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Drawing for Illustration

Martin Salisbury


An instructive book that examines the practice of drawing for illustration through case studies and sketchbooks, written by one of the world’s foremost experts and teachers on the subject

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Drawing is the fundamental language of the illustrator. In its many forms and guises, it underpins the practice of illustration, whether or not the finished work appears ‘drawn’. In Drawing for Illustration, teacher, illustrator and writer Martin Salisbury elucidates key aspects of this vital discipline, moving from the basics of line, tone and composition to book illustration and graphic novels, advertising art and reportage.

Featuring more than twenty renowned illustrators on their creative processes, alongside a range of contemporary and historical sketchbooks and projects, this volume is an inspiring, authoritative companion for anyone seeking to develop a personal visual language.

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'The basic principles of line, tone, composi­tion, structure, perspective, and color are explored with ample examples, from sketches to their final printed illustrations'
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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 27.5 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 245

Publication date: 18 August 2022

ISBN: 9780500023310

Contents List


1. Drawing and Illustration
Drawing: what is it?
Illustration: what is it?
Drawing and Me: Isabelle Arsenault
Knowing through drawing: the education of the illustrator
Born’ or ‘True’?: Edward Ardizzone and Lynton Lamb

2. The Basics
Observation: learning to see
Tools and materials
Using line to suggest tone
Mark-making and printmaking, Christopher Brown
Composition and structure
Drawing and colour, Vyara Boyadijieva
People and environments
Drawing animals
Drawing and photography
Tools and materials

3. From observation to Imagination: Making the links
Drawing from memory, Yann Kebbi
Simon Bartram: Monday Man
Bill Bragg: Making the links
Sketchbooks/ visual journals
John Vernon Lord: The journals
Sally Dunne: Sketchbooks and me
Alexis Deacon: Drawing, thinking and the psychology of ‘finished’

4. Drawing and applied illustration
Editorial/ magazine illustration
- David Humphries: Newton’s Cradle or ‘The biggest hum’
Book Illustration
- Evelyn Dunbar
- Pablo Auladell: La Feria Anbandonada
Character development
- Fifi Kuo
- Ellie Snowdon
- Axel Scheffler: The evolution of a personal visual language
Atmosphere and fantasy
- Victoria Turnbull
- Sheila Robinson
Authorial graphic storytelling
- Isabel Greenberg
- Jon McNaught
Advertising and display
- Kerry Lemon
- Frank Newbould
- Paul Slater
Reportage and graphic commentary
- David Hughes: Covid Diary
- Robert Weaver
- John Minton: Reportage for advertising
Illustration and photography

5. Postscript: A word about Style

About the Author

Martin Salisbury is Professor of Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where he leads the renowned MA Children’s Book Illustration programme. He has previously chaired the international jury at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and been a member of the jury at the Global Illustration Awards in China. His books include Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling (2012), The Illustrated Dust Jacket: 1920–1970 (2017, Thames & Hudson) and Miroslav Sasek in the Illustrators series (2021, Thames & Hudson).