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Spectrum 17: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Paperback – November 1, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 17 of 18 in the Spectrum Series

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About the Author

In 1993 Arnie Fenner, along with his wife Cathy, combined both their personal and professional interests in the fantastic arts to form Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art-but that has not been the limit of their celebration of the field. They have written, designed, and edited a series of titles devoted to the works of Frank Frazetta, Jeffrey Jones, Jon Foster, Robert E. McGinnis, John Jude Palencar, Dave Stevens, and many others that have been published by Underwood Books. In addition, Arnie serves as a Senior Art Director for Andrews McMeel Publishing.
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Product Details

  • Series: Spectrum (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books; First Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159929043X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599290430
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:02 Mins
The brush-stroke style title is certainly a departure from the past. Almost couldn't recognise it as the series. The nice cover art is from Gregory Manchess. It still comes as either a paperback or hardcover edition featuring 284 pages of wonderful art work.

Volume 17 is yet another great collection. You've work from the (gold) winners: Sam Weber, Omar Rayyan, Steven Tabbutt, Daniel Dociu, Mark Newman, Chris Buzelli, Ed Binkley, Eric Fortune and many other top artists. The Grand Master Award goes to Al Williamson. You can check out the full list of artists featured on the Spectrum website.

Some of the artists who I thought had retired are actually not. It's really hard to follow these artists when sometimes they don't even have a website, or update them regularly. In Spectrum 17, you can catch up on their latest work for the year.

The usual categories are Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional and Unpublished. There are environment paintings, character designs, concept art, sculptures etc. Lots of different subjects and ideas created with different medium and style.

I can't say anything more that I haven't said before. Spectrum one of the best valued and inspiration art annuals around. Highly recommended to artists, art directors and anyone into fantasy art, or into fantastic art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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I look forward to each year's Spectrum. It's an amazing collection of truly great fantasy art. This is no exception. In fact, with more art than the past couple of years, it's an amazing look at the variety of work being produced in the field. I'd also have to say that the pieces themselves seem more interesting and more technically impressive than the past couple of years. Spectrum is a must-have for any sci-fi/fantasy art fan.
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From an illustrators point of view, one of the most diverse (sorry to differ with some opinions) Spectrums. A great mix of traditional and digital media and a nod toward the future of this business while still praising tradition. It has been exciting to see the growth and mainstream acceptance of fantastic art and illustration over the years. I can think of no better catalog of that growth than Spectrum.
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Beautiful. I have a collection of these and they are beautiful. I love the imaginative work in them all. Even when the art is disturbing, the quality is amazing and interesting to see. I am a fan of the art and love to see what the artists come up with each year. It takes you to very different worlds on each page.
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I have many of the books from this series. They are published annually and contain all kinds of art that falls into the fantasy genre.

Generally the images are all extremely engaging and of high quality and there is a mix traditional mediums, digital art, and a section of photographs of sculptural work.

Sometimes the themes can be a little dark and there are some violent images and subject matter...so if you want a book full of sweet little fairly images this probably won't suit you.

There are a few of that type though...and otherwise there are many images throughout this book that will capture your imagination.

As an artist I often find myself going through each book over and over marveling at the imagination, and composition and techniques shown by all the artists represented.
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These artists DO NOT ALL LOOK THE SAME!!!! That is FOR SURE!!! They do sculpture, graphic art, oil, water color, resin, acrylic, various types of art styles and in pretty much EVERY ISSUE!!! I figure model for the art classes at the local university and the figure drawing people have gotten into buying them when I show them. If you are a die hard collector ( I have since age 12) and I have gone to art school and collected for over 20 years you know your stuff basically. It can sometimes be previewed at Barnes and Nobles in the fantasy section for reading. They also include in the back of this yearly guide the artists web sites or addresses. They have some of the best artists like Micheal Wellan, Todd Lockwood, Joe Jusko has been known to be in some of them (he patterned after Frank Franzetta) ect... Kinko Kraft, Don Maitz (WHO IS VERY GOOD), and the list goes on... in this series now of 17 books to new coming artists. I wish the brothers (Tim and Greg) HILDEBRANT were in them (original STAR WARS poster and LORD OF THE RINGS works and much more), Alan Lee, Elmore, Cris Achillios, (Kieth Parkingson in past) for fantasy art. Their private art books usually are bigger than the darn 64 pages coming out in some books. In a sense, I can say for the best NATURE ARTISTS like ROBERT BATEMAN, TERRY ISSAC, CARL BRENDERS (he paints for the Queen of England, these guys are some of the best in the world) are people if you are a collector you may want to look up (AND WILL TEACH YOU BACKGROUNDS FOR ANY SUBJECT AND ANIMALS). Try the book series...it has alot of pages and is alot of FUN... If cost is the question get an older issue that is cheap if you can and buy it and decide whether or not you like the series or preview it at Barnes and Nobles and decide. I love it every year and have every one of them!!!
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