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Spectrum: No. 7: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art (Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art) Paperback – 28 Sep 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books Inc (28 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887424555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887424554
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,483,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Each year's volume is better than the previous. Highly recommended!" - Locus"

About the Author

Arnie Fenner is art director for Andrews & McMeel Publishing. Cathy Fenner is a graphic designer for Hallmark Cards. Winners of the prestigious Locus and Hugo awards for book design, they live in Overlook Park, Kansas.

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Packed with representative works of more than 200 fantasy and science fiction artists, Spectrum 7 is the best yet in a series that just goes from strength to strength. There's a excellent, but frustratingly brief, review of the work of Alan Lee, and a lively review of the fantasy art scene through 1999. But the real treat, as always, is the almost two hundred pages of beautifully, lavishly, reproduced contemporary art, each with details of the artist and work. The jury selecting the pictures have managed to sort the froth (of which there was far too much in 1999) from the firm and have proved the old adage that quality ultimately shows. From Rafal Olbinski to Michael Kaluta, from Oscar Chichoni to Peter deServe. It's all there, including a small but perfectly formed treasure trove of previously unpublished. Some new and otherwise under-exposed artists are also represented. This is a real must for all lovers of fantasy and science fiction art.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99b06e7c) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99cbc3c0) out of 5 stars Great inspirations..... 8 Jun. 2001
By Collin M. David - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love the Spectrum series, and this one fits in with the rest of them perfectly. While much of the art is truly innovative and skilled, there are always a good number of pieces that slip by the judges as 'quality' and make it into the book, making it disappointing at times. Next to the well-chosen genius of Dave McKean, Phile Hale, Tony DiTerlizzi and the like, we are oppositely bombarded with the cliches that make fantasy art laughable - large chested, scantily clad women done without skill or grace. I mean, what's up with the devil-chick on page 74? More and more quick photoshop 'works' are worming their way into the competition, making the painter obsolete and reducing the real intellectual thought, whimsy and quality of this series.
I'll collect 'em anyhow. It's an amazing source of inspiration for the aspiring fantasy illustrator. If not from the great works, the poor works, at which one can say 'I can do better than that, ...!' [and then try their hand at it]
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a20287c) out of 5 stars Spectrum Does it Again 13 Oct. 2000
By Dustin Van Wechel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For anyone who enjoys art of the fantastic or sci-fi, the Spectrum series has become the definitive source for the years best in these fields.
And Spectrum 7 is no disappointment. In fact, from my own perspective, this years Spectrum is superior to the last three years' editions. It provides some of the most imaginative and perfectly executed works of wonder I have had the pleasure of viewing in a VERY long time. Well, since last years Spectrum. Works by Palencar, Hale, Jusko, Brom and many, many other "new" artists are absolutely beautiful.
I just want to thank Arnie and Kathy Fenner for bringing these books to the fantasy & and sci-fi loving public. Please keep them coming!
And with a little luck, some of my work will be shown in next years annual. We'll see...
HASH(0x9a646a44) out of 5 stars Spectrum 7 6 Aug. 2013
By Philip F. Gelato - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This volume is one of the better in the anual series. The printing is excellent and the art outstanding (if you like fantasy art). My only complaint with these books is that many of the pictures are small and hard to see the detail. It would be nice if the publisher would print less material, but make all illustrations full page. I found that good copies can be purchased used.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99f86c48) out of 5 stars The State of the Art 9 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Perhaps the nicest thing about the Spectrum series is that each installment seems to be better than the last. #7 is no exception. Featuring a wonderful array of art that engages and challenges the imagination, this is the one place that I'm sure to find selections by old favorites and meet exciting new talent. This year I was blown away by the art of Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, Phil Hale, Kent Williams, Brom, and Kinuko Craft. And that's just for starters! Peter Max and "Bladerunner" artist Syd Mead are even featured in Spectrum's nearly 200 color pages (not the 144 in the listing). Rounding out the book is the "Year In Review" column which annually sets me hunting for interesting art items I've missed. Really a tip-top book, from beginning to end.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a05bcb4) out of 5 stars A wonderful fantasy art book. 18 Jan. 2001
By Jerry Dean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As of this book I will now start to buy more art books.
I've always had an interest in art books but have never convinced myself to buy one because I couldn't justify buying a book just to look at pictures. That attitude now changes as some of the paintings in this book can keep my looking at them for a significant length of time.
Actually taking the time to look at a good artbook is just as rewarding as reading. From this year on I will by the "Spectrum" books as they come out.
A fabulous book!
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