For the first time, one of America’s foremost illustrators reveals his own method of graphic invention. In this innovative book, James McMullan actually takes the reader “on assignment” in 29 different projects ranging from full-color illustrations for Esquire and Sports Illustrated to the Anna Christie poster he designed for the Broadway play starring Liv Ullmann. In each assignment he shows not only the finished art but also his reference material and the numerous sketches and photographs from which he develops his final image. His engaging, informative text describes the circumstances and special problems of each assignment—and takes a candid look at both the human and esthetic aspects of being an illustrator.
It is James McMullan’s unique approach to the design process, in which he allows the reader to see the emerging idea along with all the false starts and sudden inspirations, that makes this book so special—and perhaps the richest and most serious exploration of illustration yet undertaken.
Students and professionals will find Revealing Illustrations a provocative discourse on how independent vision can operate within the constraints of commercial art, and the general reader will gain an understanding of the complexity of illustration. Above all, it is a beautiful book—one that everyone who appreciates graphic art will want to own.