If you’re going to buy one art book this season, it should be Excelsior’s Savage Pencil by Paul R. Mitchell. Mitchell is an artist whose work is inspired by pop culture. It isn’t entirely British TV and comedy–some of it is music like David Bowie, American shows like Community and The Big Bang Theory, political cartoons featuring Donald Trump and President Obama, or caricatures of Clint Eastwood and Al Pacino–but there is a lot of it in this book. You get TV shows like The Inbetweeners and Not Going Out, celebrities like Ant & Decand ventriloquist Ray Alan, stand up comics from Russell Brand to Michael McIntyre. Each illustration is given a full page to admire its detail, plus a page of comment from the author. A real treat of a book, if you can afford thirty bucks for a 60-page paperback (also comes in hardcover and e-book).
Buy it here.