A straight-to-the-point “everything-you-need-to-know” guide to the world of professional illustration for aspiring artists and recent art-school graduates—not only the technical essentials (the difference between narrative versus conceptual illustration, diagramming a composition, mastering negative space, and the impact of different mediums from watercolor to digital to textiles), but industry insights, real-world insider advice, and honest personal development tips from an experienced teacher (“if you say your style is ‘manga’ or ‘anime’ then you have no style”).
From a Newsweek cover depicting the Bush family as characters on Game of Thrones; to the Sistine Chapel (the complete illustrated bible)—visual storytelling through illustration has been an important mode of communication in every culture since ancient times. Unlike a fine artist, an illustrator creates images that serve a specific purpose, and successful illustrators need much more than just talent.
Drawing on a decade of teaching, including at Maryland Institute College of Art and as cofounder of the new Baltimore Academy of Illustration, along with over three decades of professional experience as an illustrator for clients like Marvel Comics, Relapse Records, and The Village Voice—Greg Houston places aspiring artists and recent graduates squarely in the current marketplace, and inspires them to pursue work in the large and lucrative field of professional illustration in a way that will be personally and professionally rewarding for years to come. Illustration that Works demonstrates exactly why illustration is so important to the way we see and communicate today, and how it can be done effectively in an infinite number of styles.
Thought-provoking assignments - Illustrate an op-ed that’s either pro or against religion in the public sphere - Create 3 posters for an HBO documentary series on sex (that can still be displayed anywhere) - Illustrate a pair of identical twins whose lives have veered apart dramatically
400 examples of artwork - Assignments completed by talented students - Pieces from 50 classic and contemporary master illustrators including Brian Sanders, Marshall Arisman, Roberto Parada, Steve Brodner, Paul Rogers, and Greg Spalenka - Houston’s own pieces, both finished and failed
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was so disappointing and I would never present this to my students in grade school, and even at a college level. The author definitely is dated in what illustration involves in the 21st century! He admits to know nothing about digital art which dominates the marketplace today. The illustrations shown, especially his own, are the typical raunchy perverted violent type of illustration that has little place in what the majority of art directors want to see and especially what clients are looking for! I have taught high school art in public and private schools, worked as an illustrator for a book publisher, worked in the creative department of one of the largest ad agencies in the country as a designer/illustrator, and have freelanced for 25 years, and I find this type of book professionally lacking in how the info is presented and personally disgusting. There is so much better illustration going on that this book is a total waste of money!!! Mr. Houston is obviously pushing a...
I bought this as a resource for my grandaughter who is studying illustration. This book, written with knowledge and humor, an unbeatable combination.
A great insight to an illustrator. Really well done
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