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Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art: No. 10 (Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art) (Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art (Paperback)) Paperback – 12 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books Inc (12 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887424725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887424721
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A full-color presentation of the current state of the art--charming, sublime, exotic, horrific."

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop Dead Gorgeous! 15 April 2004
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Sci-Fi and Fantasy artists have always seemed like illustration's poor step-children, often ignored (and sometimes sneered at) while the historical and Western painters wore the mantel of respectability. Thank goodness Spectrum came along to point out to the naysayers that Art is Art and that the practitioners of "fantastic" art are as gifted as anyone working today (if not better).
Spectrum 10 is chocked-full of beautiful and imaginative work by veterans and fresh faces alike. Personal favorites include the previously unpublished gallery paintings by jillion-times-Hugo-winner Michael Whelan, the Expressionist-flavored space ships by John Berkey, the monsterously proportioned toy robots by Eric Joyner, and the fantasy scenarios of Paul Bonner. There's art for films, paintings for books, sculptures (which I personally enjoy seeing), and work from comics; serious, mature pieces followed by wonderfully whacky and whimisical images. There's really something for everyone. It's fun to go through the book and compare the judges' selection of award-winners in each category with what *I* think should have won.
And thank goodness someone has finally acknowledged Michael Kaluta (#10's Grand Master Award recipient) as one of the most worthwhile illustrators working today. Kudos to the Spectrum Board!
About the only downsides are the occasional typos and several pages with cramped lay-outs, but all-in-all a must-have book for anyone with an imagination--and at a bargain price at that!
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas and don't know what to get your son/daughter? ... 26 July 2014
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Christmas and don't know what to get your son/daughter? get them one of these Spectrum books. If they Ooo and Ahh over it- you've got yourself a steady birthday/Christmas gift plan for the next 15 years. Just buy one every year.
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectrum 10 11 Sept. 2013
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All of the Spectrum books are great, #10 included. The printing quality is excellent and the art is always stunning. I have two complaints about the Spectrum series in general. Many of the pictures are printed too small. I would prefer the pictures printed full page and would settle for less art instead. The other complaint - and this is minor, is that many of the same artists appear year after year. Makes me wonder if the judges are too partial.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book for my collection 24 Mar. 2013
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Spectrum has never disappointed. here Cathy and Arnie deliver another great book. although a few of the images within the book were lo-res, or printed terribly it's still a great addition to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectrum of contemporary figurative fantastic art 30 April 2008
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The Spectrum series is a collection of contemporary and fantastic art illustrations. I recommend it to anyone looking for discovering interesting work and contemporary artists. The work ranges from cover illustrations, paintings, sculptures to some toys, action figures and graphic novel work. The selection is usually very well done. I think the sculpture section is not as good as the graphic and painting area.

It is interesting to notice in the volume 10 the diversity of techniques presented. There are some pure digital art, but most of it is made of traditional media, or a mix with digital tools and some other technique. I imagine that the next volumes will gradually include some more digital art. From this series I ended up finding some artists I looked for entire work monographs like the sci-fi ilustrator Stephan Martinieri.
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