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Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Paperback – December 6, 2011
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There are close to 500 pieces of art from different type of publications and purposes. Also included are some unpublished ones.
The Grand Master Award recipient is Ralph McQuarrie in this volume. He's the popular Star Wars artists. The winners for the Gold and Silver Awards are Ryohei Hase, Sam Weber, David Palumbo, Dan Dos Santos, Rebecca Guay, Joao Ruas, Kekai Kotaki, Tomasz Jedruszek, David Meng, Akihito, Android Jones, Brom, J.S. Rossbach and Scott Brundage. There are many other prominent and new artists featured.
For the quality of work represented, this book is a tremendous bargain for the money.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Unfortunately, either Amazon or UPS mucked up my shipping and put my copy in a large box with no packing material, so when I did receive it, it was rather banged up (edges are all crinkled, cover is messed up).
The book is well designed and bound. The image quality is high, and the nicely organized artist directory in the back is a nice touch. The editors have offered an excellent range of works, from acrylic models and landscapes, to more conceptual and abstract pieces. The efforts of J.S. Rossbach, Sam Weber, James Gurney, Jon Foster, and Bruce Holwerda's were especially captivating--and Dan dos Santos' contribution was just plain fun.
Having been away from this genre for a while, I was struck my a noticeable decline in the number of more epic scale SF artwork. I don't fault Spectrum 18's editors for this, however. Perusing sites like DeviantART reveals nothing better. It seems that the entire field is in a bit of a decline. I found myself returning to National Geographic's Our Universe (Gallant, 1995) and Doherty's 1980's TOR commissioned artwork to reminisce.
I guess that means I am getting old. :/
I own many of the 18 Spectrum books (one put out each year) and find myself returning to them over and over to look at all the incredible art.
There is an introduction and a few features in the beginning of each book but the images reign supreme.
Other than a credit and brief description of the image (artist, medium, client etc) it is simply page upon page of jaw dropping digital and traditional paintings (and a few photo-manipulations).
There are also sections in each book devoted to sculptures (in mediums of all kinds) that fit the categories above.
The only downside is that some of the images need to be printed fairly small, so I keep a magnifying glass handy if I really want to do some study.
If you have the $$...you'll probably want to start adding these books to your collection.
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As a writer, I flip through the pages of the Spectrum series for ideas and inspiration. This is yet one more great installment of artwork.Published 24 months ago by S. Dennis
spectrum is one of the few affordable art books that cover the sci-fi and fantasy genre. they are consistently good.Published on November 27, 2013 by bob
I was directed to the Spectrum series because of my art professor, and ever since I've book hooked on them. They are by far some of the best books for art anywhere. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by James R. Easterly
I love this collection of books. I follow them since years and I learn a lot with it. The best quality edition for the best art.Published on July 6, 2013 by Ferrick
I think #17 was better but this one is pretty good. The pictures were good and it has some of my favorite artists in it.Published on June 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I rated this very high as this whole line of publication, picks the best Contemporary Fantasy Art yearly.
Greatly illustrated. Read more