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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (23 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845767055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845767051
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 2.3 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A graduate of Harrow School of Art, over the last 25+ years Paul Bonner has produced work for all the big names in fantasy role playing: Games Workshop, Mutant Chronicles, Fasa, Riot Minds and Rackham, as well as winning numerous awards for his vivid photo-real fantasy artwork."


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 3 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
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Paul Bonner is one of the finest fantasy illustrator around. This book is a collection of over 150 paintings he has created for many big name clients, namely Games Workshop, Mutant Chronicles, Fasa, Riot Minds and Rackham.

I love his style of mixing stylized creatures, extreme details and a little quirkiness into all his paintings. Imagine a desperate monster holding a human hostage, or maybe an orc wearing the head of a mammoth as helmet. The details in the design of characters, costumes and background makes everything looks so believable.

Although his paintings capture a frame in fantasy time, I always imagine what would happen in the next frame, to learn more about the story of that world. The composition is wonderful, always framing the scene when the characters are suspended in action.

And all these paintings are done on traditional medium. There are a few photos of his workplace at the back.

Throughout the book, there are writeup from people he has worked with. He also talks about his college days, his travels in Europe and his creative process.

If you're interested in fantasy art with lots of orcs, dragons, warriors, intricate armour design and dinosaurs, this book is for you. Oh, there are no elves, but there are a few human character designs as well.

The book is printed in low gloss high art quality paper.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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My first contact with Paul Bonner's art took place about 15-20 years ago, when I used to play Doomtrooper card game and Warzone, tabletop miniature wargame. Both of them were based on the Mutant Chronicles universe and were illustrated by Paul Bonner. Back then I could stare almost for hours at all his (painted!) illustration. Well, maybe I exaggerated a bit but I loved every single one and I am a great fan of his style.
When I spotted this book on Amazon, I could not resist it and bough it straight away!
The book is a hardcover and it is printed on high quality paper.
It is 176 pages long and it comes with over 150 paintings.
We have colour ones, as well as sketches, a big collection created by Paul over 25+ years.
Must have for all Paul Bonner's fans!
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This is what every Art of... book should aspire to. The production and quality of reproduction is by far the best I've come across. Paul Bonner's work is awe inspiring and whether you find all his paintings exactly to your taste (and I have to admit, not all of them do it for me) you've got to hand it to the guy; he can paint amazing pictures. The text is enlightening and not a little humourous and gives a good insight. into the way he works
Deserves to be up there with Lee and Howe as a great traditional (as opposed to Photoshop/Painter MCXXIV) fantasy artist. Buy it.
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Thanks for the kind comments folks....and just so you know the book is being re-printed, and a second edition should be out very soon. Hopefully May/June.
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If you are familiar with Games Workshop then the chances are that you have seen some of Paul Bonner's work. Although you'd need to go back a few years (White Dwarf magazine) to see much more. This book has many of his paintings and ink works from his time there as well as from other commission works. His characterizations are great at bringing the pieces to life and have a very apparent injection of humour(see the black and white ork drawings). If you like your creatures you'll like this.
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Great art book of this incredible fantasy artist. It was printed in 2007 and you can see the influence of Paul Bonner's work in a lot of movies and games since then. His style is more in the dwarf, goblin, Lord of the Rings territory with compositions packed with amazing detail. The printing quality and production of the book is excellent.
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A stunning collection of artwork by one of the greatest individual talents of modern fantasy art. Paul Bonner's work stands as a unique style that mixes elements of classic watercolour art, beautiful rendering, masterful characterisation, composition and storytelling with a warmth and humour rarely seen in the field. If you are a fan of Brian Froud, Arthur Rackham, mythology, or just beautiful art I urge you to get this book. With the typically high production values one associates with Titan Books these images are shown at their very best.
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By Friarofdoom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2008
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Opening this book is like pulling up a chair at the mad hatters tea party. You never know what inspired madness awaits around the corner but you are sure of being entertained.
This excellent collection of Bonner's work is a great introduction. Some of his finest work is here & it's all beautifully printed. If you are a fan of sci-fi/ fantasy art then you need to take a look.
Many pieces are serious & thought provoking but for my money it's the eye kidnapping lunacy of his ogres, orcs, dwarves & wolves that really elevate his work. Wielding unfeasably large weapons, teeth gritted & muscles bulging we are presented with armies going at it hammer & tong, a myriad of fantasy creatures of all shapes & sizes trudging through snow, water & forests to get at each other. Doomed heroes defiant to the last as they face insurmountable odds, monsters the size of houses swinging axes and wizards being sneaked up upon by huge stealthy dragons.
This is great fun & superbly painted at the same time.
Each time I open the book there is something I missed. The attention to detail is staggering.
An excellent book of a truly original artist that really shouldn't be missed. Highly recommended.
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