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Fantasy Art Now!

The Very Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art and Illustration The recent resurgence of interest in fantasy art sees some of the finest, freshest, and most exciting talents in the world of fantasy illustration brought together for the first time in one luxurious showcase volume, Fantasy Art Now! Creators from across the globefrom China and Singapore to the USA and Europe are represented in a book that looks forward rather than back in its approach to fantasy art. Clint Langley, Greg Staples, Glenn Fabry, James Rayman, Linda Bergkvist, Liam Sharp, Jason Chan, Aly Fell, Aaron Sng, and Robert Chang are just a few of the new generation of fantasy artists included. This is not a book of retrospectives, but examines what illustrators and painters are creating nowwhether its for the latest graphic novel, book cover, trading card set, or computer game. Crucially, all the artwork within has been created digitally, heralding in the new wave of contemporary creators and their endlessly adaptable new medium, the computer. All the artwork is uncropped so the material can be seen as the artist intended. Respected fantasy artist and writer, Martin McKenna, has specially selected all of the artwork, and this magnificent tome is the perfect gift for all art lovers, and particularly fans of fantasy painting and comic book art.

Martin McKenna

FANTASY

Martin McKenna is a highly regarded


fantasy artist and author. His artwork has appeared on book covers for numerous international publishers, and adorned games from Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, and Games Workshop. In 1995 he won the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist. He has written several books on fantasy and digital art, including Digital Fantasy Painting Workshop, Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes, and Digital Horror Painting Workshop.

ThE VEry BEsT in ConTEmporary FanTasy arT & illusTraTion

ART NOW!

An inspirational coffee table/gift book featuring a global gathering of artists Foreword by respected Lord of The Rings artist, Alan Lee Specially selected images by renowned fantasy artist and author, Martin McKenna The only fantasy art book to focus on digitally created artwork Chapters are divided by subject matter, and cross referenced by artist Focuses purely on fantasy art, rather than the distractions of science fiction or horror The artwork is presented uncropped, and in many cases, for the first time

specification publication date Fall 2007 trim size w 101 16" x h 101 16" (h 255mm x w 255mm) extent 256pp approx 20,000 words paper 128gsm matt art illustrations 350+ pictures color 4x4 Binding paperback with flaps

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General Editor

Martin McKenna Foreword by a L a n L e e

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cONTeNTS

Foreword by Alan Lee Introduction by Martin McKenna 1. WA R R I O R S 2. MA I d eN S 3. WI Tc h e S & WA R L O c K S 4. FA I R IeS , e Lv eS , A N d dWA R v e S 5. d R Ag O N S 6. ORcS , O gR e S , T RO L L S, A N d O Th e R M O N S T e R S 7. U N IcO R N S A N d O T h eR M Y ThI c A L c R e A T U Re S Index Acknowledgments

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Knightghost Assasin by James Ryman, Dragon magazine Apple Mac G5 / Adobe Photoshop
This deadly assassin was commissioned by a role-playing magazine.

Crusader Knight by Greg Staples Apple Mac G5 / Adobe Photoshop


This book cover evokes a brooding menace as a knight, returning from the Crusades, comes home to his castle.

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Morrigan by Greg Staples, Warhammer publishing Apple Mac G5 / Adobe Photoshop


Staples was inspired by the work of legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta at the tender age of seven. The masters influence can be felt in this picture.

Spider Woman by James Ryman, Dragon magazine Apple Mac G5 / Adobe Photoshop
This cover was difficult for Ryman to complete: It creeped me out to work on it... I do not like spiders at all.

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Guildmage by Jim Murray, Magic the Gathering Apple Mac G5 / Acrylic on Board & Adobe Photoshop
I intially painted this wizard in acrylic on board and then scanned it into my computer. I then boosted the lighting effects in Photoshop to increase the luminosity of the spell.

Sage of the Scroll by Greg Staples Apple Mac G5 / Adobe Photoshop


Staples is not only an established and successful fantasy and comic book artist, he is also the co-founder of the visual effects company, Ark VFX.

Dark Sun Witch by James Ryman, Dungeon magazine Apple Mac G5 / Pencil & Adobe Photoshop Maga by Jim Murray, Magic the Gathering Apple Mac G5 / Acrylic on board & Adobe Photoshop
This Chinese magician was created for the famous card game from Wizards of the Coast. This cover was originally sketched out in pencil and then scanned in and completed digitally in Photoshop. The final artwork was enlarged and the edges were cropped before it was used on the magazine.

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Reciprocate spell by Jim Murray, Magic the Gathering Apple Mac G5 / Adobe Photoshop, Paint & Adobe Illustrator
This artwork shows a demon getting his just desserts from the card game, Magic the Gathering, published by Wizards of the Coast. The company is one of the biggest commissioners of fantasy art today.

Ogre Recluse by Jim Murray, Magic the Gathering Apple Mac G5 / Adobe Photoshop & Paint
This misanthropic ogre is not to be disturbed! This is the first time the image has been published in its original form.

Rhunir by James Ryman Apple Mac G5 / Adobe Photoshop, Paint & Adobe Illustrator
This Nordic-themed battle scene was the box art for the role-playing game Rhunir, published by German games company Nackter Stahl (Naked Steel).

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