Wrappers Delight by Jonny Trunk

Cigarettes for Kids! Jarvis Cocker introduces this nostalgic trip to sweetshops of old where you can find The A-Team Bubble Gum, The Beatles Sweet Cigarettes (cigarettes for kids!) and Space Raiders competing for your 10p pocket money. An obsessive collection discovered by Jonny Trunk and lovingly presented here with over...

The 1980s Fashions of Stranger Things

When you need some killer 1980s patterns for your next TV show, who you gonna call? So there I was sitting on my sofa relaxing into the new season of Stranger Things, everything as it should be with its perfect 80s styling and production design. The Starcourt Mall appears in...

The Pop Culture Art of Jason Edmiston

Jason Edmiston is an artist who understands the fun of Friday night horror films and the pop culture art that surrounds it. Whether he's painting a portrait of the Bride of Frankenstein, posters for the films of John Carpenter, packaging for He-Man figures or prints of Khaleesi's Dragon Babies, his work...

The Vintage Videogame Art of Atari by Tim Lapetino

Take a nostalgic trip to the golden-age of video game art with Tim Lapetino and his new book, The Art of Atari.  In the earliest days of video games when bouncing coloured squares around a low-res screen was all you could expect from the experience, artists and marketeers like those at...

Custom Lettering of the 1920s and 30s

Following on from two books that have become a cherished addition to my reference library comes Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s by Rian Hughes. Offering over 500 pages jam-packed with authentic examples of hand-drawn logos, signage, movie titles and vintage ads, this is the most comprehensive collection of Art Deco, Modernist...

The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro

Ivan Castro offers the perfect guide for teaching yourself how to create those cool hand-drawn scripts. In The ABC of Custom Lettering, Ivan Castro has provided students with the definitive textbook on drawing their own letters. Doing for graphic writing what Andrew Loomis did for illustration with his renowned series,...

Death and the Eternal Forever by Ron English

The twisted tale of Ron English and the futile attempt to cheat death. Mix Mickey Mouse and Ronald McDonald with classical surrealists such as Dali, Magritte and Picasso and you’re close the candy-coloured vision of hell as depicted in Death and the Eternal Forever by Ron English. A study of the belief that...

David Downton: Portraits of the World’s Most Stylish Women

A long-awaited collection from an illustrator synonymous with fashion, David Downton offers classical glamour with portraits of the world’s most stylish women. Often imitated, but never equalled, it’s amazing to learn that the career of fashion illustrator David Downton only really started in the late 1990s with his first official...

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Stunning concept drawings, character designs and unused ideas reveal the epic production design of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now that The Force Awakens has been out for a few weeks I feel safe in my judgement, away from all the hype and hyperbole, to declare that it’s actually pretty...

Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Darwyn Cooke

The Collected DC Universe Illustrated by a Master of Comics As someone who studies the work of Darwyn Cooke believing him to be an artistic genius, I believe a proper coffee table book covering the work of this incredible comic book artist is long overdue. Graphic Ink: The DC Comics...

Outside the Box: Hand-Drawn Packaging from Around the World

40 Designers Discuss the Global Resurgence in Hand-Made Packaging Through interviews with forty designers, illustrators and letterers, Gail Anderson offers an detailed look at the trend in hand-drawn packaging. Largely considered to be associated with the boutique, independent crafter and sign of a more personal touch, a global resurgence in...

Graphic de la Rue: The Signs of Paris

Inspirational Lettering from the World’s Most Romantic City. From the Art Nouveau entrance of the Paris Metro to the evocative neon lettering of the Moulin Rouge, Louise Fili’s new book Graphic de la Rue: The Signs of Paris does for the city of romance what her previous book Grafica della Strada...

The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age: The 1930s

Concept Sketches from Four Pioneers of Disney's Golden Age In researching the Disney Animation Studio Library, author Dider Ghez uncovers previously unseen concept drawings and sketches from four pioneering artists of the 1930s; Albert Hunter, Ferdinand Horvarth, Gustav Tenggren, and Bianca Majolica. Including concept artwork from The Old Mill and many other early...

Maly Siri’s Pin-Up Art

Maly Siri take's you on a tour of the good and bad girls of classic Hollywood.  Maly Sari is a French pin-up artist who’s work i’ve been following for while, ever since I was introduced to to her stunning portraits of the vintage screen icons Hedy Lamarr, Bette Davis and...

VHS Video Cover Art by Thomas Hodge

England… The year is 1985… A new technology has infiltrated the homes of normal, god fearing families, resulting in an addiction to a new form of entertainment. They demand more content while governments are desperate to control it…This is VHS.

The Art of Disney’s Inside Out

A picture-book behind-the-scenes look at Disney's latest feature, Inside Out. In a commercially brave move away from the fairy tale world of Frozen, Disney and Pixar have explored the unusually abstract concept of the human mind for their latest film Inside Out - the story of a 12-year-old girl named Riley and...

Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer

Playboy cartoonist, political satirist, screenwriter and children's book author - this is the amazing art of Jules Feiffer. While his art style might not have been immediately attractive to me, i’m glad to have read Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer, because it's introduced me to an artist and...

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

With a brilliant cast of characters boasting furry pants and spring-action waists, The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe reveals fond memories with every page. With a finger running over a double-page spread which displays packaging illustrations for those great, now vintage He-Man action figures, I could have been heard counting to myself, “Had that one, had that...

Masterworks from the Golden Age of Illustration

A stunning collection of work that celebrates America's golden age of illustration. Daniel Zimmer, editor and publisher of Illustration Magazine, takes advantage of a vast image archive for The Golden Age: Masterworks from the Golden Age of Illustration. A celebration of the period between 1880 and 1920 where illustration dominated American entertainment, and it's artists enjoyed fame,...

Genius, Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth

Completing an epic look at the life and work of comics legend Alex Toth, this third book in the series Genius, Animated focuses on his revered and influential work on our favourite Saturday morning cartoons.

The Stunning Packaging Design of Criterion

A testament to the power of film to inspire visual artists, Criterion Designs is an essential collection of artwork and cover designs from the company’s stunning back catalogue.

Poster Art of Disney Parks

Chronicling an ever-changing design aesthetic, The Poster Art of Disney Parks is an entertaining trip down memory lane for some and a masterclass in poster design for others.

Mid-Century Modern Complete

With an unmistakable design aesthetic that set standards for everything from furniture to film, Mid-Century Modern Complete offers rich territory for creative inspiration.

James Bama: American Realist

Depicting a rough and tough man’s world of adventure, James Bama paints with a skill equaling the best of America’s great illustrators.

Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos

An artist who added colour to the classic horror of a black and white era, Basil Gogos is the true King of Monsters.

Al Parker: Illustrator, Innovator

Regarded as one of the leading illustrators of the mid-twentieth century, Al Parker has left an artistic legacy that continues to inspire, and provides one of the first ‘must have’ art books of 2015.

The Art of Robert E. McGinnis

Featuring work from one of our greatest living artists and member of the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, The Art of Robert E. McGinnis is an essential collection for fans pop culture art.

Grafica Della Strada: The Signs of Italy

The perfect sourcebook for graphic designers, Grafica Della Strada: The Signs of Italy exudes a classical deco style.

Geek-Art: An Anthology

Nintendo, Action-Figures and Street Fighter II. Star Wars, Batman and Universal Monsters. Get ready for Geek-Art: An Anthology.

Star Wars Art: Posters

Featuring the most iconic images produced for the Star Wars universe, Star Wars: Posters offers a definitive visual history of this classic saga.

The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio

With over 350 pages of incredible illustration, The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio represents a masterclass in comic art.

The Art of The Box Trolls

Philip Brotherton offers readers a look behind the scenes at LAIKA studios with the Making of the new animated film The Box Trolls.

I’d Love to Draw! By Andrew Loomis and Alex Ross

For the first time ever in print, Titan Books completes the renowned instructional art series by Andrew Loomis with ‘I’d Love to Draw!’

The Art of John Alvin

Including instantly recognisable images, The Art of John Alvin confirms his position among the greatest movie poster artists of all-time.

Case Study: Boardwalk Empire Blu Ray Menus

Indulge in the classical elegance of Art Nouveau with these backgrounds and frames that take inspiration from the architecture and master artists of the period such as Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt. An artistic movement unsurpassed for its decorative powers and now available to our customers as a collection of four unique designs – perfect for special occasions, invitations, posters, websites and more.

Tiki Pop

How Tiki Became An American Dream Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, Sven A. Kirsten's Tiki Pop traces the history of America's most colorful cultural trend - a manufactured Polynesian paradise of hula girls, rum cocktails and the leisurely sounds of steel guitar. So seductive was...

Herman Schultheis and the The lost Notebook

Reading through The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic, John Canemaker paints a picture of a rather curious man. A self-aggrandizing and maybe even delusional character, Schultheis was undoubtably enthusiastic and keen to get involved with the burgeoning film industry of the 1930s. Through countless experiments with new...

All-American Ads of the 40s

With All-American Ads of the 40s, TASCHEN Books continues their tradition of packaging together essential examples of vintage advertising ephemera, this time focusing on a period both gripped by World War II and the subsequent wave of consumerism.

Kiddie Cocktails and the Art of Derek Yaniger

A fun collection of soda pop recipes featuring the cool retro art of Derek Yaniger. If you're the type of person that likes nothing more of an evening than to fix yourself a drink at your novelty cruise ship-shaped bar, kick back and drift away to the tropical sounds of Arthur Lyman (in...

Film Noir. 100 All-Time Favorites

Film Noir: 100 All-Time Favorites from TASCHEN is an essential introduction to the seductive and cinematic delights of film noir.

Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy

From the surprisingly violent opening sequence of A New Hope, to the early concept designs of now familiar characters, there's an uncanny feeling attached to viewing these storyboards. It's the original Star Wars trilogy that we all know and love, but with countless subtle differences that effectively describe an ongoing filmmaking...

TASCHEN 365: A Year In Pictures

To peruse my bookshelf is to witness the dominance of one particular publisher, TASCHEN. Their continued brilliance in presenting both high and low culture ephemera via beautiful coffee table books makes them my go-to source for that ever-essential creative inspiration.

Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair

In accompaniment to the exhibition Magic Color Flair, John Canemaker provides this fantastic overview of the designer and illustrator Mary Blair.

Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’

New on DVD is the documentary, Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’. Offering a profile of this prolific painter and founder of Juxtapoz Magazine

The World History of Animation

Stephen Cavalier’s The World History of Animation offers a definitive look at the diverse ranges of styles in animation.

The Art of DreamWorks Animation

The Art of DreamWorks Animation by Ramin Zahed offers a history of the studio founded in 1994 by Spielberg, Katzenberg and Geffen.

Magic 1400s – 1950s

Of the many pleasures in running a design studio and writing these book reviews are the wonderful treats that often come through our doors. The best of these offer visual delights and fuel for our imaginations. A highlight of 2014 so far comes in the shape of Magic 1400s - 1950s...

True Crime Detective Magazines

The Artists Who Made Crime Pay The general public's appetite for low-brow sleaze has long been a safe bet for publishers, and while tales of crime and grizzly murders might now feel more at home in a sophisticated prime-time TV series, it was once the mass market crime magazines that...

History of Pin-Up Magazines

Although essentially a re-formatting of previously released books, those unfamiliar with Dian Hanson's History of Pin-Up Magazines are well served by this new edition that collects all three volumes and presents them with a flair we now come to expect from publishers TASCHEN. My initial interest in this series were...

The Noble Approach – Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design

Along with Walt Disney, Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble stands among a group of men who changed the business of animation forever. But unlike Disney's traditional approach to animation with realistic characters and highly detailed backgrounds, Maurice Noble applied his own sense of modern graphic design (often with...

Alternative Movie Posters – Film Art from the Underground

I count myself among a strange breed of pale thirtysomethings - over exposed to TV, horror films, video games and all those other bad things supposed to rot our brains - but specifically amazing film poster art. Born of the home video generation, with daily life coloured by films such as Blade...

Soho Dives, Soho Divas – Rian Hughes Sketches London’s Burlesque Artistes

While living and working in a remote part of the Somerset countryside has its advantages, suitable venus to acquire that all important art training via life-drawing are few and far between. Rian Hughes rubs this in with his new book, Soho Dives, Soho Divas: Rian Hughes Sketches London's Burlesque Artistes, a...

Starstruck – Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood

Through his many examples of beautiful vintage movie posters, film historian and collector Ira M. Resnick reveals the history of Hollywood and the leading men and screen goddesses of cinema's golden-age. From the biographies of silent-era stars such as Louise Brooks and Gloria Swanson, to the personal travel tales as...

The Art of Disney – Frozen

As a life-long animation fan, I fear that the Disney studio is currently stuck in some kind of creative lull. With each new feature I find myself less and less engaged, and have come to the conclusion that it's all the fault of the homogenizing effect of CGI. While films...

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

Countless editions of Hans Christian Andersen's popular fairy tales can be found in various forms, but few provide the lavish presentation offered by TASCHEN's latest collection, that continues the format set by last year's The Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm. With 23 timeless stories contained within it's hardback cover including,...

Star Wars Art: Concept

The award-winning director Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Captain America) introduces Star Wars Art: Concept with an affectionate look back at his early career working as a storyboard artist on the original trilogy. An experimental time where Star Wars wasn't yet the cultural phenomenon we all now know and a fitting...

Sirens: The Pin-Up Art of David Wright

The work of David Wright was unknown to me before it's introduction in the article by Peter Richardson in issue 2 of Illustrators Magazine. His pin-up paintings and comic book illustrations were immediately impressive, equalling that of more prominent artists such as Gil Elvgren and Harry Ekman, and left me firstly...

The Frazetta Sketchbook – Volume One

Towering above all others in the land of the comic book gods stands Frank Frazetta, a powerhouse of science-fiction and fantasy art, sadly no longer with us, but whose work remains as popular and sought-after as ever. The Frazetta Sketchbook is a welcome addition to the collections of available work, offering a...

Roger Corman – King of the B-Movie

Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses – Roger Corman, King of the B-Movie – By Chris Nashawaty

Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Taschen provides an extensive reference catalogue of vintage typography and ornamental elements ranging from 1628 to 1938.

Mitch O’Connell – The World’s Best Artist

Sure, it's not the most modest move naming the book about yourself The World's Best Artist, but those looking for the class on subtlety in Mitch O'Connell's school of self-promotion won't find it. It's this tounge-in-cheek and unpretentious approach, backed up by stellar illustration work that makes me a fan, and the promise of...

Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s

Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s by Ryan Hughes is the long-awaited follow-up to his collection of vintage magazine illustration of the 60s

Star Wars Storyboards – The Prequel Trilogy

Star Wars Storyboards proves that the prequel trilogy wasn’t all bad and even had some good ideas, even if they didn’t make the final cut.

Jazz New York in the Roaring Twenties

Re-released this month from TASCHEN is Robert Nippoldt and Hans-Jürgen Schaal's hardback collection of biographies, facts and anecdotes from the earlest days of the Jazz revolution, Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties. Told through a series of portraits by Nippoldt (drawn in a similar style to R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz...

100 Years of Fashion Illustration

There are several books written on the subject of fashion illustration with many unfortunately proving to be little more than filler or catalogues of aspiring artists, but there are two in particular that stand out for me as recommended titles. The first being David Downton's Masters of Fashion Illustration and the...

Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm

First released in hardback last year, Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm was so popular that it quickly became hard to find a copy without spending upwards of £100. Thankfully, publishers Flesk now offer a more accessible paperback edition subtitled, The Big Pocket Edition. Although not...

Legends of the Blues by William Stout

In 2006 the ever popular comic book artist Robert Crumb introduced us via a book of portraits, profiles and accompanying music to his Heroes of Blues, Jazz and Country. Following the same format, it's now William Stout's turn to present his Legends of the Blues. Again, another legendary comic book...

World Tour: Vintage Hotel Labels from the Collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton

It's something of a coincidence that just a few days before receiving a copy of World Tour from Abrams Books, i'd sat down to watch the classic 1932 film Grand Hotel. A film that couldn't match this book more perfectly, telling the story of the comings and goings inside this...

Fun with a Pencil – By Andrew Loomis

This week sees the release of the next in Titan Books series of Andrew Loomis reprints, Fun with a Pencil. Actually dating as the first of the Loomis instructional art books (going all the way back to 1939) it inevitably shares some of its content with his later releases, but...

The Golden Age of DC Comics

With the anticipated release of the new Superman movie, DC's status as a leader in the comic book industry remains as strong as ever, with its success only really comparable to that of Marvel. It's testament to the power and longevity of their characters that the very same Man of...

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition

With Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer Artist's Edition, IDW introduced it's range of high-end books for the comic collector, featuring reproductions of raw artwork from some of the worlds most renowned comic book artists. So acclaimed (and limited) was this first edition of Stevens' beloved creation that it sold-out within days,...

Swissted

Swissted is the brain-child of Graphic Designer Mike Joyce, combining a love of punk rock, indie and grunge gig posters with his own Swiss inspired modernist aesthetic. Featuring great bands such as Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Beastie Boys and The Cramps, the result is an unlikely pairing of seemingly un-related pop-cultures,...

A Guide to Archigram 1961-74

During the 1960s and 70s, a time of ever-increasingly functional highrise buildings, existed Archigram, an avant-garde architectural group who's principal members Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Ron Herron, Dennis Crompton, Michael Webb and David Greene undertook experimental projects in response to the changing world around them. This was also a time of the moon landing, rapidly evolving technologies and...

The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation

During the reading of The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation I found myself watching all of the classic 1960's TV Specials and subsequently listening to the excellent Vince Guaraldi soundtrack which has been pretty much playing on repeat ever since, so infectious are the characters and stories created by...

Creating the Filmation Generation by Lou Scheimer

Creating the Filmation Generation tells the story of the famous animation studio that coloured the airwaves of the 1980s with its classic Saturday morning cartoons such as Batman, Star Trek, Archie, Flash Gordon and my personal childhood favourite He-Man and the Masters of the Universe! Told by its co-creator Lou Scheimer, the...

Albert Dorne Master Illustrator

Publisher Manuel Auad and art historian David Apatoff deliver the first major retrospective on the life and career of Albert Dorne, one of the most prominent figures of American illustration in, Albert Dorne Master Illustrator. Aside from his incredibly popular and accomplished work that graced magazines and billboards of the 1940s...

The Art of Halo 4

In Awakening: The Art of Halo 4, games journalist Paul Davies takes the reader through the creation of the latest instalment of one of the most popular video-game series of all-time, and one that established Microsoft's Xbox in 2001 as a major force in the video games industry. It's fair to say...

The Art of Wreck It Ralph

The Art of Wreck-It Ralph is the next in Chronicle Book's excellent behind the scenes series, this time taking a look at Disney's latest video game inspired feature. Maggie Malone and Jennifer Lee Monn introduce us to Wreck-It Ralph, a Donkey Kong like figure and baddy of the 8-bit era, on a journey...

Big John Buscema: Comics and Drawings

The first time I became aware of John Buscema was via the compilation magazine Hacoc that was released by Marvel in the early 90s. This magazine collected a some of their edgier stories such as Deathlok, Ghost Rider, RoboCop and most importantly, the Buscema illustrated Conan. This story was beautiful...

Imagination Illustrated – The Jim Henson Journal

For the demographic of those around the age of 30, the mention of Jim Henson provokes a warm glow with memories good times spent with The Muppets, The Muppet Babies, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and The Storyteller. I'm still a little astonished to find anyone who doesn't love (or dare...

The Art of Assassin’s Creed III

I can't claim to be much of a gamer nowadays. My PS3 has long been reduced to a simple blu-ray player and with every new instalment of Call of f Duty, Medal of Honour or Assassins's Creed, I become a little more disinterested. So it was with some surprise that...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film

Classic Disney fans should feel grateful toward film historian J. B. Kaufman who brings us not one, but two beautiful books on Disney's groundbreaking animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The first, The Fairest of them All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,...

Mastering Type

A grounding in the correct use of type is essential for any Graphic Designer. Effective use of typography are skills that will be called upon again and again in virtually all areas of designer's career and once you have a grasp on the basics, simple errors become glaringly obvious and...

Sign Painters

To coincide with Sign Painters - The Movie, due for release later this year, Princeton Architectural Press bring us Sign Painters (the book) by co-directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon. A brief history of the hand painted sign industry told through anecdotes by those working during its heyday and those...

Comic Sketchbooks

Steven Heller, author and editor of several books on art, design and popular culture including; Menu Design in America, Advertising from the Mad Men Era and Typography Sketchbooks, presents this new peek into the minds and working processes of contemporary comic book artists in; Comic Sketchbooks - The Unseen World of...

The Art of Bob Peak – Book Review

After what feels like a painfully long wait for a definitive career retrospective on one of America's best known illustrators, The Art of Bob Peak is finally here and this heavy-weight coffee table book packs it's near 400 pages full of everything us devoted fans could possibly ask for. Bob Peak...

Illustrators Magazine

Brand new from The Book Palace is the quarterly magazine Illustrators. A first of its kind for the UK in that it focuses purely on the work produced by commercial artists and illustrators of Europe. Following a very similar format to the already well established and popular USA based Illustration...

The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy

The dust has settled on the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan's final part of his Batman trilogy and I think it's safe to say that we all thought it was great; possibly one of the finest movie trilogies of all-time. So a definitive 'making of' book would...

Creative Stuff: An Activity Book for Visual Thinkers

Something a little different this week with Creative Stuff: An Activity Book for Visual Thinkers. A collection of engaging visual exercises geared toward those of us working in the art and graphic design industries. Chris Elkerton and Dave Gouveia - design veterans whose collective clients include Discovery Films, Levis and...

Dave Stevens: Covers and Stories

Regular readers of this blog will already know that i'm more than just your average fan of pin-up and comic book artist Dave Stevens. I've already featured the excellent biography Brush With Passion and The Complete Sketchbook & Studies on this very website, and he's also been part of my...

Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis

"The best book on the subject I have ever seen." - Norman Rockwell Whenever I get hold of a new Andrew Loomis book I always stop what i'm doing and don't return to the drawing board before i've given it a good read through. This is essentially for fear of...

DC Comics: The 75th Anniversary Poster Book

Christopher Nolan's final part of his Dark Knight trilogy hits cinemas across the UK today and will no doubt own the big screens this weekend, so I thought it an appropriate time to take a look at a book that traces the origins of characters such as Batman and Superman...

Idle Hands: The Art of Coop

Chris Cooper (aka Coop)  is someone i've been a huge fan of for years and almost certainly the artist responsible for my interest in the American Gig Poster scene. So it was with some excitement that I received my signed copy of his latest book Idle Hands - The Art of...

Graphic Surf – Decals, Patches and Stickers

As a nice companion piece to Surf Graphics (as reviewed on WingsArt a couple of weeks ago), I can recommend Graphic Surf: Decals, Patches and Stickers by Ben Marcus. A collection of over 1250 examples of logos and branding that have graced surf boards going right back to the 1920s...

Bad Girls Need Love Too

If you happen to follow my Facebook page you will already know that i'm slightly obsessed with vintage pulp paperback covers. An obsession that's shared by Gary Lovisi, author of Bad Girls Need Love Too. A collection of 100 examples of the brilliantly illustrated covers that graced lowbrow paperbacks of...

Surf Graphics

Legendary surf and skate illustrator Jim Phillips (the man behind the famous Santa Cruz Screaming Hand) introduces Korero's latest collection of eye-popping alternative artwork in Surf Graphics. A new 250 page hardback book following a trend established with their previous titles, Kustom Graphics, Burlesque Poster Design and Skullface, in which...

The Art of Brave

To accompany the release of Disney Pixar's 13th animated feature, Chronicle Books have released the next in their excellent series of behind the scenes titles, The Art of Brave. Written by Jenny Lerew (story artist on How To Train Your Dragon), readers are offered an in-depth look at a darker...

Jazz Covers

"In the early 80's a lot of my customers traded their entire record collections for compact discs; now they've gone back and traded their CD's for records" - Fred Cohen Always judge an album by its cover - subconsciously i've believed in this idea ever since I first started buying music,...

The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross

Alex Ross counts among the greatest and most prolific comic book artists working today and has consistently held my affections thanks to his Gouache and Watercolour style that harks back to the Golden Age of American Illustration. Clear influences coming from artists such as Norman Rockwell and Andrew Loomis, who...

Presidential Campaign Posters

In the same poster-book format as Gig Posters Vol 1 and 2, Quirk Books delivers this July, 100 Presidential Campaign Posters, a large paperback with ready-to-frame, pull-out pages offering a history of American politics shown through the visual propaganda, showboating and one-upmanship that either won or lost its candidates a...

Mail-Order Mysteries

I'm just about young enough to have missed the dubious mail-order opportunities presented in the back pages of comic books of old. Age, geography and plain old common sense has protected me from the ultimate disappointment resulting from the ads bold claims. "Have amazing X-ray vision instantly! Learn the world's...

The Art of Daniel Clowes

Released this month by Abrams ComicArts in conjunction with The Oakland Museum exhibition of the same name is The Art of Daniel Clowes; Modern Cartoonist. A career retrospective on the artist, writer and creator of some of the worlds best-loved comic books including The Death Ray and Ghost World. The...

Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design

Few other designers permeate the creative world quite like Saul Bass (1920-1996). Ask any Designer/Illustrator to name their influences (especially those among the new wave of minimalist movie posters) and you'll almost certainly hear his name. So it comes as a surprise that this is the first biography and career...

Advertising from the Mad Men Era

"Advertising has gone from something that reflects popular culture to becoming a part of popular culture, from something that's influenced by popular entertainment to being popular entertainment." - Jimmy Siegel. If, like the rest of the television viewing public you've been seduced by the sexy and sophisticated world presented in...

Looping The Loop: Posters Of Flight

This book, which I would otherwise have missed were it not for that great cover catching my eye from a shop window in Bath, (hurray for the High Street!) is a gem for those with a love for vintage poster design. Originally published in 2000 to coincide with Smithsonian Institution...

Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis

Born in New York in 1892, Andrew Loomis was a prolific illustrator working at his peak during the period of 1920 to the late 1940's. His popular work consisted of elegant illustrations - typically of fashionable young women in serene settings - for commercial advertising, books and mass-market magazines. He...

Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition

I've been trying to get my hands on one of IDW's coveted Artist's Editions ever since the series started with The Rocketeer by Dave Stevens (one of my all-time favourite comic book artists) and I'm still looking for a copy. But given the highly limited print run of only 300...

Charles R. Knight

"Long before Willis O'Brien, myself, and Steven Spielberg, Charles R. Knight put flesh on creatures that no human had ever seen." - Ray Harryhausen - Film Director; One Million Years B.C. Released this March from Abrams is the biography of esteemed wildlife artist Charles R. Knight (1874-1953). Written by award-winning...

Garbage Pail Kids

1965 saw the release of Ugly Stickers. A series of grotesque creature creations from Topps, illustrated by the great American Artists Basil Wolverton, Wally Wood and Norman Saunders. Each popular for their work in venues such as Mad Magazine, Marvel Comics, Pulp Paperbacks and the Mars Attacks! series of trading...

Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was

From editors Dean Mullaney and Kurtis Findlay comes a retrospective on the largely unknown character of Crawford. An accident prone young boy, developed by Chuck Jones over a 27 year period to accompany his roster of popular characters such as Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew and Marvin The Martian into the...

Setting the Scene by Fraser Maclean

I've literally just turned the very last page of Setting The Scene by Fraser MacLean and although my brain may be suffering information overload, I also feel satisfied that i've just read one the definitive books on the subject of animation. A book that concentrates specifically on the discipline of layout design...

Alex Steinweiss: The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover

It's 1940 and a 23-year-old Alex Steinweiss, newly placed art director for Columbia Records proposes an idea to his employers; "Why not develop packaging for your record collections that feature bold, colourful illustrations that will entice the customers instead of the basic brown paper bags we're using?" Steinweiss himself was an enthusiastic music...

Chuck Amuck: The Life And Times Of An Animated Cartoonist

With the imminent release of IDW's Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was (review coming soon) I thought it was an appropriate time to look at an earlier book titled Chuck Amuck: The Life And Times of Animated Cartoonist. Originally released in 1989 and reprinted several times since, this entertaining memoir predominately...

The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland

A double book review this week with Menu Design in America and The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland.

Hardware: The SF works of Chris Foss

I don't recall being a serious science fiction reader when I was a kid. I certainly wouldn't have attempted to tackle the complexities of an Isaac Asimov or Arthur C.Clarke novel back in those days as I'd have much better things to do like play Nintendo or try to teach...

Daniel Zimmer’s Illustration Magazine

Daniel Zimmer's Illustration Magazine Secondly this week I want to hopefully introduce of a few of you to Daniel Zimmer's superb Illustration Magazine. Produced by The Illustrated Press, the folks who brought us the excellent reference books 41 Illustrators, Norman Saunders and H.J. Ward, this quarterly publication documents the finest...

Steve Rude: Artist in Motion

Steve Rude, Artist in Motion - By John Fleskes I have to confess that I was unfamiliar with Steve Rude (aka The Dude) before I picked up this book, and it left me wondering why I hadn't discovered his work sooner. In terms of the artistic influences we share you...

Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller – Book Review

It's hard to imagine any other area of work for the Graphic Designer that's subject to as much scrutiny as their skill with type. It's basic fundamentals are understood the world over, and effective type can suggest a brand ethos, an advertising message or hint at a movie's plot before...

Gig Posters Volume 2

Gigposters.com, created by Clay Hayes in 2001, is a living document on the modern rock poster movement and the 'go to' resource for music poster art featuring over 130,000 examples by 10,000 artists and designers from around the world. The first volume of Gig Posters (released in 2009) from Quirk Books was...

Photoshop Creative Interview

Photoshop Creative Interview  - JULY 2010 How did you get started? I was lucky enough to find a job as an assistant designer for a local children’s book publisher near where I've lived in Cheddar straight after my A-levels, which in turn led to another job for a large publisher based in...

Ink Textures and Stock Illustrations

Where else could you find such an amazing collection of real ink textures, brush strokes, design elements, washes and high-quality illustrations!? A collection already boasting over 110 individual elements that will continue to grow with future updates, you'll find inside this pack design tools that you'll return to again and...

Due Credit – The Film Designer’s Font

Due Credit - A versatile display font for designers of film posters, trailers and title sequences. Due Credit is a new display font specifically designed for the film and television industry. A versatile typeface that’s suitable for bold headline titles and small credit blocks with an additional horror inspired extra...

1980s Fashion Patterns: Volume Two

The 80s are back! Bigger, better and louder than ever before! Offering 20 brand new seamless patterns for Photoshop and Illustrator, you can once again return to the 80s in head-turning style. This new collection also boasts 20 additional bonus patterns that are great to use on their own, combined...

1980s Fashion Patterns: Volume One

Take your design work to an 80s extreme with this collection of retro themed seamless patterns. With colours so wild they should come with a heath warning, these designs perfectly capture the 1980s aesthetic for a brand new synth-wave generation! Taking inspiration from the classic movies, music, advertising and beach...

Paper Textures and Repeatable Patterns

High-resolution paper and card textures, carefully converted into digital patterns for a quick and easy way to add realistic effects to your design work. Perfect for use on craft items, packaging, cards, invitations or decorating text, these patterns offer you the fastest way to add realistic paper and card effects...

Glitter Sparkles Textures and Patterns

A quick and easy way to add glitter to any size background. Offering a simple and quick way to add some sparkle to your creative work, this cheap and chic pack offers a selection glitter and sequin patterns, textures and colour blurs. Great for use on packaging, cards, invitations or...

Customisable Travel Label Designs

Fully editable travel labels inspired by vintage hotels and luggage stamps. A set of six customisable vector logos designed in the style of vintage travel labels from the world’s most sophisticated hotels. Compatible with both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, you can edit with your own text with one simple click....

Sci-Fi Design Templates

An adventure packed collection of design templates and illustrated vector elements in the tradition of classic science-fiction movies and TV Shows. Engage in your own epic space adventure with this vector graphics set inspired by our favourite science-fiction movies. Use the ready-made design templates for an effortless poster and flyer...

Political Protest Graphics and Templates

Peace and Protest: Graphics of Hope, Activism and Political Expression In an age when journalism moves at an incredible rate, where political policy is made, changed and inflamed in a twitter post, we as visual artists have to keep pace or provide the tools for others to do so. Whether...

Running and Fitness Achievement Graphics

Customisable vector illustrations and design templates for running and fitness enthusiasts. Whether you're designing a poster for the local fun run, a new lesson at your gym, or just want to shout about beating your best 5k time, this is the pack for you! Full to the brim with fully...

1980s Poster Design Templates

Retro design templates - fully editable and great for posters, flyers, invites, promos and social network posts. Packed with illustrations, patterns and ready-made designs, this new graphics pack will have you up and running in minutes with your own epic creations. Everything is supplied in fully editable vector format allowing...

The Complete Mid-Century Patterns Bundle

All of the Mid-Century Pattern Packs in One Bundle! The design of the 1950s and 60s represent one of the most creative periods in history. A combination of post war optimism and technological advances brought with it innovations across interior design, architecture, fashion and textiles that defined a generation. Expressed...

Art Nouveau Design Templates

A celebration of nature and graphic design through floral details and grand decorative statements that add to Art Nouveau's timeless appeal. Featuring eight beautiful designs (plus bonus extras) these fully customisable templates take their inspiration from the classical architecture and shop fronts of Paris, the decorative artwork of Alphonse Mucha,...

Urban Sportswear Patterns

Seamless Patterns and Textures Inspired by Modern Sports and Leisurewear Trends You've seen them in the gym and walking down the high street. Those brightly coloured fitness boys and girls proudly displaying their new eye-catching sportswear and toned physiques. Now you can easily incorporate this look into your own creative...

Vintage Movie Title Templates

Be a vintage Hollywood movie star with these editable design templates inspired by cinema's golden age! If, like me you enjoy nothing more of a cold, rainy afternoon than to settle down with an old black and white movie, then you’re going to love these! Inspired by those great vintage...

Leather Textures and Patterns

A range of authentic leather textures and seamless patterns, ready to be worked into your digital 3D, print and crafting projects. Perfect for use on 3D modelling, packaging, cards, invitations or decorating text, these patterns offer an easy way to add realistic leather textures to your creative projects. Use the...

Crayon Textures and Patterns

Authentic Wax Crayon Patterns, Textures, Brush Strokes and Shapes for Adobe Illustrator! Offering a quick and simple way to add authentic wax crayon effects to your vector work, this pack offers a variety of tools for creating stylised illustrations and designs with all of the convenience of Adobe Illustrator. Included...

Hawaiian and Tiki Graphics Bundle

The Essential Summer Bundle collects all 4 of my Hawaiian and Tiki graphics packs in to 1 amazing product. Featuring seamless Hawaiian prints for Photoshop and Illustrator, tiki style logo templates, cocktail illustrations and more, this is everything you need to create those awesome holiday themed designs. Hawaiian Prints A...

1950s Retro Graphics Bundle

A 1950s inspired graphics bundle including logo designs, seamless patterns and poster templates. This set includes all three 1950s inspired graphics collections offering a super saving compared to their individual purchase price! Inside you'll find the best-selling 1950s background and frames, retro seamless patterns and cool storefront logos. With this...

Cotton Textures and Patterns

Authentic cotton fabrics perfect for a variety of creative projects. Supplied and seamless patterns, wallpapers and high-resolution textures! Perfect for use on craft items, packaging, cards, invitations or decorating text, these patterns offer you the fastest way to add realistic cotton textures to your creative projects. Use the seamless patterns...

Egyptian Illustrations and Templates

Backgrounds, Illustrations and Frames Inspired by Ancient Egypt. Inspired by Tutankhamun, Nefertiti and the treasures of ancient Egypt, this collection of backgrounds and frames offers designers an array of original illustrations, icons and design templates to use in your own Egyptian themed projects. A ready-made library of assets to use in projects...

Fairy Tale Illustration Bundle

Inspired by vintage children's books and animation, this set includes illustrations, design templates and seamless patterns. A huge collection of professional quality illustrations ranging from the festive Christmas tree, toy soldier and ballet dancer, to victorian style gothic portraits, floral elements, banners and flourishes. There's everything you need to quickly...

Musical Illustrations and Templates

Musical Design Templates and Illustrations inspired by Classic Hollywood and Cool Jazz If you love Hollywood musicals, cool vintage jazz and a touch of technicolor you may have just discovered your new favourite design pack! Designed to invoke the feeling of those great old vinyl album covers, these graphics have...

Mid-Century Novelty Prints: Volume 01

A collection of authentic Mid-Century inspired seamless patterns for retro designers and enthusiasts everywhere! The design of the 1950s and 60s represent one of the most creative periods in history. A combination of a post war optimism and technological advances brought with it innovations across interior design, architecture, fashion and...

The Complete 1980s Graphics Bundle

An Epic collection of all the 1980s inspired graphics packs including logos, patterns, illustrations and more! Available for they first time in one extensive bundle, this pack is your one-stop-shop for all things eighties! So good they were even used in season three of Stranger Things! Contents: 68 Seamless Patterns...

The Art Deco Graphics Bundle

A complete art deco graphics bundle including logos, patterns and design templates. Used by renowned TV studios to teachers and wedding planners, these customisable vector assets have been favourites among designers of all skill levels for their ease of use and authentic classical style. This bundle collects everything from both...