The new book Robert Fawcett: The Illustrator’s Illustrator is now available from Auad Publishing. This handsome hard cover book with jacket is 182-pages with a gatefold. The 9 x 12” size allows for generous space to show off the over 250 images contained within the book. Don’t be fooled by the modest description on the Auad website stating over 100 illustrations being in the book. There are more than twice that number.
The sophisticated design combines the text, captions and art into a breathtaking portfolio of this influential and important illustrator. The fact that the design is so well hidden, allowing the art to stand out and control the eye in smooth transitions, is a testament to the editorial direction of Manuel Auad and designer Mark Cox. I’ve long been an admirer of this team on Auad’s books and Mark’s design work for other publishers.
The book includes a well-written retrospective of Fawcett’s career by David Apatoff. The introduction is by Walt Reed who offers insight into Fawcett. (Reed had worked with Fawcett at the Famous Artists Correspondence Schools.) In addition, a rare interview with Fawcett and an essay titled “Art and Common Sense” written by Fawcett is included. Another bonus is the dozen high-quality photographs of Fawcett and his studio that Auad was able to acquire from the Society of Illustrators.
Chapters cover his work done for The Saturday Evening Post, Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Collier’s Magazine, This Week Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, advertising illustrations and much more.
Robert Fawcett: The Illustrator’s Illustrator can be purchased direct from the Auad Publishing website. The book runs only $34.95.
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Text © 2011 John Fleskes
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Robert Fawcett: The Illustrator’s Illustrator book review on Lines and Colors
David Apatoff’s Illustration Art Blog
Robert Fawcett: The Illustrator’s Illustrator book review on Today’s Inspiration