Spellbinding listen: One of my favorite books that I listened to on audio this past year was The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins. Having something else going on in my mind helps me think more laterally, and it grabs the attention of my restricting inner critic.
Mind-blowing work: Dave McKean’s original cover for The Waste Land and Other Poems, by T. S. Eliot. The book was auctioned by Sotheby’s to raise funds for the House of Illustration, a public art gallery in London. McKean cut into the dust jacket and created a sculptural treatment of the type, and his usage of paint, imagery, and symbolism of the tree and mind was gorgeous. I’m a huge fan of poetry, so when it’s combined with the best of art and illustration, I find it mind-blowing.
Luminary: Russell Walker is a hugely successful illustrator. He took time off from commercial illustration to concentrate on his career lecturing about illustration and graphic design, but he recently made a comeback into freelance illustration. I love the quality of his lines and his idea-based approach to visual problem solving.