Donato Giancola’s new book, Middle-Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth is now available from Underwood Books. This 80-page hardbound book is chock-full of watercolor pencil and chalk drawings on toned paper and oil paintings. The illustrations within are inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional world, Middle-Earth. You will find works depicting Frodo, Gandalf, Faramir, Boromir, Legolas, and many more.
Donato applies his renaissance inspired techniques to delivery extraordinary scenes, including my personal favorites in the book, “The Taming of Smeagol” and “Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul.”
Each work includes the media type and dimensions. Many pencils and oils are accompanied by commentary by Donato sharing insight into the story that is depicted.
There is also a leather-bound special edition limited to 26-copies, which includes an original drawing by Donato. Full details can be found on his website. You can see a two minute video preview of the book on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website here.
© 2010 John Fleskes
Flesk Publications will be exhibiting at APE this October 16-17 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco. Our booth number is 212.
Flesk Publications is an art book company focusing on comic, fantasy, fine and illustration art, and graphic novels. Our goal is to continue promoting the arts through quality collections. Our publications showcase the talents of James Bama, Gary Gianni, Petar Meseldžija, Steve Rude, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, William Stout, Al Williamson, and more.
We will have copies of our entire line of books including, Al Williamson Archives and The Legend of Steel Bashaw by Petar Meseldžija. On display will be sample books for Xenozoic by Mark Schultz and Inspirations by William Stout, both of which will be available November 1. Free fliers and pamphlets will be on hand for our titles coming out in early December. These include Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West and Jungle Girls by Jim Silke.
Buy any two books from us at APE and get one free Flesk “bumped” book. Occasionally books get slight dings, minor bumps, or small tears to the jackets. We want to give these books away to those who support us at the show. Limited quantities of Prehistoric Life Murals by William Stout, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea adapted by Gary Gianni, James Bama: American Realist, and a few others will be available to select from. Stop by early to get the best pick and before they all disappear.
Publisher, John Fleskes, will be on hand to offer insight into our upcoming titles and what is in store for 2011.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West by Walt Reed is currently at the printer. The proofs have been approved. The book is on the press and being bound. The author, Walt Reed, has been working on this book for twenty years. It has been a long and arduous task in completing this book, one in which I am proud to have an opportunity to be involved in. The book was originally slated for July 2010. Due to some improvements and extra time taken to make sure the book was as best as it could be, the release date has been pushed to December 1, 2010. If the printing and shipping goes as scheduled the book will arrive at the Flesk warehouse by the end of November 2010.
I am pleased to announce a deluxe edition for Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West will be available. This special edition is limited to 350 copies in slipcase, signed by the author and specially bound and numbered. It contains the proof of an undated photo of Harvey Dunn. It also contains the image of Dunn’s previously unpublished experimental painting “Romance,” from the 1920s. Only 100 copies will be for sale through Flesk. The remaining copies will be reserved for the South Dakota Art Museum and Illustration House, NYC.
This book will only be available direct through Flesk Publications, the South Dakota Art Museum and Illustration House. There is no current plan for this book to be available to the book trade, nor through Amazon. If you placed an order direct through Amazon, the order will be canceled. You will then be able to order from one of the three of us.
The reason for the decision to pull the book from the trade and Amazon was made to provide an equal opportunity for Flesk, the museum and Illustration House to sell the books. Amazon’s heavy discount would undercut sales from the museum and Illustration House (copies sold on Amazon would have been through the Flesk distributor). This wasn’t a fair arrangement. Flesk, Illustration House and the South Dakota Art Museum put significant resources, time and funds into this project. Based on this, a mutually beneficially arrangement for selling the book was decided upon.