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The Art Of Dragon Magazine Hardcover – Jan 16 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (Jan. 16 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977677869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977677863
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #618,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good, but could be better. May 6 2007
By Jason Bryant Cohoon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While many of the picures within are visually stunning, I felt they left out some of the best artwork in favor of some rather crude ones. All in all I'd say I liked about 30% of the artwork in the book, and I wish the other 70% could have been exchanged for better works I've seen in past issues of Dragon. Maybe there will be a volume 2.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
160 pages for 30 years of coolness? March 10 2008
By M. Cristel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I jumped when I first saw this, mainly because covers and artwork inserts from the magazines adorned my bedroom and office when I was younger. Larry Elmore was my favorite at the time, but then Todd Lockwood came along and changed everything.

I for one agreed with another reviewer: Not enough sauce. Dragon was a staple of RPG fandom for 30 years, and I felt the collection was a little light. Several of my more favorite artists were scarcely mentioned, and I thought a lot more attention was paid to the more recent 3rd edition art than earlier works from the 80s and 90s. For God's sake, add another hundred pages and give it some meat!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Unexpected, and Highly Enjoyable for All Fans of Fantasy Art Aug. 6 2007
By CB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've always been impressed with the high quality of the artwork in my D&D books - especially with the new generation of artists, like Wayne Reynolds and Todd Lockwood. The Art of Dragon Magazine holds to that standard.

A nice retrospective of 30 years of Dragon magazine cover and interior art, The Art of Dragon Magazine includes work from Larry Elmore, Clyde Caldwell, Brom, and many others, chronicling not only how D&D fantasy artwork has ebbed and flowed over the years, but how tastes and interpretations of classic characters have changed. Also, this book is chock-full of art. Neatly separated into broad categories (such as "magic" and "dragons") you'll find artistic interpretations of daring rogues, fiendish liches, gruff dwarves, and many other characters and settings that will fire your imagination. All of the art is well reproduced and clear - not blurry, and the book is put together well.

There are only two items that I feel keep this book from getting a five-star rating: first, it is too brief; while there is a large selection of art, one can't help but feel there are more gems out there (I hope a second collection is in the works!). Second, some of my favorite artists (most notably Todd Lockwood) are not as well-represented as I might have liked. Overall, however, fans of D&D, as well as fantasy art enthusiasts in general (including those who enjoy the annual Spectrum collections) will be pleased to add this to their libraries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
who was making the decisions? Nov. 27 2012
By noise pollution - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dragon has had some great covers over the years, but my favorites were by far the chess ones. In fact, I bought the book mostly to get these, knowing that there would be some good Elmore, Parkinson, etc., pieces as well. Well, whoever was making the decisions for the book didn't think much of my favorites, because they were grouped 2 or 3 on a page. Why would I buy a book of the covers to get a printing of the artwork smaller than the original? I know that not every cover could be included, and everyone has their favorites, but I have learned my lesson. From now on, if I want to look at some artwork, I'll just search for it on the internet and be satisfied with whatever I find. This book was not well thought out at all. It may seem boring, but sequentially ordering the art by publication order would have shown how the covers changed over the years--not just styles, but also printing capabilities, and they could have even showed how much text was laid over the image as the years progressed. I am only giving it 2 stars because it still has some 5-star art inside, and some of it is nicely produced on a full page.
It is exactly what I hoped it would be.... Dec 23 2013
By Knightwind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book brought back many memories of great covers of Dragon Magazine, as well as interesting articles, and more to the point, memories of playing D&D with some really fun people. Sure, some good art is not included, but the operating word here is "art", which is definitely in the Eye of the Beholder.


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