- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: NBM Publishing Company; 01 edition (30 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561634840
- ISBN-13: 978-1561634842
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 3 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,435,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dark Labyrinth Hardcover – 30 Mar 2007
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Legendary artist, Royo delivers a lush adult fantasy. An artist admirer of a master is fascinated by his increasingly dark visions and seeks to meet him. The trip becomes a voyage into the depths of dreams and nightmares...Royo has long been famed for his astounding fantasy work - in "Dark Labyrinth", it is showcased in all its exotic beauty. Unlike many fantasy artists, Royo relies on suggestion to create the full impact of his art - a delicate wash here, a slight fill there and a line just so to create the starting point of an illusion that the reader completes in his or her mind. The result? An imaginative engagement that gives his work the feeling of something completely realised, dark, luscious and entirely irresistible.
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The old painter's routine, however, is quite confusing. He paints only at night, and in a small room with only moonlight for illumination, a room the apprentice is forbidden to enter. One day, while his teacher is sleeping, he dares to enter the forbidden room, only to find canvases covered completely in black. He begins to touch the painting, sensing something beautiful and terrible beneath the darkness, and soon finds himself drawn into the gothic, exquisite world of the Dark labyrinth.
Well that's the backstory but the real story is 64 pages of Royo's stunning art, all fitting into this theme. The book contains primarily work that was previously unpublished, most of it finished paintings along with a smattering of sketches. Royo's art is horrific and evocative. His beautiful women are sexy yet with an air of danger about them.
"Mother Earth" is one of my favorite paintings in the book. It shows that nature goddess shedding a tear of blood over a desolate landscape. Then there is "The Game of the Mask" featuring a lovely, mask-clad nude in a richly detailed costume, looking like a princess of Hell. "The Counter of Time" depicts an angelic blond maiden wearing a skull headpiece, apparently looking down over the world.
Each page of Dark Labyrinth brings a new shadowy delight to the reader in one of Royo's best collections yet from NBM Publishing. A true spectacle!
Reviewed by Tim Janson
Un bellissimo acquisto!