Monday, April 27, 2009

My Favorite Books 5 - the "me" edition!

In a blatant display of vile narcissism, I thought I'd do an entry in my "favorite art books" series where all the books feature... ME! :) Though by no means all of the books I've worked on - there are a plethora of RPG books out there with my covers and interiors - this is a fun bunch of mostly-art or instruction books.

The Art Of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos

If you like Lovecraft and/or my art, this is probably the book for you! It's an incredibly well-realized volume of art from the "Call of Cthulhu" collectible card game, for which I was a major contributor. There are about 30 pieces of mine here, as well as boatloads of other very cool and creepy art by top illustrators of the strange (and a number of fellow Ninja Mountain members!)

World Of Warcraft: The Art Of The Trading Card Game
This is another book featuring art from a collectible card game. And what spectacular art it is, too! Only a couple of mine in here, but if you're a fan of fantasy art OR World of Warcraft, this is a good one.

Fall of Cthulhu Vol. 2: The Gathering

I just did covers for this comic book series from Boom! Studios, but I was very happy with the cover for issue #9, and they used it as the cover for this collection. Fall of Cthulhu has a GREAT story for the Lovecraft fan, so it was a real blast to be a part of such a cool project.

Drawing & Painting Fantasy Beasts

This is a great instructional book by Kev Walker and various other artists - including me! Also, there are several other Ninja Mountain regulars in this: Anne Stokes, Ralph Horsley, and Jon Hodgson. For each of our segments we wrote the text and did all the art and instructional material. I did three of the creatures: Desert Elemental, Sea Elemental and my favorite, the Forest Elemental.

The Fantasy Figure Artist's Reference File with CD-ROM

With tons of pictures of Fantasy characters to use as reference, this is an interesting but flawed book. The major problem is that the photographer took shots with too much foreshortening, but at the same time they aren't very dynamic. Should be one or the other, I would think. But at ANY rate, don't worry about that! I did lots of sketches throughout the book, so that has to count for something. Doesn't it? :)


Well, thanks for bearing with me as I bring you the best in me. Next time out I'll try for something with a little more broad-based interest!

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Metal snail said...

Great stuff! I'm going to hunt down that Cthulhu book!

Patrick said...

Thanks Andreas. I do highly recommend it. Lots of monsters, 1920's style and good art. Can't ask for more!