The first book I bought of the Illusive contemporary art series is actually Illusive: Contemporary Illustration Part 3. I was smitten by the quality of the art and the book itself and had to get the earlier books.
This is an inspiring book with a broad range of illustrations, all brilliantly reproduced on high grade art paper. There are hundreds of artists with their own unique style, creating art work mainly with traditional medium. This book is a visual treat with its beautiful illustrations.
The only text are some interviews, and at the back is the index with the artists' websites.
It's a great resource for illustrators and graphic designers. Well worth the money.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
:: Beautiful Inspiration ::2008/2/26
I just hope they publish this every year. I know I'd purchase it annually.
It's similar to its previous version. Hardcover book about 300+ pages. This isn't a "How To Illustrate" book. It's a "Get Inspired" book. As a broadcast motion graphics designer, this hits most current styles. Each page is like a different mood board to get inspiration from.
It covers collage, vector, traditional and others. And when I say current styles, I don't mean your "mom&pop" small town coupon illustrations. This hits more to the "Out of the Box" big city illustrations. Think clients that might have money and able to risk big (Nike, MTV, Toyota Hybrid, Diesel, etc.)
Rave reviews hold up2009/11/17
I bought this book based on all of the rave reviews posted here, and thankfully they hold up. Covers the whole gamut of graphic design from vector, paper, installation and collage and offers outstanding examples of creative illustration. I work at a small design studio and the other designers are always coming over to borrow the book. THAT'S how you know it was a good buy!
More than a coffee table book...2008/2/28
This is what you would happily expect...a book filled with page after page of astounding work from talented artists from around the world. What you might not expect (if you had not bought the first volume as I have), is that it is organized by style...and covers the gamut of design aesthetics and mediums. (by organized I mean, that there is no section by section titles that I can recall or index of organizing, but as you flip the pages you will witness the ebb and flow of similarities in the art that is displayed and the differences as you continue through the book, on to another style/medium.) I find this book (as I did the last) unique because of (1) the exceeding quality of artists and perhaps more importantly, (2) the relative "Freshness" of th work on display. As is the case with any book of this nature, the work can quickly become dated. I find that the designs and artists on display in this book are ahead of the curve to be sure... In my work, I scour the internet, read many books, sketch and visit galleries to think of styles and design approaches and have found this book (and this short series) to be a good showcase of work from which to draw inspiration from time to time. Hopefully it can do the same for you...
This book is great. The pages and print are high quality and there are so many great artists in here. Included my former art instructor from UC Berkeley. Great book overall.