This is an astonishing book, well - illustrated with photographs, paintings, diagrams and sketches, that shows the way to draw and paint aircraft, ships, vehicles and environment as well.
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Starting with the basic equipment, materials and use of colour, the author guides the technical artist to proucing authentic illustrations often using step - by - step full colour sequences. The emphasis throughout is on accurate technical detail, for instance portraying a plane flying at any angle, with every colour, shade and glint of light exactly right. But half the fun is the research. The author gives the reader a wealth of information on finding reference materials, using museums and archives and all the other facilities available, including the use of his own and others' photographs. In Illustration In Action the author distilled all his experience.
Enthusiasts, collectors, modellers of every kind of transport, by land, sea or air will find a whole new exciting area opened up for them in this fascinating book.
John Henry Batchelor M.B.E. ( 1936 - January 2nd, 2019 ) was born and brought up in Essex ( England, Great Britain ), leaving home aged 16 to travel the world for two years before joining the R.A.F. aged 18. After leaving the R.A.F. he worked in the technical illustration departments of Bristol Aeroplane Company, Saunders - Roe ( where he worked on the first hovercraft) and Martin - Baker, developing a hobby of drawing and painting antique pistols and becoming adept at portraying metal and wood finishes.
As a freelance illustrator he worked first on boys' papers including The Eagle, then in 1966 he became involved with Purnell's partwork History of the Second World War, for which he produced a total of 1163 illustrations. This partnership extended to the same publisher's subsequent History of the First World War and Encyclopedia of modern Weapons and Warfare. He has also been commissioned by commercial organisations, notably Trans World Airlines, to produce reference illustrations for historical and technical publications.
John H. Batchelor has designed during his career 864 stamps for 49 countries in 25 years which probably makes him the world's premier stamp illustrator. The 49 countries don't include Great Britain, whose Post Office never answered the letters he sent over the years. Batchelor’s stamp designs feature in his 2016 book John Batchelor’s World of Stamps : A Unique Collection. John H. Batchelor was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire ( M.B.E. ) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to illustration. He has received awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Illustrators.
Geraldine Christy is a freelance editor with a special interest in ’ how to ’ art books. She has a B.A. General ( London ) degree in English, French and History of Art, and brings to the book her knowledge of art techniques. Here are some of her published works : Ceramics ( with Sarah Pearch, 1992 ), Patchwork & Quilting ( with Sue Wilkinson, 1995 ) and Step by Step - Pastels ( 2002 ).
( sources : Wikipedia, ILLUSTRATION IN ACTION, goodreads )