A new book, (new to me), "Cartoon Modern" by Amid Amidi was at the bookstore today and I snapped it up immediately. This is one of those books you always wanted to exist and now it does. It covers style and design in 50's animation but I thought the color and design are significant for illustrators as well.
Amidi shows the connection between Ben Shahn, Ronald Searle, Stuart Davis and others to the designers of the cartoons of that period. Lots of art by known geniuses like Maurice Nobel and unknown geniuses (again, to me) like Jules Engel. For anyone who liked the Mary Blair book, this is a must have. And Amidi, smart guy that he must be, chose images throughout the book that haven't been printed over and over in other books (ex. he somehow found a separate model sheet of Jules Feiffer's Easy Winners from the one seen so many times before.)
This book knocks me out.
Okay, now everyone can pile on and tell me how this came out years ago and it's on everyone's shelf. Wray, you gonna kick it off?