The Art of Top Cow (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/9/2
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For the ultimate Top Cow art fan and for anyone who simply loves the comic book art form, "The Art of Top Cow" is a gigantic collection that combines "The Art of The Darkness", "The Art of Witchblade", and "The Art of Marc Silvestri", plus select additional pieces drawn by some of the best artists working in comics today. Featuring the top characters in the Top Cow Universe, and, more prominently, the work of Top Cow's founder, Marc Silvestri, this is the definitive art collection for the ultimate fan.
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If you read Top Cow comics, you should know of the high quality of art. The illustrations are reproduced brilliantly and in high resolution showing all sorts of detail down to the minute brush strokes. There's no commentary but every illustration is credited. Some of them also come with the pencil sketches and layout before the inking stage.
The impressive lineup of artists whose work are featured, just to name a few, are Marc Silvestri (who drew the cover), Michael Turner, David Finch, Frank Cho, John Cassaday, Greg Horn, Jim Lee and many more. The work from them are really top notch -- the colouring, line art, design, etc.
I think there might be some duplication of work if you have other Top Cow art books, which I don't. The book description says that it combines The Art of The Darkness, The Art of Witchblade, and The Art of Marc Silvestri, together with additional work from other artists. If you don't have the other books, this volume is pretty much the collectors edition.
Recommended to all Top Cow and comic art fans.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
There aren't descriptions for the images, only captions detailing who creating the artwork. No big deal because that's all I care about anyways. They made a wise decision not to fill it up with text and let the images speak for themselves. It would have been interesting to read the insight of some of the artists, but that might have made this book even thicker.
I have a feeling that within a few years, they're going to make a second volume after this ones huge success. Do not pass up this book, especially at the awesome price on Amazon!
The hardbound edition is even more collectible and worth the small premium in my opinion. This is truly a compendium of some of the finest illustrations I have ever seen together in one volume. You'll find yourself going through this collection time and time again, marveling over the exquisite detail and luscious colors on each page.
Yes, there are a few pencil drawings, but if they weren't amazing enough on their own, you get to see them colored in breathtaking fullness on the next page. That visceral transformation alone is worth experiencing time and time again.
You may think I am being over generous in this review, but there is no way I can adequately convey the visual bliss you will experience once you get this massive tomb in your hands.
I can truly say I have fallen in love... with a Cow
The only entry not present that I really missed was Lara Croft's Tomb Raider but I'd wager this is more of a licensing issue with Square Eniox Europe (formerly Eidos Interactive) than an oversight but the images are sorely missed.
I highly recommend buying the Hardcover as it is a good savings and superb format!
PS: I received the Witchblade version as opposed to the Darkness cover thumbnailed here. There are apparently 2 covers, you are not getting the wrong book (FYI).
The lines are graceful and determined. The pencil work is as you would expect top notch for a great comic book publisher. The devil is in the details they say and the pencil work on the details is fantastic like the objects in the scene are so well done its surreal.
The colors are vibrant and the reproduction to large format print is amazing. A lot of these images were taken from comic books which format is obviously smaller and they have scaled well. The colors just jump off the page. I wish I could frame some of these images!
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