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Spectrum 13: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Paperback – October 10, 2006
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This time, the annual Grand Master Award goes to long-time fantasy artist and Frank Frazetta wannabe, Jeffrey Jones. I guess he's deserving. But, compared to the likes of past Grand Master recipients Frazetta, James Bama, Jean Giraud, and H.R. Giger, Jeffrey Jones's selection is dubious. But, certainly, that's just my opinion.
Some of my personal favorites in SPECTRUM 13 are the cute "Worlds Collide" by Eric Joyner, the expressive "Mother Nature" by David Bowers, and the evocative "Empire of Dreams" by Michael Whelan.Read more ›
But it's a good eye-opener and start for somebody who doesn't think they like art I use these books many times in the 90s to open the eyes of the people around me and to the world of fantasy in art that only I saw
Spectrum 13 presents its Grandmaster award to Jeffrey Jones, certainly a very deserving recipient. Editor Arnie Fenner does his year in review on all of the different artistic categories and we get a glimpse at the Spectrum exhibition held in New York from Sepetember, 7 to October 1, 2005.
First up in the book is Advertising art as Spectrum hands out its gold and silver awards to Donato Giancola and Andrew Jones respectively. Each piece in the book notes the work's title, artist, medium, and client. My personal favorite was R.K. Post's painting "Lady of Pain" done for Dragon Magazine.
Next up is cover art from books and I was blown away by the gorgeously amusing work of Ragnar and his digital illustrations completed for Baby Tattoo Books. It's old school illustration with a modern flair. Adam Hughes has long been one of my favorite comic artists and Spectrum loves him too it seems as Hughes gets a two page spread of his work including his dynamic cover to Catwoman # 49, and the noir-ish cover to Catwoman #50. Not to be outdone, or missed, is Frank Cho's dazzling cover to Shanna #3 for Marvel Comics. One of my most favorite pieces in the comic section is Hoang Nguyen's cover to Hardboiled to the Max done in the style of an old pulp detective magazine, complete with cover creases.Read more ›
Although a few pieces display real humor it tends to be of a dark kind, as in Stahlberg's "Psycho Girlfriend." The exceptions lie largely in the Dimensional (sculpture) category, with Keubler's "Myron Klinefelter's Revenge" and Northey's beautiful "Jim and George" leading the way. Dozens of other works tend toward the thoughtful, or pointed, or moving, ... well, pretty much every direction that art can lead.
You might look to this book for inspiration, for a snapshot of the evolving world of fantasy art, or just for the pure fun of the pictures themselves. Whatever your reason, go ahead and indulge it. Catalogs of fantasy art just don't get better than the Spectrum annual editions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I look forward every year to this annual. It's well written and the artwork is outstanding. I recommend this series.Published on May 10, 2014 by robert mancine
Awesome! Finally another group of people who has a twisted, yet artistic mind. Thank you Spectrum for these beauties! I plan to buy all Spectrum books!Published on December 8, 2012 by Cooky
I was told the book arrived on time and that it was in great shape. Thank you for your speed and great price.Published on December 3, 2011 by Carole L. Simonsen
Staggering levels of talent in this arcane collection. Contains every imaginable fantasy style and sub-genre.Published on May 12, 2007 by Regent T. St Claire
This is a high-quality volume with a wide variety of science fiction and fantasy art from many talented artists.Published on February 22, 2007 by R. Schloss
This book really does live up to expectations. Good quality images. If fantasy art is your thing would recomend this book.Published on February 21, 2007 by L. Critchlow
Este libro es realmente una joya. Si estas estudiando ilustracion, arte, o si quieres ampliar tus horizontes, este libro te servira de ventana tanto para inspirarte como para... Read morePublished on February 11, 2007 by Hendrick