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Poster Art From Classic Monster Films by Philip J Riley (book review).

February 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Poster Art From Classic Monster Films by Philip J Riley (book review).

There are books that arrive where your jaw just drops in surprise. Case in point is Philip J Riley’s book ‘Poster Art From Classic Monster Films’ and just a page flick tells you this is going to be good, even if the book is just pictures. Rare ones that aren’t usually collected together in one […]

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Electric Dreams: The Art Of Barclay Shaw (book review)

January 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Electric Dreams: The Art Of Barclay Shaw   (book review)

Coming across Barclay Shaw in ‘Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary’ by Jane Frank, I looked up and saw the cover for his only book and decided to have a deeper look at ‘Electric Dreams: The Art Of Barclay Shaw’. Artist Barclay Shaw’s big break came at the 1980 […]

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Dream Makers by Chris Evans (book review)

January 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dream Makers by Chris Evans  (book review)

I’d quite forgotten that back in the 1980s before Paper Tiger switched to glossy paper, they used a quality texture paper. Considering three of the six artists Chris Evans interviewed in this book use pen and ink a lot, this has made for an interesting texture experience. A book of this nature is also a […]

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Welcome To My Worlds: The Art Of Rob Alexander (book review)

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Welcome To My Worlds: The Art Of Rob Alexander  (book review)

Amongst the artists I came across while reading ‘Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary’ by Jane Frank was Rob Alexander. Defunct publisher Paper Tiger was a steady source of artbooks and one that I missed, especially as their books had page to page paintings with little wasted space. Rob […]

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Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary by Jane Frank (book review)

January 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary by Jane Frank   (book review)

Oddly, there are very few really expensive first-hand books about Science Fiction. I’ve resisted ‘Keep Watching The Skies’, even if both volumes are on McFarland/Eurospan’s list although the length of time reading is a consideration in case my helpful Eurospan publicist is thinking why I haven’t asked about them yet. The same also applies to […]

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The Art Of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by John Kushins (book review)

January 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by John Kushins    (book review)

**This review contains spoilers for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I suggest you go watch it and then read this review!** As ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ continues to generate millions of dollars of revenue at the box office, this is a great time to take […]

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1500 Color Mixing Recipes For Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor by William F. Powell (book review)

December 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
1500 Color Mixing Recipes For Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor by William F. Powell  (book review)

One advantage any artist has is an eye for colour and seeing some tones non-artists can miss. They see a blue sky, we see it getting darker at the horizon for instance. It makes life easier to know what you’re after to create the colour on canvas. After years of being identify colours by tube […]

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How To Draw Fallen Angels by Mike Butkus and Michelle Prather (art book review)

December 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
How To Draw Fallen Angels by Mike Butkus and Michelle Prather   (art book review)

Looking at the title, ‘How To Draw Fallen Angels’, the word ‘Fallen’ doesn’t really sink in that this book, text by Michelle Prather and art by Mike Butkus, is about some of the residents of Hell. As Prather reveals, even those from Heaven aren’t particularly nice neither and both sides appear in different countries over […]

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The Art Of Drawing Dragons by Michael Dobrzychi (book review).

December 20, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
The Art Of Drawing Dragons by Michael Dobrzychi (book review).

I should point out that only about half of the book, ‘The Art Of Drawing Dragons’ by Michael Dobrzychi, is devoted to an assortment of dragons, the rest is to assorted fantasy creatures as mentioned in the small print sub-title on the cover. Like all the Walter Foster imprint books, you get a detailing of […]

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The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Eddie Campbell (book review)

November 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Eddie Campbell  (book review)

‘The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains’ is an illustrated novelette set in the Isle of Skye written by Neil Gaiman. The story follows the journey of a dwarf who hires a guide, Calum MacInnes, to take him to the cave in the black mountains. The cave itself contains golden treasure but the […]

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