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About the Author

Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner are recipients of the Locus Award and World Fantasy Award for SPECTRUM as Best Art Book. In addition to SPECTRUM, the Fenners have edited a number of books celebrating contemporary art, including MIDDLE-EARTH: Visions of a Modern Myth, THE BEST OF GAHAN WILSON and Frank Frazetta's ICON. They live in Overland Park, Kansas.
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Product Details

  • Series: Spectrum (Book 18)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599290596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599290591
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 24, 2012
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Volume 18 is another great addition to the series. It's now 304 pages, slightly thicker than Spectrum 17. Available in either hardcover or paperback. Binding is great for a book this thick.

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 Also included are some unpublished ones.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.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Davila-Colina on December 28, 2011
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I love this book! normally with spectrum books there only 10 or so pages of art that I really like, and then there is some art that seems repeated or it is just not as special to me, but in spectrum 18 you can find a lot of really good art, page after page we were shocked and very inspired by what we were looking at. Really happy with my purchase!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Stapleton on November 30, 2011
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Not sure what the rest of you think but this book just gets better and better with every volume. The inspiration one gets as an artist or gazer is very strong. They choose the best of the best to appear in these books. Hopefully one day I will be among those elite (...he says while his fingers are crossed) :-)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tony Chaney on January 19, 2012
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I have all of the SPECTRUM books, and I will continue to buy them in the future. However, this issue of the book, and the last couple have to me fallen off in creativity. I believe the artists themselves are at the top of their form, it's the subject matter I find rather dull, but hey, that's me being subjective.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cericke on December 1, 2011
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So I got this book the day it came out, and I have to say it's quite the impressive compilation. Thus far this is my second book of this kind (the other was a Society of Illustrators Annual), and I have to say Spectrum is top notch. Anyone who is even interested in fantasy art or sci-fi should get Spectrum, and the price isn't half bad on Amazon either.

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).
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By B. Justin Shier on June 21, 2012
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Spectrum 18 is the first of the Spectrum series that I have purchased. I'm presently in the market for fantasy artists, and I figured the Spectrum series would be a good place to start.

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. :/

B.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Lane on December 2, 2011
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I have bought many copies of Spectrum over the years. This has to be one of the best issues ever! A feast for the eyes of any fantasy art fan.
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By Jephyr on May 22, 2012
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If you're into seeing current fantasy, surreal, (dark) and/or science-fiction art this series is a must have.

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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