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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Showcase of amazing pencil work, 13 Aug 2009
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This is my first Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell art book. They have published many art books so I can't confirm if there are any duplication here. It says in the product description "The Ultimate Illustrations presents the first collection of their sketches in over 15 year and features 100 previously unpublished illustrations."

Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell are famous for their erotic fantasy portraits. The Ultimate Illustrations collects pencil drawings of (perfect) women, men and beasts. This includes drawings for various product merchandise but they didn't show the actual product with the artwork.

Many of the portraits are really classic anatomy drawings. They are categorised as fantasy art simply because of the fantasy elements added, like clothes and ornaments. The form, highlights and shadows are rendered beautifully. This book is a showcase of some pretty amazing technical pencil work.

Each chapter opens to a story of their career. You'll read about their training, bodybuilding background, how they create art, thoughts on art or even how men and women think about their butts (artistically speaking). All are very interesting and filled with meaningful quotes.

Additionally, all the drawings are captioned on the origin and concept. There are many interesting stories on the commissioned pieces such as a piece commissioned by a private collector who found himself in the position of raising his grandson by himself. It shows him holding a chubby baby on his muscular left arm, with a sword in the right. It looks funny and fun.

This book is for those who like figure drawing and fantasy art.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 22 Jan 2010
This review is from: Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell: The Ultimate Illustrations (Hardcover)
I am always blown away by boris and julie's artwork and this book is no exception, the only critisism I have is that alot of pictures are duplicated in several of their books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Boris & Julie fans., 25 Jun 2011
This is a collection of brilliant black and white pencil sketches. Some roughs and others finished. Fans of Boris and Julie will know what to expect, but for those who don't, the artwork is hyper real figures, depicted with beautiful shades of light and shadow. Boris and Julie capture a richer look than other artists working in the "realist" field. They have an unusual luminous look to their work that brings it out from the field. They are two of the best known artists today for a good and deserved reason. Having been a fan for 20 odd years now what I particularly like about this book is that they explain the techniques they use to acheive the look and finish of their pencil work. This proved very helpful to me.
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