The Art Of Greg Horn ハードカバー – 2004/12/30
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Image Comics presents the very first art book by Greg Horn. From his outstanding illustrations for Marvel to his unforgettable artwork in the ultra-competitive gaming and advertising fields, this edition will collect many of Greg's most renowned pieces. Included in the book will be his commercial art projects for industry giants such as Nike, Bacardi, Sony, Ringling Bros., Universal Studios, and Allstate Insurance. Also featured in the publication will be nearly 50 magazine covers painted for Wizard, The Official XBOX Magazine, 100% PSM (Playstation), and PCgamer magazines.
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しかし、Greg Hornのイラストによりその考えは吹き飛ばされました。新しい形のCGというか進化系に思えました。油彩や水彩をシュミレートするソフトは沢山ありますが、Greg Hornのイラストはシュミレートとしているのではなく、CGの特性を使い絵の具代わりにしている感じがするのです。新しいCGを求めている方にもお勧めです。ただ、Howtoが少し載っていますが、あまり参考にならないような気がします。もうちょっと詳しく載っているとわかりやすいのですが…
Page Count: 144
Number of images: 98
Small images: 4
Half page images: 3
Full page images: 80
2-page spreads: 11
BW images: 3
1 page dedication
1 page introduction
1 page about the Elektra artwork
12 images: 5 stars
40 images: 4 stars
46 images: 3 stars
0 images: 2 stars
0 images: 1 star
Overall: 3,5 stars
This is a review of the first 123 pages.
Pages 124 to 131 display interior art and text.
Pages 132 to 135 have a step by step tutorial
Pages 136 to 139 show several sketches.
Page 140 is a checklist of the artist works
Page 141 advertises the artist's web site.
Pages 142 to 143 have photographs.
My personal favorites:
(there are no page numbers so I'll try to describe them)
Emma Frost #1 - this was a marvel comic cover - emma is a popular comic book character with blonde hair wearing a white oufit, white thigh highs, with her hands in white gloves and an alluring bustline looking downwards with ivy stonework behind her - her skin looks so real you want to just bite her
Elektra #3 - another marvel comic cover - elektra holds two daggers crossing each other with a red bandana on her head and there is smoke and fire behind her and fire in her eyes, detailed ribbons on her arms, and dripping water all over her body. HOT!
2004 Olympic Basketball Team - This is probably one of his most well-known pieces of art, especially to those not familiar with his comic books. It shows the entire Olympic Basketball Team - their faces, bodies, and jersies are recognized around the world and look exactly like them. Greg Horn even talks about the difficulty it took to put this together, considering several players were replaced during the making of his painting.
Bacardi DJ Babe - Some people have seen this on the Bacardi website - a hot brunette chick wearing a black bikini top while spinning her fingers over a turntable with disco lights spinning behind her. Popular piece. And you see why!
2 Fast 2 Furious - This is probably my absolute favorite! A hot chick with tall high heeled sandals and a short skirt showing the most amazing legs you've ever seen who is standing between two drag racing cars. Most of the painting is black and white but the cars are red and green and have these electro lights shooting at you through the page.
This book even has pictures of how he completes the task of a "painting" which involves sketching, coloring, computer airbrushing, color correction, touchups, etc. Very well put-together!
Some of the subject matter includes: spiderman, black widow, emma frost, elektra, iron man, the hulk, battleship scenes, circus acts for the Ringling Bros, the Lebron James Billboard, medieval withchblade and horses, cars, vampires, black tiger, fathom, S.K.U.M.M., serpentor, several Lord of the Rings illustrations, angel warrior, tomb raider, lightning, ninjas, sexy gorgeous babes, military theme stuff with soldiers and machine guns, mythology, women in bikinis, and too much to mention!
I love the way it is all layed out too. It's not done boring like some books where they just put the art and that's it. Greg Horn designed all the pages himself and it looks really high-tech and very professional. Sometimes he'll write a sentence or two on the side of the page to describe how he got the inspiration to start it. He has a great (well it's not so great but it's funny) introduction by Brian Michael Bendis who is another well-liked artist.
In the back of the book is a spread of pages of behind-the-scenes photos where you see Greg Horn at home with his wife, you see him with other artists like David Mack and James Hudnall.... you see photos of the models he used to create some of the illustrations, photos of the emma frost statue, different marvel paraphernilia such as books, action figures, even a PEZ dispenser that has Greg Horn's art on it.
I had the pleasure of meeting Greg at the San Diego Comic-Con and he is as nice in person as he is talented. And he even writes his fans back. I really can't tell you how much I like this book and can't wait to see his second!