2010 to rave reviews; Melody has since released two more lines of fabric with Kokka. Melody lives in Atlanta with her amazing photographer hubby and two charmingly quirky children.

She also has a book of wrapping papers available on Roost Books.

View Melody Miller’s: Book | Website | Blog

Posted by Thomas James on 08/22/12 under artists,books
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Artist: Jackie Clark Mancuso

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Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
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Jackie Clark Mancuso began drawing dogs in Luxembourg Gardens when living in Paris. The drawings turned into the paintings that inspired the story of Paris-Chien. Before that she was an art director at Parenting and Baby Talk magazines in New York City, and has designed books for Weldon Owen/Pottery Barn, Sunset Books, and Nolo Press. Jackie visits her Parisian friends, human and canine, every chance she can.

View more of her dogs and drawings: Portfolio Site

Posted by Thomas James on 08/20/12 under artists,books
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Artist: Oliver Jeffers

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Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
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Oliver Jeffers is a New York based artist who’s done a few really beautiful picture books, the lastest is called “Stuck“.

See more of his work on his: Portfolio Site | Picture Books

Posted by Thomas James on 08/15/12 under artists,books,children's art
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Artist: Massimiliano di Lauro

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Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
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From the editorial submissions:

Artist: Massimiliano di Lauro is an italian illustrator who just published his first book with OQO Editora, “Mi primer viaje“. His work is very painterly, scratchy and textured. Here he shows us how to paint Pinocchio with a woodblock.

View more on his blog.

 

Posted by Thomas James on 07/11/12 under artists,books
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