New and Recommended Books for Illustrators

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In this feature, we’ve rounded up six long-awaited new books on everything art about illustration you need to make room on your shelves.

And remember, if you are interested in purchasing them, please click the accompanying links to Librairie.org, whose mission is to financially support local independent bookstores, as well as Counter-impression – the independent publisher and bookseller we all love.

Were you one of the catastrophists who predicted that the digital age would herald the end of illustration as we know it? Guess again, because Steven Heller and Julius Wiedemann have followed the development of the industry over the past decade.

In this insightful book, the two illustration experts combed the industry to introduce you to 100 artists you need to know. Covering every corner of the industry, from indie-rock album artists to seasoned illustrators, this collection is the tip of the iceberg of important names, but one that gives you a clear glimpse into the contemporary illustration landscape.

Spread over 600 pages, featuring beautifully reproduced works, artist biographies, and an index of illustration agencies, this book is a must-read for those new to and already working in this field.

If you are still hungry for illustrator inspiration after reading the above, check out this book dedicated to the vibrant and playful work of Marylou Faure.

A specialist in character designs and graphic compositions, French illustrator Marylou Faure aims to make people smile with her cheeky and cheerful artistic style. And besides being entertaining to watch, she also uses her illustrations as a force for good by collaborating with brands focused on social or ethical causes.

Printed entirely in Pantone colors, this unmistakably vibrant monograph perfectly captures the playful power of Marylou’s illustrations.



Marylou Faure by Counterprint. Image courtesy of Counterprint

Hayao Miyazaki probably doesn’t need more introduction from us, but if you’re somehow new to the genius behind Ghibli, you’re in for a treat.

The Japanese animator and director has earned a worldwide reputation for his superb portfolio of 11 films, including My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. And that book, which accompanies a retrospective of the man at the 2021 inaugural exhibit at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, contains a plethora of conceptual sketches, character designs, and never-before-seen work that will satisfy even the most dying. hard of fans.

Working in conjunction with Studio Ghibli in Tokyo, author Jessica Niebel has created a truly unmistakable take on Hayao Miyazaki, and one that offers a unique insight into her “creative process and masterful animation techniques”.

Hayao Miyazaki by Jessica Niebel.  Image courtesy of Counterprint



Hayao Miyazaki by Jessica Niebel. Image courtesy of Counterprint

The colors used in our interior decorations serve many subtle purposes. Some are designed to feel warm and cozy, while others are deliberately chosen to feel cool and refreshing. But did you know that these paint colors have a long and complex history?

In The Anatomy of Color, historian and painting expert Patrick Baty traces the 300-year history of interior design to find out how color systems and standards have evolved over the years. Starting with the traditional earth pigments used in 1650 and venturing to modern palettes used in the 1960s, this book is an authoritative look at the secret history of the colors that surround us all.

Filled with specially commissioned pages of rare color books, as well as reproductions of interiors from yesteryear, The Anatomy of Color reveals why our walls look the way they do.

Patrick Baty's color anatomy.  Image courtesy of Counterprint



Patrick Baty’s color anatomy. Image courtesy of Counterprint

After a few more books on non-fiction illustration? This look at the work of Czech artist Miroslav Šašek is sure to fascinate you.

Famous for his This Is … series, Å aÅ¡ek is one of the biggest names in the canon of 20th century picture book illustrators. This is due to its distinctive style, which illustrates everyday life as from a child’s point of view. Å aÅ¡ek’s charming, stylized and unique work is presented like never before in this collection.

In addition to travel accounts from Å aÅ¡ek’s This Is … books, this retrospective also looks at his other work, including his lesser-known practices such as painting and puppet-making.

Miroslav Sasek by Martin Salisbury.  Image courtesy of Counterprint



Miroslav Sasek by Martin Salisbury. Image courtesy of Counterprint

If The Anatomy of Color has whetted your appetite for shade history, this look at Sanzo Wada’s color studies should quench your curiosity.

Artist, teacher, and costume and kimono designer, Sanzo Wada lived and worked in a turbulent era of avant-garde Japanese art and cinema. A visual pioneer through his color combinations that incorporated traditional approaches and Western influences, Wada helped lay the foundation for color research as we know it today.

This beautifully crafted book is based on Wada’s six-volume color studies work he produced in the 1930s and contains 348 of his color combinations. Presented in Japanese and English, it’s a comprehensive look at an important figure in the history of palette theory.

A dictionary of color combinations by Counterprint.  Image courtesy of Counterprint



A dictionary of color combinations by Counterprint. Image courtesy of Counterprint


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