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Spectrum 12: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art (Spectrum #12)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  272 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The increasing popularity of fantasy and science fiction themes in art is celebrated in the annual Spectrum series. The premier venue for such art, each lavishly illustrated volume is an invaluable resource, eagerly awaited by art directors, illustrators, and readers alike. Drawn from books, comics, magazines, art galleries, advertisements, and portfolios, the collection r ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 27th 2005 by Underwood Books (first published September 15th 2005)
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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
Serge Pierro
Dec 21, 2012 Serge Pierro rated it liked it
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Although the quality of the artwork is technically quite high in this volume, there also lacks a certain sense of originality. Painters such as Brom and Royo stand out with their unique styles, as do line artists such as Vess and Kaluta, but the majority don't seem to bring anything new to the table.
Paul
Aug 13, 2015 Paul rated it liked it
Went through this contemporary fantastic art book at the library today. Wrote down probably 75 works of art from this Spectrum edition from 2004. Will be going through the art more so in the future. I was most impressed with the Todd Lockwood pieces.
Briana
Oct 01, 2011 Briana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy/SF art lovers.
Recommended to Briana by: Secretmarsgirl
Part of me wants to give this book 2 stars. But the nice part of me wants to give it 3 stars. It is a great book filled with wonderful pieces. I just did not like as many of the works as I thought I would. Luis Royo is my favorite artist featured.
Jeremy
Dec 23, 2007 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Silly to try and rate one Spectrum book higher than another, but this one, for some reason, stands out. Granted, I don't have #13 yet. Picked this one up for my good ol friend Sly.
Eric
May 30, 2008 Eric rated it it was ok
"art coffee table book...thats it"

love much of the art pieces in here, but doesn't function more than a nice fantasy art coffee table book
Carly Johnson
Aug 05, 2011 Carly Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely incredible compilation of fantasy artists! Produced yearly (every November).
Laura
Jan 04, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
A lot of dark work here -- both in color and message/image
brian tanabe
Sep 29, 2007 brian tanabe rated it really liked it
This is the best periodical on fantasy art.
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