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The Art Of Todd McFarlane Hardcover – December 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; First Edition edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160706233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607062332
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Received on time, and recipient was very happy.
Miriam S. Ray
I'm a bit biased, since Todd McFarlane is my favorite comic book artist.
Cracgor
"The Art of Todd McFarlane is not just cool, it is a beautiful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
Length: 2:29 Mins
The Art of Todd McFarlane is a visual autobiography of the comic artist, master himself. It's quite a book to behold.

It's a seriously inspiring book. You'll learn about the effort he put into drawing from his schooling days, to the getting his first job and then creating companies like Image Comics and McFarlane Toys. Besides that he has also included the many side projects he's involved in, such as creating music videos, concepts for animation and movie, video games and more.

This guy sent out 700 submission letters to comic editors and received hundreds of rejection letters, and collected all the critiques to improve himself. And he actually counted the number of submissions sent?! That's determination, and the quality of his work shows. This guy is the accumulation of talent plus hard work.

The artworks showcased are amazing. Very well reproduced, printed big. You'll see his early works, in pencils, ink and colours. The accompanying commentary provides insightful background to the work, and his career progression. He has worked for Marvel, DC Comics, so those works are included as well, as his many Spawn comic art. You'll read a lot about what goes on behind creating comic art.

This book is available in hardcover and paperback. At 400 pages thick, I'll recommend getting the hardcover but I've yet to see the binding on the paperback. The paperback is much better and may be a better bargain for the price though.

Highly recommended.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Length: 2:29 Mins
The Art of Todd McFarlane is a visual autobiography of the comic artist, master himself. It's quite a book to behold.

It's a seriously inspiring book. You'll learn about the effort he put into drawing from his schooling days, to the getting his first job and then creating companies like Image Comics and McFarlane Toys. Besides that he has also included the many side projects he's involved in, such as creating music videos, concepts for animation and movie, video games and more.

This guy sent out 700 submission letters to comic editors and received hundreds of rejection letters, and collected all the critiques to improve himself. And he actually counted the number of submissions sent?! That's determination, and the quality of his work shows. This guy is the accumulation of talent plus hard work.

The artworks showcased are amazing. Very well reproduced, printed big. You'll see his early works, in pencils, ink and colours. The accompanying commentary provides insightful background to the work, and his career progression. He has worked for Marvel, DC Comics, so those works are included as well, as his many Spawn comic art. You'll read a lot about what goes on behind creating comic art.

This book is available in hardcover and paperback. At 400 pages thick, I'll recommend getting the hardcover but I've yet to see the binding on the paperback. The paperback is much better and may be a better bargain for the price though.

Highly recommended.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brian clark on June 12, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you know someone who enjoys reading comic books you can't go wrong with this book. It is my inspiration to keep drawing art pieces and maybe even a comic book in the future. There isn't much information on drawing tips, but if you enjoy reading and drawing comics, you should check this book out. Using this book for comic book poses can also be helpful for those who like to draw.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nolan P. Smith on January 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Todd McFarlane is an icon in the comic industry. From his groundbreaking work at Marvel Comics, which included the first appearance of the memorable Spider-Man villain, Venom, to his creator owned work as one of the founders of Image Comics, McFarlane is a visionary in the world of sequential art. Yet, it didn't stop there, as McFarlane has went on to found McFarlane Toys, which produces figures based on the NFL, NBA, MLB and more, and has worked with various musical acts on cover art and video concepts. Image Comics has rolled out The Art of Todd McFarlane, which showcases McFarlane's artwork, from the very beginning to the here and now.

Even though this is produced through Image Comics, the art encompasses Marvel Comics, DC Comics, even Epic Comics and more. The book has a very slick look to it all, making it the perfect way to showcase McFarlane's timeline of art. This book shows it all: from his early works as a youth just dreaming of becoming an artist, we see the evolution of a man who would become a staple in the industry. You might be surprised on some of the work this man has done during his time in the industry.

This is an amazing insight into McFarlane's creative mind, much more than your average art book. Being a huge fan of McFarlane's, I thought I knew all the books he had been a part of: man, was I wrong. McFarlane not only worked at Marvel, but did quite a few books over at DC Comics as well. We see all his works, which shows his growth as an artist throughout the years. We even see a rare glimpse at the bad side of being an artist: the denial letters. I would have never imagined that someone of McFarlane's talent would ever be turned down, but he shows the actual envelopes and letters of just a few of his rejection letters.
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