Date Completed: January 4, 2009
Publication Date: November 1, 2008
Reason for Reading: It's the new Spectrum book... Do I need another reason?
With art drawn from a wide variety of sources -- books, graphic novels, video games, films, galleries, and advertising -- "Spectrum 15" reinforces both the importance and prevalence of fantasy art in today's culture. Featuring 350 exceptional works by artists from around the globe, this gorgeous full-color collection celebrates a cadre of creators working in every style and medium. Included are luminaries such as Brom, James Gurney, Marc Gabanna, Shaun Tan, and 2008's Grand Master Award winner, John Jude Palencar.I am actually surprised I waited until today to enjoy this book. I had planned to read through it yesterday, but then I got caught up in Fables. (Which is fitting, actually, because the artist of the covers for that series won an award in the book!) Anyway, I was so excited to see this book yesterday. It comes in plastic wrap and it is a big thrill to peel of the wrapper and still smell that new book smell! That part I did do yesterday... This is my third year experiencing Spectrum, and one of these days I am going to start collecting the past volumes! I am a huge fantasy nerd, which I think most people that read my blog know, so this series is right up my alley!
I think my favourite artist in Spectrum 15 was probably Melanie Delon. There were three of her works in this book and I found myself pausing over all three of them without knowing that they were her pieces. I was on her website for a while this evening. I wouldn't mind buying some of the stuff in her store... Anyway, I think she is a fantastic artist. I am pretty sure she was in Spectrum 14, too, but I cannot remember for sure. I think I will probably dig out the other two books after I write this review anyway...
Another artist I quite like is James Gurney. I am not so big into dinosaurs anymore, but there was a time in my youth that I wanted to study them when I grew up. So, I, of course, own all three Jurassic Park movies and have seen them a million times! Since it was educational, I also have a lot of books on the subject. They are a bit dated now, though. I used to know all their names and everything, but now I am lucky I know a thing! I really should find something on the subject to refresh my memory.
My favourite section in the book is always the book section. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but you know I look at all the covers and find ones that catch my eye and look up the book description on Amazon! I can't help it... There were a few in there that I knew what books they were from because I have either already read the book, own the book, or want to buy the book. I probably spend the most time on this section, but I do enjoy the whole thing.
I could go on, but then I am sort of ruining the book for others! It is really something you should experience for yourself.
For a more in-depth look at the art, head over to Carl's review at Stainless Steel Droppings.