- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Comics; First edition (December 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593078137
- ISBN-13: 978-1593078133
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,791,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess Hardcover – December 29, 2009
*Starred Review* One of contemporary comics’ classiest acts, fantasy artist Vess is even more stunning as a book illustrator. It’s altogether fitting, then, that book illustration looms large in this gorgeously produced retrospective album (the heavy, translucent section frontispieces are especially impressive). Vess provides his own very economical notes, which downplay technique in favor of autobiographical and art-appreciative remarks, the latter about his beloved influences, beginning with Arthur Rackham and Aubrey Beardsley, both of whose fluidly slender figures have their ilk in Vess’ creations. He also lauds the premier Victorian painter of fairies, Richard Dadd, whose mastery of crowded compositions Vess thoroughly learned; comics artists Hal Foster and Russ Manning, renowned for the ornate and graceful vigor of their work on Tarzan and Prince Valiant; and all manner of literary fantasists, starting with the Scots and English ballad makers and the Shakespeare of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which Vess has rendered in both comics and an illustrated edition of the full text. No wonder he’s the preferred artist of premier modern literary fantasists Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lint, and Susanna Clarke, the last of whom contributes an aptly breathless yet not giddy introduction. --Ray Olson
Top Customer Reviews
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Drawing Down the Moon is a well constructed hardcover from Dark Horse. There are 200 pages and a couple are translucent with line art that overlays on the finished coloured piece beneath on the next page. Unfortunately, the overlay is just slightly misaligned, for my copy.
Over two hundred pieces of paintings and comic art are featured, from covers, comics, private commissions and personal pieces, along with them notes from Charle Vess. Creating enchanting backgrounds and fairytale characters is his specialty. So much so that it makes you want to find out more about the story after looking at the pictures.
He has created a whole lot of art for countless publications. The most notable ones are probably the paintings he did for Neil Gaiman's Stardust, which was made into a movie (I love that movie!). A few of the 175 pieces created for Stardust are featured here, not the concept art though. He's able to capture Neil Gaiman's imagination perfectly and make them come real.
The book finishes off with an interesting look at his creation process, how he handles a commissioned project, though there are no pictures of how he actually paints.
This is an inspiring retrospective for Charles Vess. Highly recommended to fantasy artists.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Drawing Down The Moon is an absolute necessity for anyone who has ever longed for a peek into the worlds that exist just out of our sight.
Included within are some of his best-known cover work including Web of Spider-Man #1 with its gothic setting of Spider-Man perched atop a pair of gargoyles; his many covers for DC's Swamp Thing and The Spectre, and his work with Neil Gaiman on The Books of Magic. Also included are examples of Vess' work for novels, gaming products, children's books, theater posters and albums. His Theater Bristol illustrations especially are gorgeous and capture the look and feel of earth 20th century American folk art.
Vess provides a commentary on many of the pieces inside and each illustration is noted with title, year, and art form used. This is an astonishing edition devoted to a true master of fantasy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can't get enough of Charlie. Wonderful illustrator/artist.Published 8 months ago by Angela A. Mullen
I love that there are so many pages to look at in this book. So often I feel sad because I don't get enough of a good thing. This book can keep me occupied for hours. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by J. Berlepsch
I have always loved Charles Vess illustrations, and cannot get enough of them. Keep it up Charles especially the Fairies, and Shakespeares Midsummer nights dream Titania, and her... Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by gail youll
Charles Vess is and extraordinary gifted artist and this book showcases some of his most fantastic works, I would recommend this book to anybody at all..Published on November 14, 2012 by todd a shulek
Charles Vess is one of those illustrators that every fantasy fan has seen -- he's done comics and illustrations for Neil Gaiman, mainstream graphic novels, and covers for authors... Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by EA Solinas