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Darkwerks: The Art of Brom [Paperback]

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Dec 31 2000
One of this generation’s most popular cult fantasy artists, Brom has a distinctive and disturbing vision. 150 full-color reproductions offer a glimpse into the mind of this dark master whose work has enhanced books, comics, games, and videos, ranging from Dungeons & Dragons to Doom II. Among the material included are unpublished early works; covers such as the deeply unsettling Fire Clown and horror-filled Rat’s Den; and trading cards in a variety of genres, including the collectible Dark Age.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A collection of Brom's work June 7 2002
By Molly
Brom is a fantasy artist who is best known for his work on his work Dark Sun, Deadlands, collectable card games, and book covers. He stands out from Boris & Julie as well as Frank Franzetta partially for the sole reason that most of (though not all) of his portraits contain people who wear clothing, albeit usually something fetish inspired, leather and latex. He has a very distinct style, painting very beautiful moon-skinned redheads and tan wild-elven creatures, which stand along detailed landscapes that insipre the imagination. Some of his work is disturbing (though not quite as disturbing as H.R. Geiger), and mostly very dark (what would you expect from a man who listens to Nick Cave while he paints?) but all of his work is remarkably well composed and masterfully detailed.
Brom has a larger influence than many people realize, for example the evil albino in the recently released movie Time Machine could very well have come directy from the pages of Darkwerks. To get an idea of how popular Brom has become, just type in his name in any search engine (Google works best). Darkwerks is a very good collection of his art, containing very little text and allowing all of the pages to be showcased in full-sized, full-colored glory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic in every sense Dec 14 2001
There is no living artist I envy more than Brom. His paintings are phenomenal in their detail, vision and execution. Dark, erotic and exotic, beautiful, menacing, bewitching and intense, it's gorgeous stuff. But I think the thing which particularly appeals to me about Brom's work is that he seems to share the same idea of what constitutes a beautiful person (surreal and unearthly as many of them may be) as I do. The difference being, of course, that he can put it on paper while I - sadly - cannot. I like fantasy art a lot, but one aspect that I'm often disappointed with is the faces of the people. Brom gets the faces right. In fact, he gets everything right. Just as he does a wonderful representation of beauty, he also has a nice line in creepy, twisted and macabre. I'd love to step into his worlds. 'Darkwerks' is an excellent collection of his creations from various sources, very well produced and presented on high quality paper with crisp, clear reproductions. A great book on a great artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macabre Fantasies July 30 2003
I saw this book in a store yesterday. The title, Darkwërks was what first caught my eye. So I picked it up, looked at the covers, back and front, and began to flip through the first pages. I was amused very much by the art created by Brom in his earlier years. For instance, when he was age 6, he drew quite a bloody scene; a body riddled with knives and sharp objects. So, I started to look through the pages. Immediately, I was captivated by his morbidity and uniqueness. The graphic beauty of each picture shot into my eyes and made my heart quicken. I had only planned to glance through the book, but within seconds I had become a slave to each work of art.
While definitely not for the....."Normal" person, anyone who loves the morbid and macabre will love this book with all their heart and soul. Beautiful, beautiful blood and violence. Femme nikita, freaks of nature, tortured souls and Dark Angels fill the pages of this magnificent masterpiece. BUY IT NOW!!! Hah...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Oct. 18 2000
When I saw that this book was being released again I jumped at the chance to finally get my hands on it..... and I wasn't disappointed! As the title suggests the works are extremely dark, some images even turned my stomach but there is no denying the talent and incredible detail this artist posesses. He is also somewhat of a contradiction, his images are dark and disturbing, yet at the same time he uses the most beautiful and inspiring colours to bring his characters to life. The book also has been published beautifully, you won't find any images lost in the fold, and the introduction is terrific, for a change they have put the artists progression from childhood drawings to today. All I can say is you have to get this book, no fantasy lover's book case is complete without it.......so what are you waiting for!
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I first saw this book some years ago, but stupidly failed to buy a copy before it went out of print. I was greatly releived to see that it`s available again and have remedied my error. The art of Gerald Brom is brilliantly executed and the print quality of this book is well up to Paper Tigers usual standards. Be warned however Darkwerks is a good title for this book and anybody looking for chocolate box art should look elsewhere. If you are willing to take a walk on the dark side however this is as good as it gets.
I have made sure I didn't repeat my mistake of years gone by, as soon as the follow up volume "Offerings" hit the shelf I grabbed a copy, not as immediate as Darkwerks, Broms style has matured and his images remain as hauntingly dark as ever. It is as you would expect excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisit world through Brom's eyes Oct. 11 2000
Once again Brom has left my imagination running wild. "Darkwerks" brings you some of the most hauntingly beautiful visions of fantasy. Things that were just descriptive prose come to life on page after page of this awesome book. Every painting tells a mystic story of its characters and delves into the subconscious of fantasy lovers everywhere. Don't leave this one to gather dust on a backroom bookshelf. Leave it on the coffee table where everyone can share this master artist's vision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darkwerks: The Art of Brom
Just pop in some FrontLine Assembly, VNV Nation, Funker Vogt, and Apoptygma Berserk mp3s, and browse through this amazing collection of sci fi/fantasy artwork from the master known... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by Ursula
5.0 out of 5 stars The Experience of Brom
Brom is the most amazing artist in the Fantasy genre. This book is a great buy if you love Fantasy art and you want to see a true master. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2002 by Clint Treadway
5.0 out of 5 stars Brom is a master of the limited pallet
There is no use comparing Brom to Vallejo or Franzetta. Brom has taken fantasy a step beyond the comic book muscles and garish colors of fanstasy artists like Rowena. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2002 by DeDragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy Art Book!
If you like to draw, like great art works, sci-fi, well fantasy art this book is for you. Brom his a great artist, very talented, his art book got lot of nice to weird art works. Read more
Published on July 21 2002 by Suzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brom a true master
If you do not know Brom this is a book to get you hooked. Brom may be best known for computer games such as "doom" or his trade card collections. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2002 by Ronald Vaneyk
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gothic Art of Brom
This book will stay on my shelf for years to come. I bought this book last year from...and it's one of my favorite. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2001 by Chris Wozniak
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
The last page of this book came to and end way too quickly. Simply amazing and inspiring.
Published on Sept. 10 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Brom retrospective
This book is astounding. If you're a fan of Brom specifically or dark fantasy in general, you should get this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2000 by Lynnette
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