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The Art Of Todd McFarlane Hardcover – December 4, 2012
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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.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The book also sprinkles in a written overview of McFarlanes journey from amateur artist, to superstar comic creator, to successful business man throughout the art. Though not as in-depth as it could have been, I feel that this narrative provides a nice frame of reference for the art without becoming too wordy or biographical.
The book itself is printed beautifully on high quality, glossy paper and is a solid 400 pages in length. This is actually bigger than my Alex Ross Mythology art book which is also a very good read.
I choose this rating because I thought it was the most interesting and coolest book I read to enjoy and learn, such as the part I learned that Spawn, the character, was originally created as an alien super hero by McFarlane in 1977 before he remade him as a super hero from Hell 15 years later.
I would recommend this book to Kevin Smith and the guys at Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash for their next episode of "Comic Book Men" on AMC, LOL! In fact, I would rather recommend this awesome book to all McFarlane fans, Spawn fans, comic book fans, and collectors everywhere!