- Series: Spectrum (Book 15)
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Underwood Books (November 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599290278
- ISBN-13: 978-1599290270
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spectrum 15: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Paperback – November 1, 2008
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What's in there? Well, the introduction, naturally, and the Grandmaster Award for the outstanding John Jude Palencar--one of my faves! There's a review of the year in SF art (this is for 2007), which highlights, among others, a nicely urban-infrastructure-architectural work by Michael Whelan and the covers from some of the art books published last year. Artists who have died are given space in an obit list.
Ah, the art comes. First, the Best in Show award went to James Jean (and if you have been reading the terrific and engrossing FABLES series of comics by Bill Willingham, his cover art will be familiar to you). His winning entry is the cover for THE GOOD PRINCE, a wonderful piece full of understated grays (steel, water, stone) with one blazing arc of orange that is the plume of Prince Ambrose's helm. Cool.
The winner of the Gold award makes me giggle every time I look at it--a technicolor bit of zombie-alien silliness with a retro (as in 50's-60's) album cover feel. More silliness by Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo graces page 31--a full page reproduction of the artwork for AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE. As a fan of the cartoon, I got a particular little thrill seeing Frylock, Master Shake, and Meatwad rendered in Vallejo's trademark style--curvy women included.
One of the other reviewers called this the "all digital" issue. Well, on this spread alone--the two pages of 30-31--there is Vallejo's oil painting, one digital, one mixed media, and one acrylics/goache. Jean's best-in-show winner was a mixed media piece.Read more ›
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In Volume 15, the judges are Justin Sweet, Daren Bader, Frank Cho, Tim Bodendistel and Kelly Seda.
The list of winners are on[..]and the full list of artists here.
As for the art, they are gorgeous. The variety is incredible and are created with different mediums. They are grouped into different categories, namely Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional (sculptures and models), Editorial, Institional and Unpublished.
Since these are published yearly, the illustrations featured are all recent. I'm an art book collector and I find myself going,"Oh, oh, I hope he/she's going to release an art book!" while going through the pages.
There are actually 264 pages instead of the 248 pages listed on Amazon. Nice.
This is perhaps the best valued art annual around.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Except for the high quality and underlying theme of fantasy, I don't think any one statement would be true of all the works presented. Media cover a wide range, including oils, pen/ink, acrylic, watercolor, and digital - but digital without the computer-y look of past decade, digital with real delicacy and feeling. Styles cover the whole imaginable range, and maybe a bit more. Giancola's "Red Sonja" has a naturalistic style, an almost romantic image of a lethal warrior. Others, like Juan's "Chronomancer," blend elements of Dali's floating surrealism with hints of Sorayama's robo-babes in a unique blend. Others draw on every visual style from the Hudson River landscape artists to comic books and way beyond. Moods of the images include comical, horrific, delicate, monumental, mysterious, brooding, and seemingly every other sense that a picture can convey.
Dimensional (sculptural) work appears too, and includes some my favorites in this collection. Virginie Ropars's charmingly creepy statuettes each stand as a labor of love, but I like the steam-punk visions or humor of Rivamonte, Lambert, and Northey, too.
Whether you like the heroic, humorous, dark, or delightful, this collection has plenty for just about any taste in visual art. I expect to come back to this, like others in this annual series, again and again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another fine spectrum ... this one completes my collection. In great shape too.Published 5 months ago by Raymond G. Schoch
Christmas and don't know what to get your son/daughter? get them one of these Spectrum books. If they Ooo and Ahh over it- you've got yourself a steady birthday/Christmas gift... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Earnest
This is a great book of Illustrations. I Have the number 1 to the latest except for Number 16. Which is next on the List. Great book. Great Seller!Published on June 22, 2012 by R. Trivinos
Each year there is one supreme collection of fantasy and Sci-Fi art that stands head and shoulders above all others and that collection is Spectrum, now in its fifteenth volume. Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by Tim Janson
If you've ever looked through an edition of spectrum, this one is the next logical step in the progression. Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by Shane Baker
A very important tool to get to know what the artists produce and what are the demands of the actual art directors. Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by CARLES AYALA POCH
SPECTRUM 15 is not good. SPECTRUM 15 is mind blowing.
I look back at the first Spectrum, and the art seems only "good" while the art in Spectrum 15 is "awesome". Read more
The book came in a timely manner and was in excellent condition. Thank You!!Published on December 16, 2008 by Eileen M. Vallejo