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Derek Brazell launches latest book ‘Understanding Illustration’


Derek Brazell at his book launch eventBA Graphic Design and Illustration alumnus Derek Brazell unveiled his latest book 'Understanding Illustration' in March, at a packed launch event in the famous Foyles bookstore, London.

Hosted in the store's top floor gallery, the event brought colleagues and industry figures together to hear how Derek and co-author Jo Davies went about creating the comprehensive book.

Illustrators Sara Fanelli and George Butler, both of whose work features in Understanding Illustration, were also on hand to take part in a panel discussion and provide insights into their work.

Speaking after the event, Derek said: "With Understanding Illustration we wanted to be able to reveal the aspects which shape a piece of illustration – and it was great to be able to do that with the generous help of the 37 international illustrators we interviewed.

"Jo and I are really pleased with the success of the launch event. Our guest speakers, Sara and George, were an immensely positive addition to the evening. We weren't sure so many people would turn up, and it's always flattering to be asked to sign copies of one of your books."

Having graduated from Middlesex in 1984, Derek has built up a fantastic reputation after 30 years as an illustrator. Clients have included Penguin Books, Harper Collins, Next and Scholastic Books. He also works for the Association of Illustrators and is publisher of their magazine, Varoom.

His latest book, published by Bloomsbury, is the third co-authored with fellow illustrator and academic Jo Davies, following 'Becoming a Successful Illustrator' (2013) and 'Making Great Illustration' (2011).

Their latest contribution to the discipline reveals 36 wide-ranging projects from 37 illustrators at the top of their game, looking at how the work came together and featuring glorious images as well as informative text, including information on the artist and explanations of the ideas behind their work.

Across four sections – Traditional Uses of illustration, Documentary, Message and Off The Printed Page – the book covers projects as diverse as a painted Norwegian lighthouse, interactive websites, reportage from Afghanistan and Australian beer bottles.

For more information or to buy a copy of Understanding Illustration, visit the Bloomsbury website.

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