English philosopher and scientist Roger Bacon used to claim that there are three substances that have magical qualities: herbs, minerals, and words. Books, with pages made of wood fibers, chemical ink and words combine all three magical substances together, and these properties are magnified in libraries. The image of the library makes you feel calm, and there is also something mystical about it.
Do you smile while somebody takes a photo of you? A little more than a century ago, our ancestors smiled rarely for the camera. And absence of good dentistry was not the reason. In 1870, the grueling time required for a good exposure could reduce any trace of a smile. Besides, an opportunity to have your portrait taken might occur only once in your life, so it was prudent to take it seriously. Emotions played a small role in early portraiture, even though laughter was considered to be one of the qualities of an educated person.
“Illustration Now!” is a series of books about illustration art, edited by Julius Weidemann, an author of many Taschen digital and media titles.
Illustration Now! Portraits
The book is a spectrum of nowadays portrait masterpieces, from caricatures to realism. During last ten years illustration has been on easy street as for computer working artists, as for artists who work by hand. The most interesting and also difficult thing about illustrations is a portrait. It is usually used in editorials, advertising, and recently has become a subject of big exhibitions. “Illustration Now! Portraits” by German publishing house Taschen consists of exclusive and even not published portraits of artists from all over the world, also such famous names as Aaron Jasinski , André Carrilho, Hanoch Piven, Anita Kunz, Jody Hewgill, and Dugald Stermer. Steven Heller has written an introduction to the “Illustration Now! Portraits”.