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Playing the Shape Game, By Anthony Browne with Joe Browne (Cape £25)

In this beautifully and generously illustrated, large-format combination of memoir, career retrospective and guide to illustration, the author, illustrator and current Children's Laureate, Anthony Browne, uses the "shape game" which he and his brother played as children – whereby one draws an abstract shape and the other transforms it into a recognisable object – as a metaphor for his entire career, and the creative process itself.

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Inspired by a school art teacher, New Yorker Alex Steinweiss was 22 years old when he "stumbled" into a job designing promotional displays for the Columbia Broadcasting System's new record company.

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An artist so lacking in message he makes apple pie and picket fences look loaded

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Fifty years after he took over at Leeds, his son and ex-players say it is time to put the record straight and restore a tainted reputation

Secret diary of a nomad searching for latest club

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Peter Reddick: Award-winning wood engraver who illustrated numerous books for the Folio Society and Penguin

Peter Reddick was an artist and illustrator who used the wood-engraving technique developed by Thomas Bewick and his successors from the end of the 18th-century onwards. He used the end grain of the wood (typically a very hard wood such as boxwood) to make his incision, whereas the traditional woodcut is made using the softer side-grain. The resulting image has the potential for great sharpness, depth, and intensity. Edward Hodnett in Five Centuries of English Book Illustration said of Reddick: "His success stems from the unusually conscientious effort he makes to clothe imaginary characters and places in the semblance of reality. He takes pains to particularise faces and make them interesting. Then he transforms the traditionalism of his approach by means of bravura wood engravings."

Fancy and imagination: Beardsley and the book illustrators

Flipping through a picture book is a magical pastime. But because some illustrations hold more power than others, it follows that some illustrators are greater magicians. One of the greatest is surely the late Aubrey Beardsley, whose black ink drawings conjure fantasy worlds and monsters.



The Selected Works of TS Spivet, by Reif Larsen

The Selected Works of TS Spivet is a joy; a colourful feast of a book. There have, perhaps, been better novels published this year (the narrative loses a little of its momentum towards the end), but few as bold or refreshing as Reif Larsen's debut.

Hokusai: An exceptional Japanese life in pictures

It's never too late to produce a masterpiece. The Japanese artist Hokusai (1760-1849), who is famous for his print The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, produced his most important works from the Mount Fuji series in his seventies.

The great paper caper

Origami has long been appreciated as an art form, but now folding fans are creating boats and even spacecraft, says Genevieve Roberts

René Gruau: Illustrating Dior

An exhibition of drawings by the fashion illustrator who realised Christian Dior’s designs in pen and ink opens at London’s Somerset House tomorrow.

The ad men go mad for merchandising

Can 'Mad Men' exploit its commercial potential and still retain its stylish integrity? Sarah Hughes looks at the latest spin-offs

A Fair Maiden, By Joyce Carol Oates

On a walk one afternoon, 16-year-old Katya Spivak, a nanny in the town of Bayhead Harbor, New Jersey, is approached by Henry Kidder, an elderly illustrator; he offers her money to pose for a series of portraits and she agrees, only vaguely aware of his more sinister intentions.

Les Gibbard, 1945-2010: Charming cartoonist with a razor-sharp nib

Les Gibbard, the cartoonist and illustrator who worked for The Independent on Sunday, died last week at the age of 64 after what should have been a routine knee-replacement operation. Peter Schrank, this paper's political cartoonist, for whom Gibbard would stand in on holiday duty, said: "His style was economical and understated. He wasn't savage, his cartoons were usually charming, which makes the point twice as effectively."

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