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Art of IDW's Transformers [Paperback]

Justin Eisinger , M. D. Bright , Don Figueroa
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Oct. 21 2008
Transformers. One familiar word that conjures up visions of giant robots, epic battles, and for comic book fans, a world of sentient machines that is often best represented by the capable hands of the many artists who have left their mark on the material over the past twenty-plus years. Celebrating their achievements, The Art of IDW's Transformers collects the most memorable work from series such as Beast Wars, Generations, Infiltration, Spotlight, Escalation, Stormbringer, and Evolutions, and splits it up by artist to give an unprecedented look at the impact of talents like MD Bright, Don Figueroa, Guido Guidi, Bob LeFevre, Marcelo Matere, Ed McGuiness, Alex Milne, Robby Musso, James Raiz, Nick Roche, Rob Ruffolo, Klaus Scherwinski, E.J. Su, Andrew Wildman, and Ashley Wood have had on the Robots in Disguise.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed artwork Feb. 12 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Length: 0:32 Mins
I don't have much knowledge of Transformers. Much of that comes from the old Transformer cartoons and the movie by Michael Bay. So I got this book just for the fun of it. I can't really differentiate which paintings come from which Transformers series.

This soft covered art book has contributions from 16 artists. They are MD Bright, Don Figueroa, Guido Guidi, Bob LeFevre, Marcelo Matere, Ed McGuiness, Alex Milne, Milx, Robby Musso, James Raiz, Nick Roche, Rob Ruffolo, Klaus Scherwinski, E.J. Su, Andrew Wildman and Ashley Wood. There's a short interview with each of them before pages of their artwork.

There are full page paintings, comic panels and a few line drawings. Most of the art pieces are highly polished. Each artist presents a different style which makes for great variety. I particularly like Ashley Wood's style, which is very raw and has lots of blacks.

To me, the actual genre of Transformer is war. That coupled with art makes for action packed panels which fills most of the pages. Every one is attention grabbing, if printed on comic book covers, screams "Buy me to find out what happened!".

This book is also available in hard cover, but at twice the price on Amazon. The soft cover's not too bad either, at least the paper stock used is good. The soft cover was published in 2008, the hard cover, 2007.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not everything March 12 2008
By M. Pantoja - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
THE GOOD: There's a large selection of very nice art, handsomely reproduced, on very good paper (matte, not glossy stock, alas). Some nice pullouts of work by Don Figueroa and my personal favorite, EJ Su.
Also a few great covers by others, including Ashley Wood, whose conceptual, abtsracted approach to mecha designs expands the range of possibilities regarding Transformers imagery. Some nice interviews with IDW's main Tf artists (the non-Japanese ones anyway). Looks nice on a shelf or coffee table.

THE BAD: The product solicitation is wrong, this isn't every alternate cover or pinup by IDW as of mid-2007, it's not even half of it (ex: The excellent Graham Crackers Seekers alternate cover for Infiltration).

Moreover many of the images are merely blown-up panels or page fragments from the interior IDW comics art, reprinted without reference or context, which would've helped if they wanted to promote their individual stories. Images are simply plopped unto the page with no accompanying information: appeared, the dates, the context, character names, the stories, etc. Didn't know what I was looking at half the time.

I would've preferred having only cover and pinup/poster art, and perhaps character designs, rather than slivers of stories I have no intention of reading and/ or have seen elsewhere.

Also, the cover you see here is not the actual book cover, much to my disappointment. The actual cover is a detail from Don Figueroa's Stormbringer super-cover, which is impressive but somewhat less iconic. Annoyingly, the white-bottomed dust jacket catches dirt easily due to the thin matte coating.

VERDICT: Overall a good purchase for fans of the IDW universe and mecha art in general, but perhaps not crucial for the general 1980's fan who isn't into the IDW interpretations. Not very informative either. I'm a bit angry that the book profiled in the description is not the book this ultimately turned out to be. Still, a handsome purchase.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed artwork Nov. 14 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't have much knowledge of Transformers. Much of that comes from the old Transformer cartoons and the movie by Michael Bay. So I got this book just for the fun of it. I can't really differentiate which paintings come from which Transformers series.

This soft covered art book has contributions from 16 artists. They are MD Bright, Don Figueroa, Guido Guidi, Bob LeFevre, Marcelo Matere, Ed McGuiness, Alex Milne, Milx, Robby Musso, James Raiz, Nick Roche, Rob Ruffolo, Klaus Scherwinski, E.J. Su, Andrew Wildman and Ashley Wood. There's a short interview with each of them before pages of their artwork.

There are full page paintings, comic panels and a few line drawings. Most of the art pieces are highly polished. Each artist presents a different style which makes for great variety. I particularly like Ashley Wood's style, which is very raw and has lots of blacks.

To me, the actual genre of Transformer is war. That coupled with art makes for action packed panels which fills most of the pages. Every one is attention grabbing, if printed on comic book covers, screams "Buy me to find out what happened!".

This book is also available in hard cover, but at twice the price on Amazon. The soft cover's not too bad either, at least the paper stock used is good. The soft cover was published in 2008, the hard cover, 2007.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no no no Feb. 19 2009
By Massobrio Davide - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It' s not a real art book the way I mean: only few pictures are "previously unreleased", most of them are covers or (especially) pages from various comic books from IDW. Only few pictures are displayed in different versions (pencils + inks + coloured final picture). The images themselves chosen for the books are not the best from all the available Transformers material....
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay! It's HERE! June 11 2013
By 'Dodge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Man, I am such a geek. I loved the old campy cartoon, but the IDW comics just kicked it beyond 5th gear--and the number one reason is the amazing ART.

The writing and the incredible plots are phenomenal, don't get me wrong...but the thing that captivates is the visual buffet that is the art of Roche, Su, Guido, Milne and onward these are responsible for captivating our eyes and adding substance to our imaginations, for firing the forges of possibility within a realm of mechanical warriors.

The construct of the new Cybertronian AltModes, the lines and builds of the characters so unlike anything I could expect; I have to wonder what process they would have to be thinking in the design, of how these robots would fold and twist into their transformations. It's BRILLIANT. I adore the art...seriously, it's off the chain cool.

I would love to learn how they do some of their "effects", and the kind of software they use when rendering their pieces. I can't imagine what inspires them to come up with these ideas, but I'd welcome insight. How does one come up with a universe of what used to be a bunch of "lesser-knowns" and rocket them right into our line of vision and straight out of "second string"?

It starts with the ART. Well done work! (And I got it for a STEAL of a price!)
5.0 out of 5 stars My eyes just exploded from the extream awesome Aug. 11 2012
By S.Durante - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A must for any fan of the franchise, collects art from the various titles from IDW, to include Beast Wars, Armada, Generations, Spotlights, the movies, and many more!
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