Rough Work: Concept Art, Doodles, and Sketchbook Drawings (Anglais) Relié – 28 septembre 2007
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Now even if you've seen every piece of published art that Frazetta has ever done, you've never see the pieces that are contained in the pages of "Rough Work" published by Spectrum Presents. This book lifts the veil on Frazetta's work and shows how even the legendary master didn't just sit down at an easel and create his well-known fantasy masterpieces...it took many hours and practice tries to reach the final product and that's what you get to see in Rough Work. You get the unique opportunity to see the art BEFORE the final, published product. The sketches, the concept drawings, the preliminary and un-revised paintings as Frazetta carefully perfected each piece. Despite approaching his 80th birthday and retraining himself to draw and paint left-handed after his right side was partially paralyzed, Frazetta continues to turn out wonderful art.
As you browse through Rough Work, you'll see paintings that you know very well but you'll also be seeing them for the first time. You'll see Franks pencil sketch for "Back to the Stone Age" for the cover of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book that includes his hand-written notes. One of Frazetta's most famous Eerie magazine covers was the Egyptian Queen from issue #23. If you can, Google the cover and compare the preliminary painting in Rough Work, to the finished product. It's really amazing how much detail was put into the concept painting although it pales before the completed work. The basics are there but you'll note how Frazetta would add the subtle effects of lighting and shading to make this a true classic cover. This is a treasure trove of work that collectors would probably give anything to get their hands on...I mean imagine owning the rough to the cover of the great Karl Edward Wagner fantasy novel "Bloodstone" depicting his anti-hero Kane.
All of the great characters that Frazetta worked on over the years are covered in Rough Work including Conan, Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, Thongor, Kane, and even Battlestar Galactica. The work is presented in a variety of styles from rough pencil sketches, to watercolors, pen and ink, and oils. This is truly a whole new way to appreciate the art of Frank Frazetta
REVIEWED BY TIM JANSON
Frank was the one artist who was able to really pull me into his worlds at a time when fantasy books were mostly published in paperback. And he hasn't aged a bit. He introduced me to strange worlds, great warriors and beautiful women like nobody else before or since.
The book's 127 pages are filled with pencils, sketches, studies, both in color and in black and white. The introduction has 7 pages. From then on it's pure art. It's very interesting to study the concept art, and to discover what he changed for the final painting or illustration. Of course those are not included here (if you don't own them already, I strongly suggest you take a look at Legacy, Icon and Testament, the three marvellous hardcovers from Underwood Books).
The book is a huge source of inspiration for painters and modellers but also for writers and anybody interested in the classic arts.
As always with Spectrum Books the reproduction quality is first class.