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This latest volume of the Society of Illustrators’ annual is a gorgeous collection of the year’s best illustrations derived from books, advertising, comics, and un-commissioned works of artistic expression.
Designed by D. J. Stout of the prestigious Pentagram Design firm, this compilation presents not only the year’s finest graphic design work, but also the ideas behind the art as explained by the artists themselves. In Illustrators 54, each artist discusses the “how to” and “why” of their art, marking this annual a visually stunning art book and a riveting read into the creative process of today’s top working illustrators.
photographs that I saw in a book by Hans Silvester entitled, Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa. GOLD MEDAL WINNER EMILIANO PONZI Evil Apple Core This piece combines Adolf Hitler, one of history’s evil icons, with the apple, the fruit of Eden’s Tree of Knowledge. At the core of each apple is a seed, a symbol of life, but also a natural source of cyanide. “Bad seed” is also an American idiom for someone who is evil to the core. GOLD MEDAL WINNER JILLIAN TAMAKI
Angelico and Giotto, and then looked to other masters for answers, among them, Titian, Watteau, Picasso, Degas, and Manzu. As a way to improve, he did more than study artists he admired. “It’s good to copy,” he says. “The artist you’re copying has solved all the problems of composition and color. You’re learning how to mix color and get it on the canvas like the master did. You’re learning to think the way he did. You have to think like Degas to paint in his style. It doesn’t mean you can think
for a calendar by Entega, a German ecological energy company. Each month illustrated a myth or a lie about green energy and was accompanied by a beautifully written fable. The deadline was short and I dedicated about a month and a half to this project. The art directors from DDB gave me the creative freedom that I needed in order to illustrate this important subject. DANIEL CHANG Full-Body Peril Proto, a magazine produced for Massachusetts General Hospital, explores ideas in biomedical
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Bruges. In 1938, Bemelmans, Mimi, and their two-year-old, Barbara, traveled to France. On the recommendation of Georges, an underworld friend, Bemelmans visited the Ile d’Yeu off the coast of France. Here came more inspiration for Madeline when he was knocked off his bike by a truck. He had to walk to the hospital, where, he wrote, “in the next room was a little girl who had had her appendix out, and on the ceiling over my bed was a crack that, in the varying light of morning, night and noon,