These superb ornaments in the form of columns, plinths, borders, friezes and cornices are from period books meant to be used by artists and craftsmen as well as architects. Dragons and gargoyles abound -- the very stuff of Victorian Gothic.
The book features retro style pen and ink illustrations by Joan Escandell (illustrator of Captain Thunder, He-Man, and Disney's Cinderella and The Lion King), who molded the image many youngsters in Europe have of literary figures like Robin Hood. The book gives free access to a library of downloadable high-resolution animal images.
Centuries of flower arrangement wisdom are boiled down into exquisite calligraphic representations in this excellent art book. Each image presents a perfect arrangement, delicately balanced within an imaginary frame, yet asymmetrically poised for drama. These line drawings are perfect for adaptation to art projects in want of Asian flair. From the flowers and foliage to the individual pots and containers represented, each is a wonderful study. As a whole, they are a great body of work ready for adaptation to textile, print, porcelain, or any other imaginative medium. Traditional Chinese characters accompany each, explaining the arrangement, or simply presenting snippets of poetry. These too can be extracted for use in art projects and borders.
An excellent resource for artists, designers, architects, craftspeople, or anyone interested in the decorative arts. First published in 1856, The Grammar of Ornament remains a design classic. Its inspiration came from the pioneering architect and designer Owen Jones. His observations of decorative art on his extensive travels in Europe and the Near East were employed to improve the poor quality of Western design. His goal was to change the Victorian habit of mixing elements from a wide variety of sources and applying this mix indiscriminately to buildings, graphic design, and products. His resulting study is a comprehensive analysis of a remarkable collection of styles of ornamental design -- from Ancient Egypt and Greece to Imperial China and Renaissance Italy. With its sumptuous illustrations, its detailed survey of individual cultures, and its manifesto of "General Principles," it offered guidance to the designers of the future. In this new edition the designs are further illuminated by Iain Zaczek's perceptive commentaries. Hugely influential since its first publication, The Grammar of Ornament inspired great figures such as William Morris and Frank Lloyd Wright. Contemporary designers, entertained by the archaic charm of Jones's descriptions, are struck by the book's enduring relevance and its soundness regarding the essential principles of good design.
A century later, these striking drawings, engravings, and etchings continue to pulse with vitality, offering modern designers a timeless source of royalty-free art. In addition to the book's lavish selection of illustrations, a bonus CD-ROM features all of the print images in JPEG and TIFF formats.