Welcome To My Worlds: The Art Of Rob Alexander (英語) ハードカバー – 2005/6/28
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Rob Alexander is one of the most versatile and highly respected artists working today. He paints in watercolours that look more like oils or acylics. His painting style is subtle, beautiful and emotionally evocative. It has enabled him to work well in a number of diverse genres and markets. He has painted high fantasy, landscapes, action adventure, gothic horror and children's stories. Rob has worked in the publishing industry doing bookcovers for TOR, Harper Collins, Berkley and Del Rey. His images have been published in Amazing Stories, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Cricket magazines. But to most people, he is the artist who paints pictures of sad-eyed women, eerie beings who perch in trees and carve mysterious messages in skulls, hauntingly beautiful landscapes, and young children who either discover, imagine or make beautiful, wondrous things. He was one of the original artists of the Magic the Gathering trading card game phenomenon and has done well over 130 images for the project to date. Magic is international and has been translated into eight languages, including Japanese. His work has appeared in eight other trading card games, including over 40 images for one based upon The Lord of the Rings, depicting many of the major characters and significant places from Tolkien's world. Rob has also done conceptual design work for video, computer and card games. His clients include Microsoft, Warner Bros., Hasbro, and a Wizards of the Coast/Nickelodeon joint venture. One of his projects was preliminary conceptual design for the Harry Potter collectable card game. He has been awarded the Chesley award from ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, appeared a number of times in Spectrum, a yearly book featuring the best in contemporary Science Fiction and Fantasy, and won best of show at both World Con and World Fantasy Con, a show for professionals in the Science Fiction and Fantasy publishing industry.
While the extremely well-reproduced pictures are often first-rate in quality with their vision and attention to detail, there is a certain gloomy, oppressive pall that weighs on the overall contents of the book. It feels dark and heavy. The worlds depicted in the pics often feel disquietingly quiet (pun intended). One wonders if a certain pessimistic outlook on life -- the vanity and impermanence of all things, as seen in those deserted ruins -- might have been expressed through the paintings. Rob really should do some pieces for Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos; indeed it's something of a surprise to me that he hasn't done so yet (unless I missed something), given the style of his work.
Interestingly, Rob is attracted to East Asian culture, and this shows in some of the pieces. One of them, a very wide pic entitled 'Ancient Places', was supposed to depict what sorts of dwellings he imagined Japanese elves would have!
Overall, the artwork showcased in this volume is great, but I would have preferred that Rob did some HAPPY pictures as well, with brighter, less somber colors and more activity and excitement. Bring a little more sunshine and laughter into your worlds in future, Rob. :)