What a great book. So many absolutely amazing artists and their stunning illustrations. You can literally easily get sucked in and for hours just dig between the pages, finding more and more beautiful pieces. I have few favourites, but about this in a moment.
The intro to the VITAMIN D got me little confused. The author is constantly using word ‘drawing’, but actually talking about ‘illustration’. According to the Shorter Oxford Dictionary ‘drawing’ is something formed by line drawn from point to point of a surface; representation by lines. However, when going through the book we will see not only drawings, but also paintings and graphic work (such as e.g. screen print), which would make us think that Emma Dexter wants to present illustration in general more than only drawing. She speaks of it as something that served as the most efficient and effective means for immediately sketching new ideas or visions. It is by nature vibrant and experimental. And as the artist featured in VITAMIN D illustrate, never before has drawing as an art form been more dynamic.
Here’s list of my favourite artists from the book with an example of their work:
- Daniel Zeller
- Zak Smith
- Frances Richardson
- Wangechi Mutu
- Sandra Cinto