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Sci-Fi Art Now Hardcover – 4 Oct 2010
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This one presents a good selection of varied approaches and subject matter all very well-presented and in full-colour; as is becoming the norm, digital art dominates, though styles vary from comic-book graphics to quite painterly contributions.
A decent collection of work overall; good to look through and inspiring for those with more creative intent.
I can't say I liked all the art. Some styles just didn't do anything for me. But if that wasn't the case, the book wouldn't have done its job properly.
It's well printed, bound and presented, and split into different sections for robots, space travel, war, etc. - that works very well to help bring some sense of order to often disparate styles.
A decent book with some superb art in it. Well worth buying.
Nice book for fans of sci-fi art.
Do not mistake the other book Sci-Fi Art: A Graphic History as being part of the series. The other book covers more on the history of sci-fi art.
This book is published by two publishers, namely Harper Design and Ilex. The prices for the books are different. They have different cover art - Ilex has a flying gorilla and Harper Design has a yellow space alien girl. Both are 128-page hardcover.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
As a artist and lifelong fan of science-fiction, I'd have bought this book whether or not I had any images in it. I have in fact bought a copy in addition to the contributor's copy.
For any fan of science-fiction this is a wonderful book. I was amazed by both the high quality of the book itself, as well as by the high quality of the artwork contained in it. The layout of the book maximises the size of the artwork - this is not a book containing tiny thumbnails.
Artists (traditional or digital) with an interest in science-fiction can get even more out of it - the book is a great source of inspiration. Each piece as accompanied by text which gives an insight into the inspiration behind each or sometimes info describing the process. It's also given me a VERY long list of artist names and their websites that I'll need to check out.
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I bought Adobe CS6, took some art classes, created some stuff using Illustrator and Photoshop, and discovered, creating art is hard work and I’m not very good at it. That makes my appreciation for the art in this book even more heartfelt. These people are talented. I still poke around with Illustrator occasionally, but compared to some of the people I took classes with my stuff looks amateurish.
I’m back to doing what I do best, reading sci-fi and fantasy, and binge watching sci-fi and fantasy TV series.
I haven’t seen any of the movies or TV series from the following book series, but I did read the first books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Twilight, Outlander, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Long Earth, Divergent, etc. I sample a lot of first books, but I don’t read many complete series. (Who has that much time?) The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series by George Martin are a couple of exceptions.
I’ve read both of those series more than once. Both are five star. The first three books in The Song of Ice and Fire series are the best. The Game of Thrones TV series is also five star. The first two Hunger Games movies are five star, but then they got greedy and tried to make two movies out of the Mockingjay book when there was barely enough source material there for one movie. The first two books in The Hunger Games trilogy are better than third book, Mockingjay, and the first two movies, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, are better than the two Mockingjay movies.
Starship Troopers (1959) (not like the movie) by Robert A. Heinlein is the book that got me started in sci-fi adventures, and has remained one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories for decades. The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman, Armor (1984) by John Steakley, Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card and Old Man’s War (2005) by John Scalzi, round out my top five military sci-fi adventure stories.
If you like any of the above you might also like Jack Campbell’s The Lost Fleet series, Taylor Anderson’s Destroyermen series, Andre Norton’s Star Soldiers, Andy Weir’s The Martian, or Frank Herbert’s Dune. Other sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Terry Goodkind, Hugh Howey, Robert Jordan, George Martin, Larry Niven, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson and J.R.R. Tolkien.