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By Steven Heller and Gail Anderson
128 pages, softcover, $17.99
Published by Laurence King Publishing
laurenceking.com

Translating words into images is a problem that illustrators face every day—one that involves a complex exercise in layering various elements such as technique, concept and ideas into (very often) a singular piece to convey an idea effectively to viewers. Whether it’s a stand-alone piece or a lively accompaniment to an article, this process of creating an image is at once thrilling yet fraught with endless possibilities—something that illustrators understand all too well.

In The Illustration Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters, Steven Heller and Gail Anderson tap into the minds of prominent illustrators, like John Cuneo, Anita Kunz and Yuko Shimizu, to find out how they’ve combined their strengths and creativity to solve client briefs across various industries. The book goes above and beyond the basics and fundamentals of illustration, instead diving into a lively discussion and dissemination of the finer details of what makes a good image. It taps into the inspiration, influences and imagination that went into a particular piece by each illustrator in an attempt to help readers understand how an idea is fleshed out, with helpful pointers on how they can weave the same elements and thought processes into their own work.

Whether it’s through embracing chaos as an antithesis to contemporary editorial illustrations or through breathing new life into old things through imaginative play, the 50 helpful tips in this book will show you how you can break out of your own mold—and perhaps even out of your creative rut. —Amy Ng

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