Monday, March 21, 2016

Masters of Illustration to be rereleased

If you missed the chance to buy a copy of Masters of Illustration in 2011, it's too bad because it was one of the best books on illustration history and it went out of print fairly quickly. Used copies cost more than $170.

The good news is that it will be rereleased via a Kickstarter campaign that's taking off like gangbusters.

The book is based on articles for Step-by-Step Graphics written by historian and dealer Fred Taraba. From 1989 to 2001. Taraba wrote about many of the great illustrators that were overlooked in the classic book from the mid-1940s Forty Illustrators and How They Work.

Some of the illustrators included in this volume are Andrew Loomis, John Gannam, Mead Schaeffer, Al Dorne, and Robert Fawcett. The book is beautifully produced, with high quality scans of the original artwork, plus documentary photos about each of the illustrators' life and process.

Previously on the blog: "Masters of Illustration: 41 Illustrators and How They Work."


Joel Wetzel said...

I wish your sketching book with Kinkaid were rereleased.

Fabio Porta said...

I second Joel, I've been trying to find that one for ages, but it's super rare, especially in Europe!

Sam said...

Joel and Fabio, keep an eye out on websites like Alibris and Amazon, sometimes the book will come down to $50 on those sites. I snagged a copy that way and it was in great condition too!

Rich said...

"Used copies cost more than $170.-)"
That's quite a bargain!

Against some §1.000.000.- in crap "artwork" sold and hammered down at certain auctions.

HNK said...

It is almost impossible to get this book in Russia. There are many great books that are hard to find here. Especially the "real" ones, not electronic in PDF format. Though I will keep an eye out if something happens.