Frank Franzetta's paintings and illustrations have set the standard for fantasy artists for the past 50 years. His art continues to exert a tremendous influence over collectors of classic comic and sci-fi art, who pay record-setting auction prices for his original works. This lushly produced, large-format retrospective follows Frazetta's career from his apprenticeships at various publishers in the 1940s, to his 1950s breakthrough with the Buck Rogers and Lil' Abner series, to his powerfully erotic compositions for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the famous Conan illustrations for Robert E. Howard.
Equally adept with pen and ink, watercolor, pencil, and sculpture, Frazetta has inspired a generation of illustrators, all striving to match the visual vigor of his subjects. Icon follows the creation of dozens of the master's images by reproducing preliminary line drawings and color studies integral to the development of the paintings. Seventy-five finished oil portraits are featured here, along with 34 smaller pieces, all in full color. Beautifully printed on heavy-weight high-gloss paper, this collection allows readers to fully appreciate the rich detail, composition, and brushwork in each work.
Accompanying the illustrations is thorough background text by Hugo Award-winning editor Arnie Fenner, which gives a historical perspective to Frazetta's art, as well as commentary by Frazetta himself on the artistic significance of each of his major paintings. William Stout contributes an insightful article about Frazetta's film work, and artists James Bama and Rick Berry share their appreciation for Frazetta.
|Publisher:||Underwood Books, Inc.|
|Edition description:||1 HARDCOVR|
|Product dimensions:||9.35(w) x 12.37(h) x 0.73(d)|
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Frank Frazetta is a genius who set the standard for modern fantasy illustration. When I say 'modern' I mean for the last few decades. (Of course, there were more than a few great american illustrators in the first half of the 20th century, the most prominent of them the legendary James Allen St. John, who actually devised the look of heroic fantasy as we know it today.) Anyways, Frazetta was and still is the most influental artist in the field, one whose unique style was imitated by generations of artists throughout the world. 'Icon', the largest collection of his art ever assembled in a single volume brings not only his classic images of jungle princesses, luscious femme fatales, mighty warriors, brutal barbarians and strange beasts (often alongside their revised versions, more or less different than those originally published), this beautifully edited monograph as well evokes the spirit of an era in which those artworks were created. Every painting has its story, and by reading notes about them we learn a thing or three about other protagonists of the golden age of american pulp culture. Indeed, there were titans in those days, artists who 'touched people's lives with a stroke of their pen, or flourish of their brush' - as quoted in Frazetta's biography. Taking a look at all these masterpieces, one alongside another, all compiled in one book, one fully realizes the magnitude of Frazetta's impact on contemporary fantasy illustration. His depth of imagination and superb art technique remains unsurpassed all these years.