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Magic 1400s – 1950s

  • Magic 1400s - 1950s
  • Magic 1400s - 1950s
  • Magic 1400s - 1950s
  • Magic 1400s - 1950s
  • Magic 1400s - 1950s
  • Magic 1400s - 1950s
  • Magic 1400s - 1950s
  • Magic 1400s - 1950s
  • Magic 1400s - 1950s
  • Magic 1400s - 1950s
  • Magic 1400s - 1950s

Of the many pleasures in running a design studio and writing these book reviews are the wonderful treats that often come through our doors. The best of these offer visual delights and fuel for our imaginations. A highlight of 2014 so far comes in the shape of Magic 1400s – 1950s from TASCHEN – an eye-popping…

History of Pin-Up Magazines

  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines
  • Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines

Although essentially a re-formatting of previously released books, those unfamiliar with Dian Hanson’s History of Pin-Up Magazines are well served by this new edition that collects all three volumes and presents them with a flair we now come to expect from publishers TASCHEN. My initial interest in this series were the countless examples of classic…

The Art Deco Poster

  • The Art Deco Poster
  • The Art Deco Poster
  • The Art Deco Poster
  • The Art Deco Poster
  • The Art Deco Poster
  • The Art Deco Poster
  • The Art Deco Poster
  • The Art Deco Poster
  • The Art Deco Poster
  • The Art Deco Poster

A brief glimpse around the Wing’s Art website reveals that i’m more than a little enamoured by Art Deco design. From its architecture, to furniture and jewelry, few other artistic movements have had such a lasting impact on the creative industries and continue to inspire today. Books on the subject are plentiful, and along with some…

The Noble Approach – Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design

  • The Maurice Noble Approach
  • The Maurice Noble Approach 09
  • The Maurice Noble Approach 09
  • The Maurice Noble Approach 09
  • The Maurice Noble Approach 09
  • The Maurice Noble Approach 09
  • The Maurice Noble Approach 09
  • The Maurice Noble Approach 09
  • The Maurice Noble Approach 09

Along with Walt Disney, Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble stands among a group of men who changed the business of animation forever. But unlike Disney’s traditional approach to animation with realistic characters and highly detailed backgrounds, Maurice Noble applied his own sense of modern graphic design (often with creative partner Chuck Jones) to…

Soho Dives, Soho Divas – Rian Hughes Sketches London’s Burlesque Artistes

  • Soho Dives Soha Divas
  • Soho Dives Soha Divas
  • Soho Dives Soha Divas
  • Soho Dives Soha Divas
  • Soho Dives Soha Divas
  • Soho Dives Soha Divas
  • Soho Dives Soha Divas

While living and working in a remote part of the Somerset countryside has its advantages, suitable venus to acquire that all important art training via life-drawing are few and far between. Rian Hughes rubs this in with his new book, Soho Dives, Soho Divas: Rian Hughes Sketches London’s Burlesque Artistes, a collection of sketches and more…

Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines

  • Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines
  • Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines
  • Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines
  • Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines
  • Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines
  • Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines

In Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines, the illustrator Samantha Hahn presents a collection of portraits imagining 50 of the best-loved female characters from literary classics of the last century. The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan, Scarlet O’Hara of Gone With the Wind and Doctor Zhivago’s Lara Guishar count among an impressive list, illustrated in…

Mitch O’Connell – The World’s Best Artist

  • Mitch O'Connell - The World's Best Artist
  • Mitch O'Connell - The World's Best Artist
  • Mitch O'Connell - The World's Best Artist
  • Mitch O'Connell - The World's Best Artist
  • Mitch O'Connell - The World's Best Artist
  • Mitch O'Connell - The World's Best Artist
  • Mitch O'Connell - The World's Best Artist
  • Mitch O'Connell - The World's Best Artist
  • Mitch O'Connell - The World's Best Artist

Sure, it’s not the most modest move naming the book about yourself The World’s Best Artist, but those looking for the class on subtlety in Mitch O’Connell’s school of self-promotion won’t find it. It’s this tounge-in-cheek and unpretentious approach, backed up by stellar illustration work that makes me a fan, and the promise of that title and the book’s…

100 Years of Fashion Illustration

  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration
  • 100 Years of Fashion Illustration

There are several books written on the subject of fashion illustration with many unfortunately proving to be little more than filler or catalogues of aspiring artists, but there are two in particular that stand out for me as recommended titles. The first being David Downton’s Masters of Fashion Illustration and the second, Cally Blackman’s 100 Years of…

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