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Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Hardcover – December 6, 2011
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There are close to 500 pieces of art from different type of publications and purposes. Also included are some unpublished ones.
The Grand Master Award recipient is Ralph McQuarrie in this volume. He's the popular Star Wars artists. The winners for the Gold and Silver Awards are Ryohei Hase, Sam Weber, David Palumbo, Dan Dos Santos, Rebecca Guay, Joao Ruas, Kekai Kotaki, Tomasz Jedruszek, David Meng, Akihito, Android Jones, Brom, J.S. Rossbach and Scott Brundage. There are many other prominent and new artists featured.
For the quality of work represented, this book is a tremendous bargain for the money.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I own many of the 18 Spectrum books (one put out each year) and find myself returning to them over and over to look at all the incredible art.
There is an introduction and a few features in the beginning of each book but the images reign supreme.
Other than a credit and brief description of the image (artist, medium, client etc) it is simply page upon page of jaw dropping digital and traditional paintings (and a few photo-manipulations).
There are also sections in each book devoted to sculptures (in mediums of all kinds) that fit the categories above.
The only downside is that some of the images need to be printed fairly small, so I keep a magnifying glass handy if I really want to do some study.
If you have the $$...you'll probably want to start adding these books to your collection.
The books are a must-have for anyone interested in the visual side of the fantasy and science fiction genres, or those who simply enjoy art that engages the brain as well as the eyes. This volume is no exception and is highly recommended.
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An amazing book with a vast array of contemporary art to inspire you or just put you in disbelief with what people are capable of creating.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a writer, I flip through the pages of the Spectrum series for ideas and inspiration. This is yet one more great installment of artwork.Published on February 18, 2014 by S. Dennis
spectrum is one of the few affordable art books that cover the sci-fi and fantasy genre. they are consistently good.Published on November 27, 2013 by bob
I was directed to the Spectrum series because of my art professor, and ever since I've book hooked on them. They are by far some of the best books for art anywhere. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by James R. Easterly
I love this collection of books. I follow them since years and I learn a lot with it. The best quality edition for the best art.Published on July 6, 2013 by Ferrick
I think #17 was better but this one is pretty good. The pictures were good and it has some of my favorite artists in it.Published on June 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer