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Overspray: Riding High with the Kings of California Airbrush Art [Hardcover]

Dan Nadel Norman Hathaway
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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: PICTUREBOX INC. (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979415306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979415302
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 24.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overspray Edited by Norman Hathaway, Dan Nadel. Text by Mike Salisbury.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brushed smooth 1 Dec 2008
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
If you looked at print consumer culture in the Seventies and Eighties you must have seen some of the wonderful airbrush art in these pages. These guys (Dave Willardson, Charlie White III, Peter Lloyd and Peter Palombi) were everywhere back then. Dozens of LPs, greeting cards, movie posters, magazine covers and especially inside pages sort of saturated the market with airbrush art. As Mike Salisbury says in his essay (while on LA West magazine) the text to an article was secondary to the airbrush illustrations.

The book's seventy-two main images are most likely the best of what the four produced from the mid-sixties to the start of the eighties. My favorite was Charlie White III, I always liked the background textures he created in so many works and his masterpiece was probably the poster he did for the Screaming Yellow Zonkers (I've got a copy somewhere, but it's still unframed) partly inspired by a Maxfield Parrish mural he saw in a New York hotel. Peter Palombi got inspiration from JC Leyendecker. Other artists mentioned by the four include Bob Peak, Doug Johnson, Bernie Fuchs, Milton Glaser and Bob Grossman (who also did airbrush work).

Airbrush art requires exacting initial draftsmanship and I thought it was rather unfortunate that missing from the book are any examples of roughs that show the preliminary work to these paintings though the front and back of the book cover does have part of a Palombi drawing for an Eddie Harris LP. Each colour requires a mask to cover everything else and looking at these paintings you'll just have to wonder at the intricate shapes that were cut out and the patience involved.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word: WOW! 2 Dec 2008
By B. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Never knew airbrush art could be so beautiful! Actually, never knew much about airbrush art at all! This book really opened my eyes, and the accompanying blog ([...]) that shows how some of the work was restored is amazing... The Hall & Oates album cover really blew my mind! If you have any interest in art, design or record covers, this book is definitely worth checking out!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brushed smooth 1 Dec 2008
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you looked at print consumer culture in the Seventies and Eighties you must have seen some of the wonderful airbrush art in these pages. These guys (Dave Willardson, Charlie White III, Peter Lloyd and Peter Palombi) were everywhere back then. Dozens of LPs, greeting cards, movie posters, magazine covers and especially inside pages sort of saturated the market with airbrush art. As Mike Salisbury says in his essay (while he was Art Director of West magazine) the text of an article became secondary to the airbrush illustrations.

The book's seventy-two main images are most likely the best of what the four produced from the mid-sixties to the start of the eighties. My favorite was Charlie White III. I always liked the background textures he created in many of his works and his masterpiece was probably the poster he did for the Screaming Yellow Zonkers (I've got a copy somewhere, but it's still unframed) partly inspired by a Maxfield Parrish mural he saw in a New York hotel. Peter Palombi got inspiration from JC Leyendecker; other artists mentioned by the four include Bob Peak, Doug Johnson, Bernie Fuchs, Milton Glaser and Bob Grossman (who also did airbrush work).

Airbrush art requires exacting initial draftsmanship and I thought it was rather unfortunate that missing from the book are any examples of roughs that would show the preliminary work to these paintings though the front and back of the book cover does have part of a Palombi drawing for an Eddie Harris LP. Each color requires a mask to cover everything else and looking at these paintings you'll just have to wonder at the intricate shapes that were cut out and the patience involved.

The book is in an almost square format, printed on gloss paper with a 200 screen, with each artist's portfolio printed on black or nearly black pages (which will show up finger marks). The book is, though, rather over designed, I thought. The seventeen page essay by Mike Salisbury is set in an italic script and printed in orange type, while the interviews with the four artists are printed in grey type making it difficult to read but perhaps the most annoying thing are the thumbnail pictures on these text pages. There is plenty of page space throughout and it wouldn't have spoilt the presentation to make these pictures a reasonable size; captions might have helped the reader, too. There are no page numbers on the left-hand pages and on the right the number is spelt out. All these visual elements are no more than designer whimsy to my mind and rather spoil the overall feel of the book, so four stars.

Overspray is an interesting look at the LA commercial art market at a time when airbrush was king, though by focusing on just four key artists it leaves out plenty of others. A book I've always enjoyed is Air Powered which covers the history of the machine and has portfolios for ten main artists (including the Overspray four) and seventeen others plus chapters relating other types of airbrush art. It's a 224-page coffee-table book which can be bought quite cheaply on the net if you look around.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overspray 2? 2 Dec 2008
By Monkeyfu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book.
A timely visual celebration of airbrush mastery from a bygone era.
So nice to see all the greatest hits in 1 place.

I love the alternate covers, especially the Palombi 'This is why you're overweight' version. And let's not forget about the delicate blending of the caption art titles.
Crazy, sexy, cool.

Only thing that seems to be missing is Overspray 2
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very awesome indeed 2 Dec 2008
By Jason Eng - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I didn't realize how complicated, intriguing and amazing air brush art could be!

I just thought it would all be like those airbrushed t-shirts you get at Six Flags or something; crazy neon sunsets with black silhouette palm trees.

This book shows that air brush art is infinitely more interesting than that! It's a real art form!

Great artist bios and content, too. I approve!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interview with Peter Lloyd, among others 28 Feb 2011
By olsenart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The illustrator who taught me everything I know about the airbrush and illustration techniques is featured in this book...Peter Lloyd, my dear friend, who sadly died last year. Peter's brother told me about the book and I ordered it from the States (I live in England now) and it's a beauty.
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