Sirens Paperback – 23 Oct 2009
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"Chris Achilleos ranks with Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo as one of the best-known fantasy artists in the world." --hollywoodcomics.com
About the Author
Chris Achilleos was born in Cyprus in 1947. In 1960, he moved to London where, after graduating art college, he began illustrating book covers and pin-ups. His subsequent career includes work on a variety of book covers, most notably Doctor Who and Star Trek, role-playing games, erotic pin-ups and movie posters. He is one of the premier science fiction/fantasy artists in the world.
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This book actually shows he *has* evolved from his earlier works and become even more accomplished, as well as showing and describing his techniques and approach (though not in detail). He freely 'admits' he works from photographs, though he montages many images to get the composition he desires rather than simply copying and that his technique is different to many others in his field. To me, however, this makes him stand out as an individual talent not one who doesn't match up to other different styles.
This book is full of fantastic artwork, in my opinion most of which is of a higher calibre than his previous work in 'Beauty and the Beast' and even 'Medusa'. His style remains unique however and though it doesn't always lend itself to an emotional impact or communication it perfectly portrays the aloof tendencies of his subjects ... and the cover illustration certainly proves that he can portray emotion when appropriate!
All in all an excellent addition to the bookshelf of any collector of top class fantasy art in all its forms.
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It's wonderful and varied work, including Star Trek, Dr. Who, Bladerunner, and other well-known cultural icons. The best work melds Achilleos's strong pinup style with fantasy and science fiction elements, in varying proportions. I was especially interested in Achilleos's notes on technique. He trained as a commercial illustrator with deadlines to meet, so feels free to use anything that does the job and does it on time: gouache, oils, airbrush, ink, even fabric dye. Well, a picture done for reproduction has different goals that one meant as an end product in itself - if it looks good in print, it must have been right.
Although Achilleos might not be well known to most people, he commands respect within the world of fantasy imagery. A glowing intro by Ray Harryhausen compares Achilleos to Boris and Frazetta - I might not elevate Achilleos to those ranks, but his art is easy to enjoy anyway. This book fits comfortably into any collection of fantasy art.
This book is a huge collection, most of beautiful women, and its their costumes and surroundings that make them exotic. Achilleos is one of those kind and fatastic people who inspire other people do follow up with their art. I have written him a fan letter and he personally wrote back. It makes it so much more wonderful to appreciate his art when he is so warm and gracious.
This album covers many genres and interests. There are dragons, warriors, horses, mermaids, zombies, superheros, lizards, animals, robots, evil creatures and just about everything else you can think of, captured on a glossy page.
This book gives me tons of pleasure simply by sitting on my shelf. I know I have a piece of his art, and at hands reach I am transported to his insanely beautiful world.
Tremendous collectible for ANYONE!
If you want insight into Mr Achilleos, there is insight. If you want to see the beautiful pieces of work that his pencil, pen and brush have created, there is that too. Many pieces stand out as you peruse the high quality production. This book highlights his science fiction/fantasy pieces with particular focus on Dr Who, and his Star Trek renditions (for me at least). There are many excellent Viking pieces too for the Norse art lover in all of us. He really shines, where his sister states he could not draw well at all, in his renditions of female figures. Boadicia adorns the cover spectacularly, while Elric completes the dust jacket. Inside, his commission pieces depict stunningly beautiful women in a variety of genres. Two of his pieces top my list as favourites, Miss America, and Cheyenne. Just so we are clear, the rest of the book is packed with amazing art no matter where you look.
Chapterwise, the book covers the following: A Biographical Introduction, Dr Who and Star Trek, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Amazons, film work, fighting fantasy and pin ups. The text by Nigel Suckling is intriguing, like a tour guide taking you through a montage of Achilleos artwork. Just to nitpick a little, Startrek, should be Star Trek.
Wander a while through the Imaginative worlds of Chris Achilleos, and marvel at the 2nd edition of Titan Books landmark presentation. Hold your applause.
As the title suggests, Sirens includes many examples of Achilleos' ladies, including Miss America, Birth of a Vampire, and the warrior-queen Boadicea. It was Achilleos' who provided the legendary painting of Taarna for the animated film, Heavy Metal. He also did posters for Grease Two, Supergirl, and Blade Runner. He also is a noted pin-up artist and many examples of his sexy and erotic art are included as well.
I always like when an art collection book provides the medium in which the artist worked for each piece of art included and thankfully, Titan doesn't disappoint with details provided for each illustration. About the only negative I can find is that it would have been nice to include some revised and current info rather than a straight re-printing of Sirens, but it's still a great collection and great to have in print again.
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