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.