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Posted 30.03.16

Illustration lecturer Tristan Manco releases latest book with Thames & Hudson

By Sarah Packer

Illustration lecturer, Tristan Manco

Author, art director, curator and lecturer on our BA (Hons) Illustration programme, Tristan Manco is set to release his latest book ‘Make Your Mark’ with Thames & Hudson on Monday 4 April 2016.

Tristan has spotted the greatest talents in urban art in a long line of bestselling publications and now brings us another mould-breaking worldwide selection in his latest book 'Make Your Mark'.

“In 2002 my first book, Stencil Graffiti was published by Thames & Hudson worldwide. This was followed by Street Logos (2004), Graffiti Brasil (2005), Street Sketchbook (2007), Street Sketchbook: Journeys (2010), Raw + Material + Art (2012) and Big Art / Small Art (2014),” said Tristan.

Extract from 'Make Your Mark', Tristan's latest book with Thames and Hudson.

Celebrating the work of forty-five urban artists, ‘Make Your Mark’ showcases a diverse range of original and creative work by some of the freshest artists on the scene.

Speaking of his latest release, Tristan said, “This book is intended as inspiration – to show how artists today work in many different ways, inventing techniques, and using unusual cross-platform strategies in the way they make art.

“It’s about being original and open to ideas." — Tristan Manco

“It’s about being original and open to ideas. Its also points to how traditional skills such as, drawing, painting and making are currently being energised, stylised and reinterpreted.

“The cover features artwork by the fantastic Gustavo Ortiz and the equally talented Berlin-based 44flavours created the typography for it.”

'Make Your Mark' brings to light some of the best emerging artists right now.

‘Make Your Mark’ explores a range of mediums from figurative painting, illustration, and comic book drawing to tattoo art, poster design, and mural-making. Hand selected and original, the artists featured showcase not only Tristan’s trained eye but also the intersection of traditional and street sensibilities.

“...we encourage students to find their voice, through exploration and experimentation – to make their mark in the world." — Tristan Manco

“I have long been an advocate and fan of street art and graffiti for many decades so there is a natural focus for me in this area, so this book also gave me the stage to show some great artists that have been coming to international attention in this field in recent years such as Ernest Zacharevic, Franco Fasoli and Pastel to name a few,” explained Tristan.

Featuring artists such as, Mexican-born artist Carlos Donjuán's and his paintings of masked figures, the atmospheric drawings of Bucharest-based artist Mark Francis Williams, French illustrator and graffiti artist Bault, the American muralist Zio Ziegler, and the Japanese painter Fucu Ueda.

Tristan oversaw the design of Blur’s ‘Think Tank’ album artwork, is a judge for the Association of Illustrators, and has been described as ‘the world’s leading authority on street art.'

“More informally I wanted to put this book together partly in response to my teaching practice at Plymouth. As part of the Illustration course and the general ethos of art education at Plymouth College of Art – we encourage students to find their voice, through exploration and experimentation – to make their mark in the world.

“My hope is that students, artists and creatives will be attracted to the variety and originality to be found in the book and that it perhaps spark ideas in their own work and artistic outlook.

“For people who know my Street Sketchbook series it is perhaps a logical progression from this – looking at process and how artists develop their visual language.”

You can buy Tristan's new book here.