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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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.
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.
Even with all that, I was totally unprepared for this new book. It is a true work of art. Both the individual pieces, and the way Dave melded them into one collection, is something you must see to appreciate. If you love quality sci-fi and fantasy art then this book is a must-own for your collection.
The book is a tour de force, beginning with Dave's early works, his Star Wars period, Wasted Lands,GI Joe, Battle Star Galactica, as well as a mix of other favorites, plus some sketches and enough backstory to let you discover the work all over again.
This is NOT a coffee table book that will collect dust. This is something that a collector will savor, crave and protect. I keep picking mine up and finding new things that I swear were not there before.
If you were one of the lucky few that stood in line at Comicon to get an autographed copy, you have a treasure. If you did not, it seems Amazon has some. There are two versions of Dave's book here. The difference is one is signed by Dave (which is the one I have). The covers are different but contain the same art.
According to his website, both of these are from the first edition. The printing was small, so the signed versions may be gone by the time someone reads this.
Congrats Dave. Can't wait for your next one. I hope I don't need to wait 12 years this time.
The book is packed with hundreds of beautiful paintings spanning his entire career, some dating back to 1978 when he's just starting out. Almost every piece of art is accompanied by commentary, giving us interesting background stories and sometimes insight into how he paints. The paintings are all wonderfully detailed and printed large.
The work are grouped into chapters under comics, gaming, illustration, Aliens/Predator, Lucasfilm, Wasted Lands and personal works. You'll see work he has created for DC, Marvel, GI Joe, Battlestar Galactica, Magic the Gathering, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and a lot of titles I've not seen before. There are even examples of him drawing in manga style for the series Robotech while finding work.
The strange thing is, as most of the work aren't dated, it seems like he acquired amazing drawing skills straightaway in the early days, judging by the quality of art showcased.
In the foreword, it's mentioned that this is only half of Dave Dorman's key works. Let's hope there's a second volume.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)