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The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo Paperback – 1 Nov 1990

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; New edition edition (Nov. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099916002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099916000
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,468,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
A4 size, slim, PB of Boris Vallejo's fantasy cover paintings for Ballantine books in the 70s. The large scale, glossy, colour plates really reveal just how good the art was. An introduction by SF author Lester Del Rey includes a visual, step-by-step, analysis of Boris' oil painting technique and his use of photographic poses. Fantastic, literally!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who is into fantasy art will love this early volume of Boris Vallejo. 5 Aug. 2013
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a real fan of fantasy art for most of my life. My favorite fantasy artist is the amazing Boris Vallejo. Over the years I have purchased most of his calendars and numerous books with his fantastic art collection. This volume (The Fantastic art of Boris Vallejo) is one of his early fantasy art books. Even though this collection came out more than thirty years ago, the sensual beauty of his paintings truly come to life and reveal what a genius the man is when it comes to this kind of art. Unlike the abstract art which looks like blobs of color on canvas, Boris Vallejo's art shows the dynamic realism in his paintings. He began painting science fiction book covers to make a living and he is one of the most sought after fantasy artists today. This collection consists of the art he has created for various books.

This volume provides a short biography and background of the artist. It also briefly explains his unique method to bring out the life in his paintings. Some of the many painting in this collection include the following: Golden Wings, Blood Red, sister Rose, The High Couch of Silistra, Demon in the Mirror, Nomads of Gore, The Dragon and the George, A guide to Barsoom, The Amazon's Pet, In the Underworld, Gateway, and many other paintings.

In conclusion, if you enjoy fantasy art from a true master of this genre, you will love this early collection by Boris Vallejo.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boris' work is incredible! 11 April 2012
By andre - Published on Amazon.com
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Since 2009 when I entered Art School, I have been searching for early works by Boris Vallejo. His work has defined the Science-Fiction genre in so many ways. I have also tried to emulate his art in my work too. A very tall order, let me tell you! Anyhoo, I came across "The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo" completely by accident. I needed to see his early works to try to see his transition over the years as well as add his work to my collection. I had found more than I could hope for. I would recommend "The Fantastic Art..." to any layman art admirer and collector alike!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boring Boris 20 Jun. 2015
By murderbymedia - Published on Amazon.com
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Yeah, Boris. He's OK I guess. The only reason I bought this is because I used to have this very same book in High School back in the 80's, and the only reason I had it then is because his work kind of reminds me of Frazetta. It does bring Frazetta to mind, only Boris is a little less imaginative and a little more stiff. But hey, it's art and every body has a different opinion about art.
The one I had back in High School was paperback and this one is hardcover, which is a plus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 3 April 2013
By dertydogg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent book!! Great reference and techniques. Boris is a really fantastic artist. I've been an admirer of his work ever since I discovers comics.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Boris Vallejo's Work 25 May 2014
By Hwang - Published on Amazon.com
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The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo comprises a collection of paintings rendered by the master of fantasy art and features a brief description of his history and background, followed by a brief analysis of his techniques.

It incorporates some of his finest paintings gracing the covers of Conan, Monsters Unleashed and Eerie, the best of which features a painting of a gorgeous blonde entitled Primeval Princess executed in 1978 which graces the cover of the book.

Although a fine collection to own, it does not constitute the best collection of his work; a better one being Dreams: The Art of Boris Vallejo.
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