The 80s Retro 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.

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...

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...

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...

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...