Making Great Illustration

Making Great Illustration looks at some of the world’s best illustrators, offering information from exclusive face to face interviews, with images of work and portrait and studio photographs, it gives a wide ranging view into the creation of illustration from concept to finished work.

The book has ten sections, from illustration in design and advertising, political illustration, children’s books, surface pattern and fashion illustration through to graphic novels and reportage illustration, showcasing many of the top artists in each field. Commissioners from each area introduce the sections.

Making Great Illustration reveals the diversity of working methods used, and gives a rare insight into the unique perspective, approach and artwork of each artist.

“Thoroughly profound … A wonderful and interesting read that creates an inspiring aura from start to finish.” –  Association of Illustrators

“A rich array of important, exciting and inspirational work, intelligently collated.” –  Kirsten Hardie, The Arts University College at Bournemouth

“Jo Davies and Derek Brazell do a brilliant job at highlighting the influence that illustration has in everyday life.” –  Grafik

“Beautifully curated … One of the loveliest aspects of the book is the attention to detail throughout. The photography is excellent, giving a real sense of each artist’s workspace … Making Great Illustration reveals the 21st century illustration world to be in rather rude health.” –  Steve Pill, Artists & Illustrators

“This exquisitely produced survey of contemporary work and workers in the field of illustration provides a cornucopia of images showing what’s going on in the world at the moment … something for everyone … a heavyweight and authoritative volume that says pretty much all there is to be said on its subject.” –  Henry Malt, Art Book Review

“Illustrators should gain insight, empathy and a rich seam of passive advice within the deftly distilled thoughts of these artists.” –  Stuart Ian Burns, Feeling Listless


Featured Illustrators


Ronald Searle  UK/France / Ralph Steadman  UK / Brad Holland  USA

Design and Advertising

Javier Mariscal  Spain / Hvass and Hannibal  Denmark / Emma Dibben  UK


Jeff Fisher  Australia / Yuko Shimizu  Japan/USA / Matthew Richardson UK

Graphic Novels

David McKean  UK / Emmanuel Guibert  France / Dominique Goblet  Belgium


Alex Trochut  Spain / Marian Bantjes Canada / Grandpeople  Norway

Children’s publishing

Quentin Blake  UK / Oliver Jeffers USA/Ireland / Kitty Crowther  Belgium

Fashion illustration

David Downton  UK / Tanya Ling UK/India / Naja Conrad – Hansen  Denmark

Authorial practice

Paul Davis UK / Rob Ryan  UK / Jean – Phillipe Delhomme  USA/ France

Decorative illustration/Merchandising

Pete Fowler  UK/Wales / Catalina Estrada  Colombia/ Spain / Antoine and Manuel  France

Topographical illustration

Olivier Kugler  Germany/UK / Matthew Cook  UK / Laura Carlin  UK


Editorial/Preface writers

Terron Schaefer (Senior Vice President for creative and marketing)  Saks Fifth Avenue USA

Jerelle Krauss (New York Times Op-ed) USA

Polly Dickens (Creative Director) The Conran Shop UK

Calista Brill (Editor) First Second publishers (Macmillan) USA

Sheri Gee (Art Manager) Folio Society UK

Chris Paul (Creative Director/Associate Publisher) Candlewick Press USA

Adrian Shaughnessy writer, designer, publisher UK

Martin Harrison (Senior Designer) The Times UK

Abraham Thomas (Curator of Designs) Victoria & Albert Museum UK


Forward writers

Anita Kunz Renowned illustrator  Canada

Brian Grimwood Illustrator/founder of Central Illustration Agency  UK

Dr Leo De Freitas Leading illustration historian  UK

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