Understanding Illustration examines an eclectic and carefully selected set of fascinating images and projects that look at the function of illustrative imagery and the context in which it is created. Featuring an international range of top-of-their-game illustrators, the book celebrates the art and the thinking behind it.
From an illustrated lighthouse in northern Norway to an Australian beer bottle label, Understanding Illustration takes in the huge sweep that illustration covers.
Covering four sections: Documentary, Off the Printed Page, Traditional Uses and Message the book covers projects as diverse as an interactive microsite for Adobe; elephant reportage from India; following the footsteps of USA presidents; giant monsters for Mulberry; The Thousand Nights fairy tales and African American history.
From two dimensional work for books from Shaun Tan and Audrey Niffenegger to imagery from Kristjana S Williams used interactively by the public at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and through to three dimensional models created by Red Nose Studio for the USA Postal service and Nathan Jurevicius’s Scary Girl vinyl figures.
Understanding Illustration confirms that: Illustration continues to be powerful, culturally, politically, commercially;
That the individual is still important and valued in the creation of imagery;
That it contributes to other fields of knowledge working as it does with science, history, conservation;
And that it is a vast and evolving subject , constantly re-defining itself.
The authors deliver a fascinating view of what is happening with illustration at this time internationally.
Section 01 Traditional uses
Jane Austen book covers: Audrey Niffenegger
Eric – Tales From Outer Suburbia: Shaun Tan
The Dirties: Asaf and Tomer Hanuka
The Thousand Nights and One Night: Jan Pieńkowski
The Onion’s Great Escape: Sara Fanelli
Heart and Soul: Kadir Nelson
Feelings – Kleenex campaign: Gail Armstrong
Turning the Tables editorial: George Hardie
Nelson Beer packaging: WeBuyYourKids
Section 02 Documentary
Afghanistan: Richard Johnson
Tara the Elephant, India: George Butler
Coal and Fish Fictional Future: Anne Howeson
New Orleans, Ninth Ward project: Veronica Lawler
And The Pursuit of Happiness: Maira Kalman
The Mandarins: Christopher Corr
Scientific and Medical: Craig Foster
The Battle of Hastings: Victor Ambrus
Laing poster: Peter Grundy
Section 03 Message
Nuclear power and the Greens: Daniel Pudles
Biosphere Congress film: Steve Brodner
The Washington Spectator: Edel Rodriguez
Seattle Gay Pride: Evan Turk
Social Justice portfolio: Luba Lukova
Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibition: Edu Fuentes
The Enemy: Serge Bloch
Water- UNESCO poster: Carlo Stanga
A Monster Calls: Jim Kay
Section 04 Off the printed page
Obrestad Lighthouse: Lucy McLauchlan
Garden Detectives exhibition: Jill Calder
Mulberry Monster campaign: Emma Houlston
Dievas Dunny figure: Nathan Jurevicius
Tickled Pink T-Shirts: Barbara Hulanicki
V & A Museum interactive print journey: Kristjana Williams
Adobe Creative Suite interactive website: Alex Jenkins
Deliver online magazine: Red Nose Studio
I Didn’t See It Coming video: Lesley Barnes
To purchase in the UK go here ISBN: 9781408171790
Available in the USA through Bloomsbury Academic Visual Art ISBN-10: 1408171791 ISBN-13: 978-1408171790
The dancing star bear gracing the cover is by Lesley Barnes from the Belle and Sebastian video featured in Understanding Illustration.
Book design by Simon Sharville