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Icon: A Retrospective By the Grand Master Of Fantastic Art Paperback – Sep 26 2003

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887424717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887424714
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.9 x 31.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #442,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is going to make Frank Frazetta fans very, very happy. Icon: A Retrospective by the Grand Master of Fantastic Art Frank Frazetta is a comprehensive look at the work of one of the world's most influential fantasy artists. Frazetta's entire career is covered, from his earliest work on L'il Abner to his unused poster art for Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk Till Dawn; from his powerful interpretations of Robert E. Howard's Conan character to his whimsical Hollywood parodies. More than a hundred full color prints of Frazetta's most representative work are collected here in a single handsome edition, along with photographs of the artist and his studio, quotes, and testimonial biography.

The subject matter of Frazetta's work is familiar--brawny warriors, buxom enchantresses, and terrifying monsters--but he manages to infuse them with a rare charisma. His figures are sublime, at once naturalistic and hyper-real, and his vivid use of colors startles the eye again and again. Incredibly, this collection manages to do justice to his decades of award-winning work. Icon is a must for the serious Frazetta enthusiast. --Brendan J. LaSalle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
This is "Icon," which is book one of three, all of which are now available. Even though all three discuss all eras of his life and career, this Icon book is probably the best one to start with, since it shows many of the works that made him famous.
This book has a bunch of the Edgar Rice Burroughs paperback cover paintings, (Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, etc.), and Conan the Barbarian covers, too. The text explains how the Frazetta paintings on the paperback book covers were responsible for outrageously high sales of these paperback books. This is probably what Frazetta is most famous for, these paperback covers that started a trend of sci-fi fantasy paintings that were as brutally dangerous as they are beautifully painted.
This book discusses Frank Frazetta's early childhood art, how he got into illustrating and comic books, comic strip work ghosting Lil' Abner for Al Capp, being wooed by Hollywood stars, doing movie posters during different decades, etc.
All three books discuss the same eras, but with different details and commentary from different friends and associates. There are also plenty of insightful quotes from Frank in all three books, which explain his outlook concerning his artwork and doing business with his artwork over 5 decades.
I remember Frazetta best for his Molly Hatchet album covers, which are both in this "Icon" book, but they are credited to the original paperback covers that they were first commisioned for, so Molly Hatchet is not mentioned.
To me, a kid in the 1970's, Frazetta was recognized as an expert in his own category, but his work was not common to come across. So I am very pleased with all three books in this trilogy, that finally brings most of his career together in three nicely made art books.
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Format: Hardcover
Frank Frazetta is a genius who set the standard for modern fantasy illustration. When I say "modern" I mean for the last few decades. (Of course, there were more than a few great american illustrators in the first half of the 20th century, the most prominent of them the legendary James Allen St. John, who actually devised the look of heroic fantasy as we know it today.)
Anyways, Frazetta was and still is the most influental artist in the field, one whose unique style was imitated by generations of artists throughout the world.
"Icon", the largest collection of his art ever assembled in a single volume brings not only his classic images of jungle princesses, luscious femme fatales, mighty warriors, brutal barbarians and strange beasts (often alongside their revised versions, more or less different than those originally published), this beautifully edited monograph as well evokes the spirit of an era in which those artworks were created. Every painting has its story, and by reading notes about them we learn a thing or three about other protagonists of the golden age of american pulp culture. Indeed, there were titans in those days, artists who "touched people's lives with a stroke of their pen, or flourish of their brush" - as quoted in Frazetta's biography. Taking a look at all these masterpieces, one alongside another, all compiled in one book, one fully realizes the magnitude of Frazetta's impact on contemporary fantasy illustration.
His depth of imagination and superb art technique remains unsurpassed all these years.
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Format: Hardcover
Frazetta can capture life better than any camera. His images are more than alive they are surreal. The action and movement leap off the page. The women are more beautiful and voluptuous than any you may ever meet or dream of. The men are believable in their musculature, stance and prowess, and are harder than a rock. His beasts and cats are more tawny, serpentine and ferocious than any fantasy author or movie maker could conjure up. His armor is harder and more metallic than seems possible. And its all here in "Icon".
Frazetta can lead your eye and cause you to see what he wants you to see. His structure and framing are flawless. Frazetta does not paint posed characters in heroic staged scenes. Frazetta takes a snap shot of life in its most vivid and lush moving existence, or in its near death harshness and puts it on canvas. Even his non-moving figures fairly ripple with life and energy. And you can see examples of it all in "Icon".
Their are only two perfect matches in the art world and they both have the master Frank Frazetta as the second component. The first is author Edgar Rice Burroughs and the second is Robert E. Howard's Conan. Frazetta made Burroughs' work come to life in beautiful, brutish livid reality. Frazetta made Conan the beleivable, powerful, war-torn thug he was. Almost all of these pieces are contained in "Icon".
I wish I were a Frazetta hero and could rescue and succor a Frazetta female. But, since I can't I'll just have to settle down in my easy chair and browse through "Icon" again.
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Format: Hardcover
I've admired Frank Frazetta's work for many many years. In this book I really studied his use of color. I'll look at a picture and then start to pick out color combinations - dark colors vs. light colors, warm color vs. cool color, complimentary colors, etc. How did he ever think of using this color with that color? Just a little dab will do it here and there. It's a real education.
The brushwork too is something to behold. The different techniques just on an old fallen tree or in a foot that vanishes into the ground colors. I love his green moss on trees and roots.
I have quite a few favorite artists. Most of them are illustrators. N.C. Wyeth (and only N.C.), Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, Alphonse Mucha, J.C. Leyendecker, Hal Foster (Prince Valiant), Walt Kelly (Pogo), Frederic Remington, Maxfield Parrish and a lot of the art that comes out of the Walt Disney Studios. With Mr. Frazetta's work it's everything and more; it's action, color and most important - it's passion. His passion comes through in his art with undeniable strength.
This is a great book showing some of the work of a great artist. You can't go wrong buying this book. As an artist, this book is a condensed course in how it can be done. A picture is worth a thousand words; this book speaks a whole language.
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