Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dave Dorman (英語) ハードカバー – 2010/8/3
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Presenting this retrospective volume devoted to the entire career of one of today's most popular science-fiction and comic artists, Dave Dorman, this book offers readers and fans a chance to witness his immense and phenomenal career from the early days to the present, offering glimpses of previously never-before-seen material from his files and sketchbooks, his enormously popular comic and science-fiction work, magazine and book illustrations, as well as beautifully reproduced images of his personal favorites with insights into his life and creative process.
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Page Count: 328
Number of images: 341
Small images: 106
Half page images: 59
Full page images: 163
2-page spreads: 13
BW images: 28
Foreword: 1 page
Early Years: 7 pages
Afterword: 3 pages
Acknowledgements: 1 page
Each page has at least 1 short paragraph about the art there displayed
17 images: 5 stars
67 images: 4 stars
199 images: 3 stars
54 images: 2 stars
4 images: 1 star
Overall: 3 Stars
Note: Sketches were left out of the rating
It would be a stretch to say that I like all the subjects rendered and collected here. What I do love is that he's had such a wide and varied career that I'm mentally and visually forced to appreciate what has gone into this career whether I like some of the subjects rendered or not.
What's presented here is a very rich professional history and Rolling Thunder is an apt title because Dave is a force to be reckoned with. Very few could match not only the range of subjects but the variety of techniques he applies in the creation of these images.
From crime noir, to hard SF, to fantasy, it's all here. Production sketches, finished drawings and full, lush paintings display a range of people, creatures, worlds and settings that are reflective of an active mind. It's effectively one that cannot be visually restrained and an imagination unquenched by repeated efforts to successfully render forays into the strange but oddly familiar people, places and things that make up the subjects in this storytelling master.
While the popularity of his Star Wars paintings and drawing are without a doubt some of his finest work to be recognized by his fans, peers and employers, his own personal creation, Wastelands, is on par with some of the best SF/mythological storytelling to ever see print. It easily rivals and surpasses Star Wars and that's no exaggeration.
Dave's early works are presented in the front of this large book and though they show a developing artist there's nothing there that doesn't show an earnestness not seen in a lot of other young, developing artists. What is in full view from the outset is an effort to get it right, to improve, and grow into the powerhouse illustrator and artist he has become over the span of his considerable career.
I can only hope he continues on this career path, and that a second volume is on the way.
When I started collecting, I wanted to learn as much as Dave's art as well as what techniques he uses to produce his art. I studied art in college and could not figure out how he produces such vibrant and photo-realistic paintings. So, when I purchased Rolling Thunder: the Art of Dave Dorman at a trade show, I was so happy to see that not only does the book span Dave's career in the arts, but also discusses his techniques. I think this book is a MUST for any prospective artist or student, or even those looking to go into graphic art and design. "Technique" is difficult to learn from most artists, but Dave shows how his self-taught style, while unconventional, produces such masterpieces. But of course, the masters make it look easy.
I cannot express enough how much I enjoy this book. It is placed prominently in my collection and I can't tell you how many times I get asked by my friends and visitors "who painted that print?" and "I wonder how he painted that?" This book explains both in wondrous detail.