Book: Lifestyle Illustration of the 1960’s

Book: Lifestyle Illustration of the 1960’s

Lifestyle Illustration of the 1960’s by Rian Hughes is another book I bought recently that’s really too beautiful not to share. I’ve always adored vintage Illustration, particular fashion and lifestyle and it influenced me very much whilst I was studying Fashion and Textiles a few years back. It also influences me a lot in the way I dress today, so when I came across a review of this gorgeous book on one of the many blogs I read, I quickly put an order in on Amazon. And I was definitely not disappointed with my choice. Nearly 600 pages of lovely full-colour images taken from both American and British magazines and books from the 1960’s. The book itself is organised by year and whilst you can definitely see the evolution of the styles of illustration with each year, you can also see the definitive thread connecting them together throughout the decade.

In the past, I had always taken retro artwork with a pinch of salt, believing the artistic style to be where it belongs, in the past and not perusing it for my own collective of techniques and working proccesses. I think this stems from my unease and the difficulties I take in “borrowing” influence from other artists as we’re so esteemed to do. But looking more closely at this book, I have been inspired to take a look at how a lot of these artists work, as of course this is prior to the digital age and would like to ditch the digital process for a while myself, atleast for the most part.

And my favourite (thus far):