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Illustration & commercial art

See below for a selection of the latest books from Illustration & commercial art category. Presented with a red border are the Illustration & commercial art books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Illustration & commercial art books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

John McConnell: Design

John McConnell: Design

Author: Robert McCrum Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/01/2021

John McConnell's list of collaborators includes many household names - Boots, Faber & Faber, Halfords, Clarks, John Lewis. The man behind the Biba logo (for which he won the D&AD Silver in 1969), the logo of the National Grid and the covers of a Penguin student textbook series from the early '70s has exerted a quiet influence over British design since the sixties. His awards alone speak to his prowess: the Prince Philip Designers' Prize (2002) and the title of RDI (Royal Designer of Industry, 1987) among them. Part biography, part showcase for some of McConnell's most celebrated designs, this book gathers McConnell's exclusive redesign for Faber & Faber - a revolutionary new approach to book covers from the early 1980s.

Railways Studios

Railways Studios

Author: Peter Alsop, Neill Atkinson, Katherine Milburn, Richard Wolfe Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2020

For many decades the Railways Department's design studios, Railways Studio, was New Zealand's 'go-to' advertiser. Its tourism and product ads appear on railway-station hoardings and billboards throughout the land, and it developed some of New Zealand's most iconic graphic images. This big, beautiful book brings this treasure trove of design together for the first time.

Birra Peroni

Birra Peroni

Author: Daniela Brignone, Massimo Siragusa Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2020

Birra Peroni is one of the historical symbols of Italian excellence production: Piedmontese by birth but deeply rooted in the whole national territory since the end of the 19th century, today the brand is known throughout the world, thanks to a consolidated presence on foreign markets. The history of the company is retraced in these pages from an unusual point of view, entrusted almost exclusively to images: those of Peroni's Historical Archive - dedicated to factories, advertising communication and the consumer community - which are accompanied by the shots of five young photographers from the European Institute of Design, who offered their personal reading of the brand. The result is a composite and varied visual story of how Birra Peroni was and is seen and perceived from the outside and from others, through history and today. Text in English and Italian.

Lockdown, With Cats

Lockdown, With Cats

Author: Yeju Kwon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2020

Lockdown, With Cats is a book of artwork created by Yeju Kwon with the hope of comforting contemporary people who deal with stress and anxiety. The theme of this book is centred around living in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic and it aims to depict the tone of current daily life that we are all experiencing. Yeju aims to portray feelings of safety and peace in her drawings and she hopes that the use of cats in her drawings will make it easier for the reader to resonate with these feelings.

The Orientalist Poster

The Orientalist Poster

Author: Abderrahman Slaoui Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2020

The romance of the Muslim East proved a magnet to European artists travelling in the Middle East and North Africa in the late 19th century. The orientalist painting tradition which resulted was far-fetched in its imagery but tremenduously influential, and soon spread to other art forms. One of these was poster art, executed in a boldly-coloured graphic style which swiftly captured the public imagination. At first it was the great shipping lines who advertised their cruises with innovative depictions of exotic destinations, but they were soon followed by other businesses promoting food products, exhibitions, automobiles, railways and tourism. Many of the resulting posters are now highly prized by collectors. The collection of one such enthusiast forms the basis of this book, which contains a treasury of images presenting a distinct vision of the Middle East - ranging from the casbahs and souks of North Africa (as seen by Majorelle and the leading French poster designers) to the minarets of Istanbul and Cairo, the great Mediterranean liner ports, and the crusader castles of the Levant.

Botanical Inspiration

Botanical Inspiration

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Logomotive

Logomotive

Author: Ian Logan, Jonathan Glancey Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2020

In Logomotive Ian Logan's photographs are assembled into chapters and picture essays recalling the great days of lines such as the Santa Fe, the Union Pacific, and the Kansas City Southern. Some of his journeys are presented as travelogues in which he meets the Fat Controller, gets to sound the horn, and wanders into freight yards to see the last generation of streamline locomotives rusting amid the weeds. Animal motifs, Native American allusions, advertising slogans, names of famous trains such as the Super Chief and the Wabash Cannonball provide the subject matter for other picture features.

47 Ronin, The: Samurai Art By Kunisada

47 Ronin, The: Samurai Art By Kunisada

Author: Jack Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2020

World Of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1

World Of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1

Author: Blizzard Entertainment Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2020

Nier: Automata World Guide Volume 1

Nier: Automata World Guide Volume 1

Author: Square Enix Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2020

Character Design Quarterly 14

Character Design Quarterly 14

Author: Publishing 3dtotal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2020

Character Design Quarterly (CDQ) is a lively, creative magazine bringing inspiration, expert insights, and leading techniques from professional illustrators, artists, and character art enthusiasts worldwide. Each issue provides detailed tutorials on creating diverse characters, enabling you to explore the processes and decision making that go into creating amazing characters. Learn new ways to develop your own ideas, and discover from the artists what it is like to work for prolific animation studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks. Issue 14 is adorned by an enchanting cover by Rafael Mayani, and is jam-packed with playful content. It features the humorous development of a group of elderly horror characters by Dom Murphy, nostalgic designs from Glenn Thomas, and artwork from Maite Franchi, Design Lad, Mohammad Marz, and many others.