From beardy cave-men daubing their family albums using burnt sticks on cave walls to beardy geeks dicking around with iphone apps, it seems that portraiture has been a consistent pastime of the homo-sapien artist (as has facial hair). To prove this point Taschen’s latest Illustration Now! tome is a contemporary glimpse at some famous coupons and fizzogs put together by eighty of the world’s most interesting and inspiring artists (not all of whom have beards). Personal favourites included here are Vanessa Dell’s amazing Alan Partridge (and other Coogan characters), Lisel Ashlock’s stunning Jacques Cousteau, Jason Mecier’s Nicolas Cage collage and Anita Kunz’s apeing around Darwin.
Priced £24.99 and available from: http://www.taschen.com