Book Reviews and Recommedations for Artists, Illustrators and Designers

Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s

Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s by Ryan Hughes

Following on from two books that have become a cherished addition to my reference library comes Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s by Rian Hughes. Offering over 500 pages jam-packed with authentic examples of hand-drawn logos, signage, movie titles and vintage ads, this is the most comprehensive collection of Art Deco, Modernist and decorative type you’ll find in…

David Downton: Portraits of the World’s Most Stylish Women

David Downton Book - Portraits of the World's Most Stylish Women
A long-awaited collection from an illustrator synonymous with fashion, David Downton offers classical glamour with portraits of the world’s most stylish women. Often imitated, but never equalled, it’s amazing to learn that the career of fashion illustrator David Downton only really started in the late 1990s with his first official portrait of the model Marie...

Outside the Box: Hand-Drawn Packaging from Around the World

Outside the Box: Hand-Drawn Packaging from Around the World
40 Designers Discuss the Global Resurgence in Hand-Made Packaging Through interviews with forty designers, illustrators and letterers, Gail Anderson offers an detailed look at the trend in hand-drawn packaging. Largely considered to be associated with the boutique, independent crafter and sign of a more personal touch, a global resurgence in artisan style is combined today...

The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age: The 1930s

The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age
Concept Sketches from Four Pioneers of Disney's Golden Age In researching the Disney Animation Studio Library, author Dider Ghez uncovers previously unseen concept drawings and sketches from four pioneering artists of the 1930s; Albert Hunter, Ferdinand Horvarth, Gustav Tenggren, and Bianca Majolica. Including concept artwork from The Old Mill and many other early Disney shorts, They Drew as...

Maly Siri’s Pin-Up Art

Maly Siri's Pin-Up Art - Book Review
Let pin-up artist Maly Siri take you on a tour of the good and bad girls of classic Hollywood.  Maly Sari is a French pin-up artist who’s work i’ve been following for while, ever since I was introduced to to her stunning portraits of the vintage screen icons Hedy Lamarr, Bette Davis and Greta Garbo....

The Art of Disney’s Inside Out

The Art of Disney's Inside Out
A picture-book behind-the-scenes look at Disney's latest feature, Inside Out. In a commercially brave move away from the fairy tale world of Frozen, Disney and Pixar have explored the unusually abstract concept of the human mind for their latest film Inside Out - the story of a 12-year-old girl named Riley and the emotions that live inside...
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