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Illustration Now (25th Anniversary Special Edtn) [Hardcover]

By Julius Wiedemann (Editor)
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Spanking new: A freshly-picked selection of today's hottest illustrators Following the success of Illustration Now!, this installment presents a completely new selection of 150 illustrators from all around the world. Whereas the first volume brought together a fascinating mix of star illustrators and brand new faces that together formed the face of illustration around the world, Illustration Now! 2 is even more exciting, featuring illustrators from 25 countries, with styles ranging from cutting edge to traditional. Also included is a dialog between design specialist Steven Heller and German illustrator Christoph Niemann about illustration's role in the world today. This book is perfect not only for creative professionals and illustration students, but also artists and anyone with an appreciation for visual language.

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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   2.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3836505096  
ISBN13  9783836505093  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art Instruction & Reference > General
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Commercial > Illustration
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Reviews - What do customers think about Illustration Now (25th Anniversary Special Edtn)?

Great  Aug 7, 2008
The book is in good shape. It has a lot of good information on many illustrators of today which help inspire me in my own work.
Obviously Subjective  Jun 7, 2008
I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this book.

I like that there is only a small 'blurb' from each artist on their header page; the publisher (and I LOVE taschen books) left the majority of space on each page for the artwork.
I didn't buy this book to read; I bought it to flip through and absorb the imagery.
A bonus is that more information on each artist is listed alphabetically in the back if you want it.

I love that there are a whopping 150 artists in this book, and about half are really quite good.
The book includes some of my favorites: Tomer Hanuka, James Jean, Simone Legno, Tara McPherson, and Yuko Shimizu. Finding those artists in this book was a very pleasant surprise (I had no idea who exactly was included in this book).
A lot of the book, however, is mostly crap.

I suppose this is why art is considered subjective.

I also can appreciate that the book covers a huge range of style and media and includes artists from around the world, but like I said before, I'm glad I didn't pay full price.
beautifull, missing more text  Jan 19, 2007
Wonderfull selection of artists, very inspirational each time you open it.
Good quality reproductions.
I wish it had more theoretical text and practical information about world of illustration.
On the other hand, I must say that all the web sites and agent info for each
artist were very helpful.
Anyone who wants to get into this kind of work or just enjoys great art will
benefit from this book.
Wicked Cool  Jun 11, 2006
I love this book. I bought it as an impusle buy but I can't stop flipping through it. Lots of inspiring artwork. My only complaint is that the artist's blurbs were for the most part unsatisfying. They sounded like something the artists release en masse to their publicists. I would have liked to hear more about how they work and their techniques. But I guess they can't give away all their secrets. I like this book just for the sheer fact that there are not many books out there of up and coming pop artists. This is definately a good start and inspiring for a budding artist like myself.
Impossibly pretty, but not a strong selection  Feb 23, 2006
I just couldn't leave this in the shop. It's so beautifully produced that all my objections went for nothing. The Gary Baseman cover alone would have done it.
But if we were to go by the book's content, we would find that 80 percent of today's most remarkable in illustration consists of unimaginative, clipart-like vector graphics and over-airbrushed Photoshop clumsiness. Too much of this stuff fits the term 'visual demagogy'.
By the amount of shallow commerciality presented (which very often borders on dilettantish) the book gives an objective account on the general state of things, to be sure. But why be concerned with the artistically irrelevant, when there are so many great talents out there? Greg Clarke, Gary Taxali, Mark Ulriksen, Dan Page, Joe Morse, James Jean, Brad Holland, John Hendrix, Olaf Hajek, Douglas Fraser, Vanessa Dell, Brian Cronin, Daniel Chang and the already mentioned Gary Baseman are among them. Their painfully few pages save an otherwise unsubstantial book.

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