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"Spectrum is a compendium of wonders-a treasure-hoard of incalculable value. Over the years, these books have provided me with an enormous amount of inspiration: fantastical images that have suggested and enriched my stories. I can't recommend Spectrum enough. Buy this book now and revel in the dreams within."
--Christopher Paolini, Bestselling author of the Inheritance Cycle

"The latest Spectrum annual surpasses all expectations with stunning fantasy art."
--ImagineFX Magazine

"...a feast for the eye and the imagination." --New Times

"[Spectrum] most definitely belongs in the library of any art lover or artist."
--Airbrush Art + Action

"A full color presentation of the current state of the art-charming, sublime, exotic, horrific..."
--Locus

"The best annual out there!"
--James Gurney, creator of Dynotopia

"I’m hooked ... This is a fantastic book." --The Fringe

"If you are a lover of fantastic art this is the ONE book you must have each year!"
–-Mania Entertainment

"A dandy look at the year in contemporary fantastic art ... highly recommended."
-–Green Man Review

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
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books; First Edition edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599290634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599290638
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 7, 2013
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Spectrum has been an amazing artbook series, and we're so close to almost two decades of work now. Amazing.

The Grand Master Award in this series goes to James Gurney. I was wondering when. Beside him, you'll see a lot of new and familiar names in the world of art. The art is fantastic and wide ranging as usual.

This is a great deal for the price of the book, which comes in paperback and hardcover. 304 pages total.

Highly inspirational. Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By Jules on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
For nearly 20 years Spectrum has been Collecting and showing off the best art in the realm Science Fiction and Fantasy. The pages of these book have been hallowed ground for those breaking into the business of art or those just seeking inspiration. Spectrum 19 is the largest Spectrum to date and it is full of a wide range fantastic art in many categories. This latest offering is another incredible volume to add to or begin your collection with. Open up the pages and fall in and enjoy your journey.
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Fantastic art from cover to cover. I have all volumes and this book fits in perfect with well done fantasy art of all types. Digital art, sculpture and more throughout the book. This book an investment in my education as well. There is always something new and inspiring inside the pages of these collections and art has been my passion since the early sixties. The back of the book has the contact information for finding out more about each artist - their website url if you want to satisfy the need to learn more. These are such good books I never hesitate to order them as soon as they are available and even the price is reasonable. Perhaps my art may grace one of these well done books.
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This series of books probably demonstrates the huge range of the human imagination. The variety of subject matter should have something to appeal to just about every art taste. I purchase these books for ideas as much as their outright beauty. A good source for motivation and ideas. A great source for just admiration and contemplation. I highly recommend it.
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I've bought Spectrum every year since the first one (but missed two), when I met some of the people behind the book at a convention. The goal of each Spectrum collection is a noble one: to showcase the year's most creative works, across various fields and media, in the pop culture areas of science fiction and fantasy. This means that every Spectrum volume is a compendium of works ranging from sculptures (and in this one a functioning bronze cannon), paintings, design sketches, illustrations and more--some real, some digital, some a combination of both. Comic art is interwoven with book covers, Magic (the Gathering) card art, game design art, and more. Each year highlights one artist in particular, talks about the industry as a whole, and there's even a section devoted to works that went unpublished. I liked seeing art from names as famous as Michael Whelan, James Gurney and Julie Bell, but then I also enjoyed some names I'd never heard of.

Spectrum 19 isn't perfect: although they work really hard to clearly and colorfully print every work I spotted a couple that were surprisingly out of focus. Because many of these works were commissioned for a purpose, such as a book cover or an illustration, they tend towards the 'graphic arts' more than 'fine arts'--figures placed front and center, backgrounds sometimes de-emphasized, digital processing at times a bit lurid. However, looking through these books is magical. There is so much imagination, and so many diffent ways these artists present their creativity, that I can't help but enjoy each year's new volume. For creative people, this is a fun journey through others' imaginations.
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Christmas and don't know what to get your son/daughter? Get them one of these Spectrum books. If they Ooo and Ahh over it- you've got yourself a steady birthday/Christmas gift plan for the next 15 years. Just buy one every year.
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Still the best measure of the genre. What I always really enjoy about Spectrum is the representation of not only what is really happening in the field but also the representation of the best in the field and the best in illustration. Tastes will always vary but excellence can still be measured by the best in Spectrum.
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Somehow, me, a lover of fantasy art, missed these books entirely, never heard of them til last week. I am enraptured! Great collection of dream art to spin off of...love love love, and will buy the rest , i suspect...
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