Book Review: Big Book of Contemporary Illustration by Martin Dawber

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The Big Book of Contemporary Illustration is a wonderful book that I consistently turn to lately for inspiration. I do. I love this book. Jam-packed with illustrations from so many different artists, and featuring so many unique styles as well, it's hard to put down. And, I swear I find something new that I missed every time I open the book.

The book is organized into 8 categories, which includes: built environment, technical, natural world, comic, graphic, and imaginary. There are exceptional works in all categories, and I've got quite a few post-its scattered throughout the book, marking my favorite pages.

The contributing artists for this book are from all around the world - 400 of them! And the illustrations number over 1000 - at least that's what it says on the back of the book - I love it, but I'm not counting. The illustrations include traditional as well as digital art - everything from sketches, watercolor, and acrylics, to works created digitally with Cinema 4D, 3ds max, Painter, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

The author, Martin Dawber, is a designer specializing in fashion, and he does have a couple of other books available on fashion design. He wrote an excellent introduction in this book where he talks about the rejuvenated illustration market and the breaking of boundaries - really a good read, but you do have to get your own copy to find out.

My daughter originally picked this book up for me a year or so ago while she was working at a bargain bookstore. Being over 7 years now since it was published, you can find it really cheap through Amazon, though you'll probably pay more in shipping. But, even at full price, it would be well worth it. It is a hefty book, too, with good quality paper and binding.

Whether you are an illustrator, or appreciative of the art, you will certainly enjoy this book. I give it my highest recommendation.

Find it here on Amazon.

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