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The Illustrator. 100 Best from around the World

Hardcover8.3 x 12.4 in.7.50 lb664 pages60Edition: English, French, German Availability: In Stock
For all those who thought digital heralded the end of an era: illustration is alive and kicking, and new tools have given the art renewed vigor and the illustrator greater stamina. Steven Heller and Julius Wiedemann present a snapshot of “the new golden age of illustration,” rounding up 100 of the most talented artists around the world. We dare you to pick your favorites.
The Illustrator. 100 Best from around the World

The Illustrator. 100 Best from around the World


Illustration’s Finest

A global compilation of 100 must-know artists

For the last ten years, Steven Heller and Julius Wiedemann have traced the latest developments in illustration across the globe—and for all those who thought digital heralded the end of an era, they’re here to set the record straight.

There were extraordinary eras before mass media changed our viewing habits, back in the day when illustration was the most primary means of illuminating the word on paper, to today when we get our words and images on screens as small as a watch face. And in this environment, today’s designers and artists are holding their own brilliantly. Illustration is more free and varied than ever, and it is ubiquitous in all kinds of media from paper to screen, books, packages, clothing, cars, and restaurants.

This book celebrates the sheer quality, diversity, intensity, comedy, vivacity, and exceptionality of the work being created by illustrators right now. From veteran artists like Brad Holland, whose oblique and metaphorical paintings for the New York Times’ op-ed section revolutionized illustrative content in the 1970s, to up-and-coming stars like Robin Eisenberg, her pastel-skinned alien belles cruising in spaceships on indie-rock album covers, the 100 artists in this collection are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, but they represent a compelling snapshot of the styles, techniques, and use of color by artists across the world. We dare you to pick your favorites.

  • an introduction and foreword by editors Julius Wiedemann and Steven Heller
  • 600 pages of brilliantly reproduced works
  • a biography for each artist detailing their background, philosophy, motivations, and contact details
  • an index of illustration agencies
The editors

Julius Wiedemann studied graphic design and marketing and was an art editor for newspapers and design magazines in Tokyo before joining TASCHEN in 2001. His titles include the Illustration Now! and Record Covers series, as well as the infographics collection and books about advertising and visual culture.

Steven Heller has produced over 200 books on visual communication and published countless articles in international design magazines. Currently he is cofounder and cochair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

The Illustrator. 100 Best from around the World
Hardcover21 x 31.5 cm3.40 kg664 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7336-8

Edition: English, French, German
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6 Ratings

Best of the best

JF,October 27, 2021
A great compilation with the best of the best.

Great discovery

Kervin,October 27, 2021
Great quality and a great reference for contemporary artists!

Great gift for Designers

Caroline,October 27, 2021
Bought this as a gift for my brother-in-law who is a Cartoon artist and designer. He absolutely loved it.

Really great book on illustration

Anna,October 27, 2021
Lovely book, with great bios on different artists and their best pieces. It's really cool, because it covers a wide range of styles. I use it as inspiration for my own illustrations!

Very nice

Valentino,October 27, 2021
This is a thoughtful book, even if its aspirations to cover a lot of ground geographically and stylistically varies in success. Nonetheless, a very aesthetically pleasing edition worth owning.