Icon: A Retrospective By The Grand Master of Fantastic Art

Icon A Retrospective By The Grand Master of Fantastic Art Frazetta is without question the master of Fantasy Art He exploded all the old preconceptions of Fantasy as a pastoral realm of cute elves sprites and wise wizards and re envisioned it as a brutal w

  • Title: Icon: A Retrospective By The Grand Master of Fantastic Art
  • Author: Frank Frazetta Cathy Fenner Arnie Fenner
  • ISBN: 9783822870747
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Frazetta is without question the master of Fantasy Art He exploded all the old preconceptions of Fantasy as a pastoral realm of cute elves, sprites and wise wizards, and re envisioned it as a brutal wilderness inhabited by virile, ruthless warriors hewn from pure muscle, and armour clad s with astonishingly voluptuous bodies, locked in perpetual combat with horrificFrazetta is without question the master of Fantasy Art He exploded all the old preconceptions of Fantasy as a pastoral realm of cute elves, sprites and wise wizards, and re envisioned it as a brutal wilderness inhabited by virile, ruthless warriors hewn from pure muscle, and armour clad s with astonishingly voluptuous bodies, locked in perpetual combat with horrific primeval monsters and demons Once Frazetta had wielded his paints Fantasy could never be the same again.Born in Brooklyn in 1928, he absorbed the colourful pulp adventures of Tarzan and Flash Gordon, and in the fifties he excited the next generation of Fantasy lovers with his comics and illustrations for the seductive lady blood sucker, Vampirella, and most fatuously Robert E Howard s hero, Conan The Barbarian.His work, with its high levels of testosterone, wicked humour and compositional skill, has been a profound influence on film makers such as John Milius, Clint Eastwood and George Lucas In the sixties Frazetta s images became the poster art for psychedelic counterculture Frazetta was no political radical, but his art ripped apart the clean, ordered world of suburban America and replaced it with a gorgeously rendered wasteland of violence and sensuality.

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    1. 4.5 stars. What a superb collection of iconic artwork (pun intended). Frank Frazetta was an amazing talent and his artwork is instantly recognizable by fans and collectors alike. From Conan to Tarzan to Death-Dealer to Vampirella, It is Frazetta's artwork that people think of when they visualize these characters. A superb collection showcasing a one-of-a-kind talent.

    2. I enjoy Frazetta's art. I really wish someone would publish a more comprehensive collection. I feel like I've seen his 10 or so big pieces thousands of times, but a lot of his less popular works I've only seen occasionally and never all in one place.A book like this should strive for a comprehensive and definite collection of all of his professional works.

    3. A fascinating insight into the life and work of fantasy illustration's principal trailblazer, greatly enriched by examples of his most celebrated works and numerous sketches. A real must for anyone with an interest in fantasy art and illustration in general.

    4. (More pictures on parkablogs)Frank Frazetta probably needs no introduction. The images that come to my mind straightaway are the almost perfect anatomy drawings of warriors and women.This book is a biography of Frank Frazetta looking at the illustrations he created throughout his career. It is really humbling to read how he rose from a kid drawing strange title like "The Elephant who wouldn't help" to the famous series of Conan. There are lots of interesting things to read like his working relat [...]

    5. Frank Frazetta died recently and for many art lovers he'll be missed, but especially for fantasy fans it was a sad day. Not only his "Icon"ic cover paintings but his entire volume of work speaks to his talent. This book give a nice look at the man and the history of his work. It's interesting, but I suppose it goes without saying, the paintings are the star of the book.

    6. I love fantasy art it one of my favorite mediums a few friends have scene my drawings I aspire to draw half as brilliantly and confidently as Frank his drawings are simply stunning.

    7. Here I'm reviewing the Frazetta art book trilogy of Icon, Legacy and Testament, because all the books have the same virtues and a same recurring flaw. They stand alone fine but you should get all three because they cover most of his best paintings and drawings. There's been many more Frazetta books by the same people (including far too many with overlapping contents) but I never felt I needed many of those later ones.Please keep in mind that some of the books were updated with something like 15 [...]

    8. Love Frazetta (so 5 stars). If I wasn't completely biased, I'd knock a star off for the author's periodic insults to anything that is not by Frazetta.

    9. The incredible artwork that famed Frank Frazetta is best known for is his dark and dramatic Conan the Barbarian oils. He is also well known for art in comic books, Tarzan novels, iconic movie posters and record covers of the 60's and 70's. Icon also describes his incredible fifty-five year career span in the industry. I think all of us who love or create fantasy have looked up to him at some point.

    10. A wonderful compilation of some of my favorite Frazetta paintings. There are large reproductions of most (maybe all) of the Lancer Conan covers (some revised by the artist), many of the later Ace Burroughs paperbacks and even the SF Book Club John Carter of Mars covers. Plus two of my favorites, the original Death Dealer and the cover to Michael Moorcock's Silver Warriors. Not to mention an absolutely glorious reproduction of the cover to Edmund Hamilton's Outlaw World.A wonderful collection.

    11. A superb introduction to the art and life of Frank Frazetta, one of the foremost fantasy artists of the last half century. This book reproduces full colour examples of his works, from magazine and book covers to film posters and comic strips. The man is a legend and influenced a raft of artists who came after him.

    12. It begins here. The grand master of fantasy painting is showcase in this 3 part hardbound coffee table editions. Frank Frazetta arts to life and jump off the canvas. He has learned to draw with paint and takes you right into the world of sword and sorcery, sci fi, etc.

    13. Frazetta's art is just amazing. My personal favorites are his Death Dealer paintings, followed closely by his paintings of Kane. This is a nice retrospective on his work, with lots of his paintings included.

    14. Frank Frazetta is one of my favorite illustrators. I thought I would have to order this book from , but as luck would have it, my local Barnes and Noble had it and needless to say the work I had actually intended to get done was necessarily delayed hour and a half while I enjoyed this book.

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