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Fairies [Hardcover]

Yoshitaka Amano
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27 Jun 2006
Yoshitaka Amano's lush ethereal paintings of magical creatures, spirits, goblins and apparitions have been praised and admired all over the world. In Fairies, he turns his considerable talent to capturing in breathtaking images characters from such beloved stories as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the wizard Merlin and his muse the intoxicating Nimue, mermaids of the deep as well as his interpretation of fairies from Celtic and Japanese mythology.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; 1st DH Press Ed edition (27 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595820620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595820624
  • Product Dimensions: 29.9 x 21.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 22 Mar 2012
By Rose
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This is a wonderful collection of some of Yoshitaka Amano's work. It is completely worth the money, and the printed images are of the highest quality. Highly recomended =]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book - Recommended for any book lover 10 Jan 2011
This book is beautifull, full of lovely paintings and drawings by this wonderful artist, it is a great coffee table book as well as being interesting for inspiration for any person into arts and crafts - the colours are wonderful and its a really lovely piece of art in itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Ethereal World of Amano's Fairies 14 Feb 2008
By Kort - Published on Amazon.com
Fairies provides us with another offering from the renowned Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano (of Vampire Hunter D fame). The book is packed with full color portraits of fae folk. The title Fairies is deceiving in that it is not exclusively fairy; rather Amano covers a spectrum of magical creatures primarily from folklore of the British Isles. Some familiar creatures include pixies, leprechaun, goblins, mermaid, Merlin and Nimue. Each creature is given a descriptive phrase declaring its attribute. For example, Brownies are considered "The Hardworking Fairies" while changelings are labeled "Kidnapping Fairies." One might compare it to books by Brian Froud, yet it is its own creature (pun intended).

This tome spares no production expense. There are several full page spreads along with a handsome 4-panel pullout illustration. Black and white spot illustrations are incorporated throughout the book. This is a quality fine art book with a sturdy binding and coated pages. It feels good to the touch and it effectively delivers the reader to a place of magic and otherworldliness.

One thing to note -- this is not necessarily the best book for those studying fairy lore -- rather it is a book to add to your collection if you're a fan of Yoshitaka Amano's artwork. And even if you're not, the versatility of his unique vision makes this book a feast for the eyes. Some highlights include a portrait of the Swan Maiden (with obvious influences from Gustav Klimt), a stunning chapter dealing with A Midsummer's Night's Dream, and a striking rendition of Merlin from the Legend of King Arthur.

Newcomers to Amano's work might better start with Worlds Of Amano or Amano: The Complete Prints, but if you love them, this book will soon be added to your collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 21 Feb 2013
By KB - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is absolutely beautiful. If you like the work of Yoshitaka Amano, you will love it. The images are captivating. I bought it as a gift, but wanted to keep it myself once I saw it in person!
4.0 out of 5 stars full of colorful and ethereal illustrations of fairies 26 Jun 2014
By Fantasy's Ink - Published on Amazon.com
Amano is one of my favourite artists and I really enjoy mythology and folklore and fantastical things so I ended up buying Fairies.

The cover art of a swan maiden is one of my favourite of the illustrations from the book. It's painted with golds which is a little different from Amano's usual paintings. If you take off the dust jacket, there are also illustrations on the front and the back. I love it when books have these little surprises when you take off dust jackets.

The book is divided into 25 sections, each one containing information about a fairy in a form of a story or a poem and an illustration by Amano.

I didn't expect to enjoy the stories and poems about the fairies, but they were fun to read and I learned quite a bit about different kind of fairies, ones I've never heard of like Habetrot and Ainsel and common ones I have heard of like Goblins and Pixies. Besides the first section, A Midsummer Night's Dream (which has a bunch of text from Shakespeare's play and Amano's illustrations of it), the other sections consist of two pages of a story or poem about a fairy and an illustration of it.

It also has a pull-out poster.

As for the illustrations themselves, they're some of my favourites of Amano's work. They're very colorful, dream-like, ethereal and they feel like they can flutter out of the pages at any moment. Amano's unique style definitely brings something different to the many paintings and illustrations of fairies.

From the looks of the illustrations, they seem to have been painted from different points of Amano's career. So you have some really wonderful ones like the swan maiden and some very unpolished looking ones. Though I'd say most of the illustrations were really good, there was this one really hideous illustration.

Some pages also have these neat doodles on the side.

At the end of the book, there's an essay titled: The Celtic Fairies, Changes of Figures in Japan. It talks about the origin of fairies and its place in Japanese mythology. It was an interesting read, one thing that I really liked was that the word fairy is apparently derived from the Latin fatum, or fate.

Overall, Fairies is an artbook full of colorful and ethereal illustrations of fairies. I would recommend this to any Amano fan. The illustrations are also slightly different than his usual ones as they're less inky and more colorful but as always very fantastical. For anyone that loves fairies, mythology, or folklore, I also definitely recommend this as it has a lot interesting stories about different types of fairies and some gorgeous illustrations of them!
5.0 out of 5 stars Momento 24 Mar 2014
By Echo - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful book to keep & cherish for our daughter but also to show grown ups as well. An amazing artist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave as a gift 11 Feb 2014
By Lady Lin - Published on Amazon.com
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Gave this book as a gift. She loved it! Hasn't put it down. Has inspired her to draw more. Nice.
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