Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art

The best-selling Spectrum series continues with this twenty-fourth lavishly produced annual. Challenging, controversial, educational, and irreverent, the award-winning Spectrum series reinforces both the importance and prevalence of fantastic art in today's culture. With exceptional images by extraordinary creators, this elegant full-color collection showcases an internati...

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Title:Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
Author:John Fleskes
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Edition Language:English

Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Reviews

  • Kate

    Again a breath of fresh air from the world and its politics with this inclusive art compendium. Seriously the work in these projects blows my mind! Is Paul Sullivan's The Book of Life 2 poster true, or is it a pseudo teaser?! The more I look at Robina Cai's art the more I see my own gestural line work. Scott Gustafson's dogs are hilarious in his rendition of "The Emperor's New Clothes". I saw nods to Omar Rayyan's "Goblin Market" and Frank Who's Mae, Volume One. Both are currently on my bookshel

    Again a breath of fresh air from the world and its politics with this inclusive art compendium. Seriously the work in these projects blows my mind! Is Paul Sullivan's The Book of Life 2 poster true, or is it a pseudo teaser?! The more I look at Robina Cai's art the more I see my own gestural line work. Scott Gustafson's dogs are hilarious in his rendition of "The Emperor's New Clothes". I saw nods to Omar Rayyan's "Goblin Market" and Frank Who's Mae, Volume One. Both are currently on my bookshelf. I saw some artists as well I was more recently introdu ed to like Sean Andrew Murray (Kickstarter going on currently!) and Melissa Ebbe (A favorite from SYFY's Face Off!) Quite a few I'll have to explore more!

  • Dennis Lynch

    More fine art in this annual collection. Every page creates a continuous feeling of “I could have thought of that!”

  • Trike

    Dragons, tigers and fae, oh my!

    Another excellent collection of art, although no single piece blew me away this year. As my opening line said, there are a ton of dragons in this year's selection, probably more of them than any other category of critter. Also tigers, because 2016 was the year of Disney's The Jungle Book, and there were a couple other tigers (as well as one tigerman) scattered throughout. Quite a few fairies, mermaids, dinosaurs and a scattering of polar bears. Probably the second-

    Dragons, tigers and fae, oh my!

    Another excellent collection of art, although no single piece blew me away this year. As my opening line said, there are a ton of dragons in this year's selection, probably more of them than any other category of critter. Also tigers, because 2016 was the year of Disney's The Jungle Book, and there were a couple other tigers (as well as one tigerman) scattered throughout. Quite a few fairies, mermaids, dinosaurs and a scattering of polar bears. Probably the second-most common category represented was demons. Lots of demons.

    Mostly Fantasy works again, but there are a few from the SF side. A few robots, a couple crashed spaceships, and some environmental pieces.

    You can't go wrong with these books because the art is always top-notch, but if you have a particular fondness for dragons, there are plenty of them here.

  • reherrma

    Wie immer ist das jährliche

    ein Highlight des Jahres. Der Bildband mit den besten (was man jedenfalls in den USA davon hält) phantastischen Werken des Jahres 2016, mit Werken von mehr als 300 Künstlern, wurde von John Fleskes wieder opulent gestaltet und stellt die Werke der Künstler auf Hochglanzpapier in hervorragender Weise dar.

    Als Grand Master der

    -Reihe wurde dieses Mal der Comiczeichner Bill Sienkiewicz nominiert.

    Ansonsten ist der Band voll von wunderschönen Gemälden von m

    Wie immer ist das jährliche

    ein Highlight des Jahres. Der Bildband mit den besten (was man jedenfalls in den USA davon hält) phantastischen Werken des Jahres 2016, mit Werken von mehr als 300 Künstlern, wurde von John Fleskes wieder opulent gestaltet und stellt die Werke der Künstler auf Hochglanzpapier in hervorragender Weise dar.

    Als Grand Master der

    -Reihe wurde dieses Mal der Comiczeichner Bill Sienkiewicz nominiert.

    Ansonsten ist der Band voll von wunderschönen Gemälden von meist (mir) unbekannten Künstlern, wenn auch Leute wie Michael Whelan, James Gurney oder Volkan Baga mithelfen, diesen Band zu einem Augenschmaus gemacht haben.

    Dass vom Auswahlkomitee um John Fleskes keine deutschen Künstler nominiert wurden, gibt zu denken, denn von den beiden Vorgänger-Herausgebern wurden Leute wie Thomas Thiemeyer oder Ralph Voltz immer wieder gebracht...

  • Pearse Anderson

    This was what I wanted, in a way: 2017 in speculative art, especially a variety of concepts and styles. Some pieces of this book didn't click: the introductions and recognition that diversity should be supported without any specifics about how Spectrum is doing to better the culture or prize or general industry, which is worrisome especially for a book that seems quite white (in the characters depicted, I mean). A bunch of these were photos I expected: knight fighting a dragon, woman draped in f

    This was what I wanted, in a way: 2017 in speculative art, especially a variety of concepts and styles. Some pieces of this book didn't click: the introductions and recognition that diversity should be supported without any specifics about how Spectrum is doing to better the culture or prize or general industry, which is worrisome especially for a book that seems quite white (in the characters depicted, I mean). A bunch of these were photos I expected: knight fighting a dragon, woman draped in furs and dyed silks against a pyramid or something, etc.. But others were WOW! Really interesting character design and use of scale in buildings. So, uh, 7/10 I guess, overall fine.

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