Computer Arts Collection - - Editorial - Ju­lia Sa­gar Edi­tor Com­puter Arts Collection ju­lia@com­put­erarts.co.uk @Ju­li­aSa­gar / @Com­put­erArts face­book.com/com­put­erarts

Wel­come to the Com­puter Arts Collection Il­lus­tra­tion An­nual – our show­case of the year’s most out­stand­ing il­lus­tra­tive work, and a vivid cel­e­bra­tion of emo­tive and tech­ni­cal craft. Over the next 130 pages you’ll find an in­cred­i­ble wealth of il­lus­tra­tion that’s burst­ing with con­cep­tual and aes­thetic im­pact.

You’ll also gain exclusive ac­cess into the minds of some of the global cre­ative in­dus­try’s leading lights. To help us un­earth the finest talent in the field, we teamed up with the likes of Jes­sica Walsh, Gary Tax­ali, Noma Bar, Justin Maller and more, and asked them to nom­i­nate five stand-out il­lus­tra­tion projects that caught their eye over the past 12 months. We’ve in­cluded their com­ments through­out the An­nual – and you can find out more about all 30 mem­bers of our ex­pert panel on page 126.

We also called on the con­sid­er­able tal­ents of graphic artist Nikki Far­quhar­son. She hand­crafted 10 elab­o­rate ty­po­graphic im­ages for the pub­li­ca­tion, which you’ll find at the start of each new sec­tion.

And a huge thank you, once again, to our friends at Bri­tish fin­ish­ing house Cel­lo­glas, who went all out with our cover – em­boss­ing it with a stun­ning ma­genta foil.

If one thing’s clear from the world-class work show­cased in­side these pages, it’s that il­lus­tra­tion is fight­ing back. Fac­tors that once her­alded the field’s de­cline – stock li­braries, the dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion, a grow­ing pref­er­ence for graphic de­sign – are now pro­vid­ing new av­enues for savvy il­lus­tra­tors. As our 2014 Il­lus­tra­tion An­nual demon­strates, op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist – if you know where to look for them. En­joy the An­nual.

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