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."