Sword’s Edge: Paintings Inspired by the Works of Robert E. Howard is out now. This 48-page hardcover collects over 35 images created by Sanjulian. The illustrations are accompanied by the Howard text they were inspired by. A biography on Robert E. Howard and Sanjulian is included. The book is edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner, and Manuel Auad. There is plenty of good reading and artwork at a terrific price of only $19.95. The partial book description reads:
Countless artists have painted Robert E. Howard’s characters through the years, but none have done so more brilliantly than legendary Spanish painter Manuel Pérez Clemente Sanjulián. With the impact of a battle axe, Sword’s Edge collects an action-filled brace of paintings that brings Howard’s classic stories to vivid life for a new generation of enthusiasts.
Middle-Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth by Donato Giancola. Anybody else excited about a book finally collecting the paintings of Donato? It’s about time! The book is an 88-page $24.95 hardcover collection with a J.R.R. Tolkien theme. The book is scheduled for October and a description follows:
From the brush of Donato Giancola, one of the world’s most recognized and lauded fantasy artists, comes a book filled with new illustrations that apply his legendary Renaissance craftsmanship to J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantastic Middle-Earth. Dramatic lighting and deft draftsmanship reminiscent of master painters like Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer explain Donato’s popularity with millions of fans, as well as the numerous Hugo and Chesley Awards he has received.
Spectrum 17: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is the yearly worldwide book event celebrating the best fantastic artists working today. Categories feature artwork in advertising, books, comics, institutional, film, video games and an impressive unpublished section. At 264 pages and hundreds of art showcased, both a softbound and hardbound edition will be available in early November. For now you can view sample pages at the Spectrum Fantastic Art website by clicking here. The book description promotes Spectrum as:
Challenging, controversial, educational, and irreverent, the 17th anniversary edition to the award-winning Spectrum series reinforces both the importance and prevalence of fantastic art in today’s culture. With exceptional images by extraordinary creators, this elegant full-color collection showcases an international cadre of creators working in every style and medium, both traditional and digital. The best artists from the United States, Europe, China, Australia, South America, and beyond have gathered into the only annual devoted exclusively to works of fantasy, horror, science fiction, and the surreal, making Spectrum 17 one of the year’s most highly anticipated books.