- Series: Spectrum
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Underwood Books; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599290685
- ISBN-13: 978-1599290683
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.8 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spectrum 20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Hardcover – November 19, 2013
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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."
"...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..."
"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!"
"A dandy look at the year in contemporary fantastic art ... highly recommended."
-Green Man Review
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I have collected the Spectrum series from the first volume and they are always something to look forward to. The editors consistently present the very best artists in the field and there is not one edition I haven't enjoyed looking through over and over again.
It is interesting to contrast the works in the earlier volumes and see just how far the quality of the art has progressed. I enjoy the early editions but there is no question, at least in my judgement, that todays artists have really ratcheted it up a few notches. The work in the later Spectrum series volumes is much more polished and, seen in its entirety, much more diverse.
There seems to be some controversy regarding the mediums employed in the production of these works (the digital vs traditional debate). I am not in a position to weigh in with any meaningful commentary as I am not an artist myself. I will not likely be owning any of the originals from these artists, whatever the format, so I just relax in a nice comfortable chair and enjoy them for the pleasure and creativity they do offer. I know I couldn't produce anything nearly as impressive with a brush, pencil, pen, keyboard or mouse so a big hat-tip to those of your that can.
Will be pre-ordering #21 as soon as Amazon has it listed - Thanks
The Fenners did a marvelous and awesome job in bringing about one of the most successful and beautiful series of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Comic Book artbooks ever. This series has been a wonderful exhibition of established artists as well as newcomers who are starting out.
I highly recommend this and all the other books in the series!
I have dabbled in small-scale sculpture, so the 3-D section is always particularly interesting to me. Some of the stuff being put out in this genre every year, mostly for commercial publication... Makes the vast gamut of "modern" art look downright silly.
Like all of the previous year's collections this book contains many different styles of fantastical art and again serves as a great annual for what was both good and popular in this field of art. I have every book in the series and I use them as inspiration, reference and enjoyment!
I thank the Fenners for all of their work in the last 20 years and I wish those taking over all the best - and I will definately be getting next year's book!
Top quality and a book/series that I highly recommend for artists and lovers of all types of fantasy & Science Fiction art!