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This book is focused on the sketches, unlike the finished paintings you see from the other artbooks like
There are sketches, coloured painting drafts and life drawings. Subjects are those easily associated with Frazetta such as barbarians, wild beasts, bosomy damsels, monsters, Death Dealer, Tarzan and Conan. Most sketches are accompanied by the finished paintings for comparison, with some text.
As with Frazetta, his lines and the way he poses his characters are always amazing.
Great book for the Frazetta fans and sketchbook collectors.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
There's something about a sketchbook that really shows you how great an artist really is. If you're like mine and love seeing how drawings start or like the nitty gritty rough stuff of how a idea comes to life then you'll love this book. It has rough and basic sketches of some of Frazetta's most famous paintings (like The Sea Witch for example) and really gives you insight on the thought process behind his work.
Some people won't like it because there's no shiny or fully colored pictures, and to each their own. But if you want to know what the foundations of all his painting's looked like and how such marvelous art came from a few gesture drawings, then you'll love this.
Only thing that really pissed me off is how complete Frazetta could make a drawing using only a few lines. I've been drawing most of my life and I can't get as much detail as he could sketching something out on a bar napkin. Great book!
awesome commentary and backstory on many of the sketches. a bunch of awesome stuff that was previously not published. thebook is well constructed and nicely sized. Lots of full page sketches which is really nice to see in an art book. If you are a Frank fan, you need this in your library
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2019
Many of my colleagues trained in graphic design (I myself in painting) and have cited Frank Frazetta as a major influence, so I've always been aware of him, if not fully acquainted with his work. This well-presented paperback has blown me away; packed full of sketches, roughs, some personal pieces (portraits, etc.,) a few finished works and a good selection of life studies. It's mainly reproduced in colour - even the pencil drawings on off-white paper – and the pages are printed on good quality glossy paper. A terrific book on the artist - and this is just volume one! Hugely recommendable.
Frazetta es un espectáculo para la vista y la estética aún publicado en papel prensa. A partir de aquí todo redunda en cierto concepto de excelencia. La edición (tapa blanda) es de un altísimo nivel y acompaña (supera) al resto de libros que tengo de él. "Me encanta", me maravilla, me inspira, me impulsa, me estimula... las cinco estrellas podrían referirse todas al mismo nivel. La edición reproduciendo los soportes originales de los dibujos, con manchas de café o de humedad, el perforado de las hojas de un cuaderno, la transparencia de un papel reciclado de contabilidad... cada uno de esos matices "sucios" aportan una gran información extra a quienes nos fascina dibujar y pintar. Soy arquitecto y dentro de mis estudios he abordado aspectos de la psicología de la percepción de los que podría extraer justificaciones y teorías (a las que Frazetta evitaba) que explicarían o aportarían algo de luz a esa magia que produce Frazetta a gente como yo... pero la luz a veces no es mejor que el misterio... mejor lo dejamos así. Lo que no me gustó: ...........no tengo nada que decir. A quién se lo recomendaría: a todos los que crecieron admirando a Walt Disney o su mundo pero que ahora ya están grandecitos para esas historias aunque su técnica sigue maravillándoles, pues Frazetta continúa la magia... se que hay otros, pero Frazetta se ha transformado en una especie de Carlos Gardel: "cada día pinta mejor".