When in need of illustration ideas, many budding artists turn to the masters. While this tried-and-true technique is sure to inspire, sifting through the never-ending work of countless creatives can be overwhelming. In order to streamline this process, art experts Steven Heller and Gail Anderson have crafted The Illustration Idea Book, a resource that colorfully compiles “50 of the most inspiring approaches used by masters of the field from across the world.”
In this guide, Heller and Anderson present a professional approach to illustration in an accessible way. The Illustration Idea Book is organized into seven sections, beginning with a call to “play with lettering” and concluding with a crash course in visualizing data. Along the way, you’ll learn about everything from patterns to puns, strengthening your approach to illustration and boosting your creative confidence.
So how did the duo pick and choose what to include in this indispensable guide? “We let the work speak for itself,” Heller told Brown Paper Bag. “In other words, we might have pinpointed one idea, but after analyzing and figuring out a narrative for each or certain work, we found new or additional ideas at play. Some easily cross-over, so it was a matter of making an informed decision on where and why they fell into the bucket that they did.”
On top of exclusive advice, this 128-page paperback book includes 50 works from some of the best illustrators. Featuring an eclectic range of styles and subject matter, this collection of illustrations will undoubtedly inspire you one image at a time.
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