Dark Inspiration:Grotesque Illustrations, Art & Design is a collection of art work under the theme of dark and grotesque.
The look and feel of the book is very well done and kept in style with its theme. Even though the collected art is themed as ‘dark’, the contents could’ve easily fit into other art collection books like Hi-Fructose, Spectrum or Juxtaposed.
Unlike mentioned other art collection books Dark Inspiration in terms of its size is quite small (8.7″ x 6.7″) which doesn’t do the various art pieces justice.
The art included is good, but would’ve looked even better on a bigger format.
The range of artists is quite divers and artwork ranging from paintings to digital, from photos to sculptures are included.
Similar to any collected book some art pieces may be more of your liking than others. But that’s also the beauty of it, you get exposed to art you otherwise wouldn’t have considered looking at.
There’s little to no text, not even descriptions or bio’s of the contributing artists which would’ve been a nice touch.
The book’s an art collection and definitely good as inspiration, though the small size is a bit of a let down.
Hi Fructose is a magazine dedicated to art in a very broad sense and features a wide range of artists in each issue.
Foreign magazines cost almost twice the cover price in the Netherlands, so I’m very glad Hi Fructose magazine is also available as collected editions on Amazon at a much affordable price as well as a better format than separate issues.
Two collected editions have been released so far. The second collection is available in two versions: a regular version and a collectors edition which comes in a ribbon closed box and includes a set of cards, stickers and a poster.
Jim Lee is a legendary comic book artist and one of my artistic inspirations when I was in high school.
Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee is an art book dedicated to Jim Lee’s run at DC and Wildstorm and (sadly) features none of his Marvel art.
Even though it’s a shame Jim Lee’s Marvel art isn’t included, the book’s still great because at Wildstorm as well as DC Jim Lee did what he does best, namely draw superheroes and heroines in an awesome way.
The current design is version 8 and makes even more use of CSS for the look and feel than before.
Gone is also the black color background. Even though I’m a fan of black and it fits the topics of my drawings, I went for a black, white and red color combination and in that color combo a white background somehow made it look more stylish and was better option than black.
The black background can still be found on the music and link page though, because the color combination for those pages has remained black & blue with tints of gold/beige.
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