The Art of Top Cow (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/10/14
One of Top Cow's lasting legacies in the comic world is the studio Marc Silvestri founded to nurture young artists. Today's top artist lists are filled with alumi of the famous Top Cow 'Pit'. "The Art of Top Cow" is a massive collection that combines The Art of The Darkness, The Art of Witchblade, and The Art of Marc Silvestri into a single tome, complete with select additional pieces rendered by some of the best artists to have graced the pages and covers of "Top Cow" titles.
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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
Just a plug to Amazon, even though I got this book elsewhere I did recently order Exodyssey with artwork by the Steambot Studios team, and Art Models 5. Amazon shipped immediately and I got the books literally the next day, even though I chose 2-Day shipping. Good job Amazon!
I highly recommend Exodyssey to fans of concept art and science fiction themed art, FYI.
Art books FTW!
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).