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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gingko Press (15 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9881943817
  • ISBN-13: 978-9881943811
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 17.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: Dark Inspiration( Grotesque Illustrations Art & Design) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Victionary <>Publisher: Victionary

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2010
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The cover for the book really caught my attention. The dust jacket and cover are uniquely cut, clearly showing the layers when they are put on top of each other. It's just like how the paper would be "cut" if it was burned by fire.

Dark Inspiration: Grotesque Illustrations, Art and Design is an art book of dark illustrations.

The images are haunting. The artists featured are really good at using abstractions and collages to bring across the strangeness of the theme. You'll be able to see sculptures of dead animals with strange bone structures, hell-like miniature models, elephants coming out of a kid's stomach and all sorts of macabre imagery and experiments. They remind me of those pictures that appear in the rooms of psychopathic criminals that appear in those crime dramas.

A total of 42 artists contributed to the book. Some of them are Kate MacDowell, Audrey Kawasaki, James Jean, Kris Kuksi, Zhou Fan, Fuco Ueda, Jesse Auersalo, Elizabeth McGrath, John Ryan Solis and Richard Colman.

As the title suggest, this really is an inspiring book for this dark genre of art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William on 27 Jun. 2012
The presentation of the artwork is exceptional and the book itself is physically of a high quality. However I would've liked a lot more information on each of the artists represented, not least a list of any of their own publications or failing that just a list of their websites. How an art book can neglect to provide such information these days is something of a mystery to me.

As it is, it's a nice coffee-table book and not much else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on 14 Jan. 2012
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I've bought this for my sister for Christmas. She's a recent art graduate and absolutely loved it.

I got a sneak peak too after the presents were unwrapped and I was pleasantly surprised. The paper is of really nice quality, and the pictures inside are in quite a variety of styles.If you're looking for some slightly grim but also a bit colourful and psychedelic inspiration for your art this collection will definitely do the job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryph on 20 Jan. 2013
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's subjective.
Personally, I knew from the start there would be pieces in this volume that would not strike a chord with my taste, and some border on revulsion, but that's what art does, provokes a reaction, and revulsion is a striking colour on any palette. There pieces are mixed, from digital to traditional, from drawn to photo manipulated, muted tones and live. Its a great study of the darker sides of symbolism and surrealism mostly, or just plain wierd and wonderful.
The pieces make you think, or at least react in some way.
The only reason I have marked this dark little gem down is that there seems to have been a little issue in the lay out of the print in places. as with some illustrated books, occasionally you will get the wide image that needs to be spread out across two faces and naturally the binding down the middle does marr its beauty. However, in this book, that has not been done simply to a wide image. It ruins one small image placed slap in the middle of the seam, making it hard to see properly, and there are one or two medium images shifted more one way than the other that then causes the seam to be through the focal point of the image, I appreciate the lay out living out its artistic vision, but not at the expence of the art its showcasing.
That, and the fact the print heavy black may have made some pages stick together at the edges in some copies, is the only problem.
Otherwise its a wonderful little trapse through the dhadows.
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