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The first part of the book is an introduction to useful concepts and techniques to use in different kinds of assignments.

Tell your story with drawings A new book by design consultant and illustrator Maj Ribergård is a great tool for illustrators Text by Thorgerd Broni Turning pages, looking at images. Looking at images, turning the pages. Jumping from headlines and black-and-white line drawings to colour explosions, gestalt laws and perception principles and then – looking at more images and turning more pages. I’m an illustrator – and I have been given the difficult task to WRITE about a book about visual storytelling … THE BOOK

First, there’s a personal overview of methods for idea generation, methods for sketching

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and exercises. Specific guides for choosing the best methods for specific jobs. Then, an introduction to concepts used for categorizing the illustration technique that will be relevant to work with in different cases. There’s also a simple and clear description of how to communicate using contrast, colour and composition, negative space and the gestalt principles. Concepts which I am instinctively and subconsciously, rather than intellectually, aware of in my daily work as an illustrator. Moving on to text and drawing. Maj Ribergård stresses the importance of creating a

connection between illustration and text – that the text is rooted in the illustration, and vice versa. The book shows explanatory examples of what works and what doesn’t – in the case when writer and illustrator is one and the same person, as well as in the case where the job is to illustrate someone else’s text. THE ARTISTS

After these first chapters follows the presentation of five artists and illustrators. Through the presentation of their work and thoughts the reader gets a fine introduction to the variety in the work

Julia Rothman (2011): Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists The sketchbooks of creatives. “A voyeuristic visual journey into how artists doodle, brainstorm and flesh ideas out,” Maria Popova wrote on

processes, techniques and expressions of the different artists – from strict, contrasty black-and-white line drawings to a more loose and sketchy expression. We also get a look into the dialogue and cooperation (or the lack of it) with other professions like writers and journalists. Finally, Maj Ribergård gives a short summary of relevant copyright issues – in other words: what is an illustrator allowed to do – and not to do. This is very useful. The book is divided into five main chapters which are clear and consequent and the many illustrative examples of

Berg & Teleman (2013): Svensk illustration – en visuell historia 1900–2000 “An excellent book about the history of Swedish illustration […] with the potential of a classic”, we wrote in SNDS Magazine no. 3, 2014.