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Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art (Spectrum #19)

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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 international cadre of creators working in every style and medium, both traditional and digital. The b ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Underwood Books (first published November 13th 2012)
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Trike
Jan 25, 2013 Trike rated it really liked it
The Spectrum series has long been a favorite of mine. I have them all -- well, had them all, as the movers lost some about a decade ago -- and every year there is amazing artwork to be found inside.

James Gurney was chosen as this year's Grand Master, a long-overdue award. He's most famous for Dinotopia, but he's also done a ton of work for National Geographic and the like. Coincidentally, I had just read his excellent book Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist, so I'm having a Jam
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Reinhold
Nov 19, 2016 Reinhold rated it really liked it
Der jährlich erscheinende Bildband der SPECTRUM-Reihe ist inzwischen eine Institution, auch bei mir. Der 19. Band wurde noch von den Fenners herausgegeben und ist in der gewohnt herausragenden Weise gestaltet. Es sollten die besten visuellen Arbeiten des Jahres im Phantastik-Genre gewürdigt werden, wie immer wird ein Künstler mit dem Grand Master Award für sein Lebenswerg gewürdigt, hier ist es James Gurney, dessen schöne Bilder uns schon bei Dinotopia beeindruckt haben.
Der einzige Nachteil dies
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Jim Fallone
Mar 25, 2013 Jim Fallone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long before I knew the folks at Spectrum I had made it a regular part of my library. A comprehensive survey of the best in contemporary fantastic art each annual provides a wealth of inspiration both for the artist and the writer. Each page is a doorway to universes of imagination and it is hard not to get caught up in an image transfixed in a daydream of dragons, spaceships, and heroes. Fantastic Art is a genre that does not get much critical attention because of its connection of the popular c ...more
Mark Cheverton
Jul 06, 2013 Mark Cheverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
I love the Spectrum books. Basically a huge book of page after page of gorgeous fantastic art. Spectrum 19 is up to the usual high standard and covers a full range from published work to unpublished, comics to sculpture. I think I marginally prefer Spectrum 18 for its art, but this is a personal preference, and there will be work in here for most tastes.
Mitchell
Mar 31, 2014 Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Spectacular as always. And yet only a few pieces of art that make me want to take the book apart and frame it for the wall. Which I'd never do. The books also has just a great feel to it as well. I wish they weren't so expensive and yet in hand it definitely feels worthwhile.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 24, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
If you love fantasy and SiFi art of any type; paintings, drawings, sculpture, cartoons then this is the book for you. Fantastic selection of the years art. You can't help but find something you like inside. Highly recommended
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Aug 30, 2016 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it really liked it
Another really good read, with some good art pictures. Fantasy kind of art. Also dragons. Love me some dragons. The art style is really creative, weird at times but really interesting.
James Eckman
Fun SF and fantasy art, mostly commercial but some unpublished. There are a few gems in here.
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