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The Art Of Al Rio Volume 1 [Paperback]

Al Rio
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July 25 2004
Brazil is world famous for its drop-dead gorgeous women, so who has a better background in illustrating the fairer sex than one of Brazil's own? While superheroes are fun to draw, Al's first love is the female form! In this first volume of private works, Rio demonstrates that fondness for the curves and bumps that make life so worth living in a collection of artwork that glows with tropical heat! Enter the torrid zone of Rio's passionate side and see the wilder side of this most amazing artist!

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3.0 out of 5 stars beau livre,Al Rio est tout un artiste April 14 2012
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les desseins sont très beau mais j'aurais préféré qu'ils soient en couleur.Al Rio est un excellent dessinateur et ses oeuvres sont encore plus belles quand elles sont en couleur
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great bargain for Al Rio fans Aug. 8 2005
By JH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The front and back cover is colored, but all illustrations inside are black and white, like the majority of his work on his website. I have browsed Al Rio's entire picture archive on his website, and I would say roughly half of the images in the book are not posted on his website, so that was a nice bonus. A few of the pictures are somewhat explicit, so not for the younger viewer. A great buy in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL BAD GIRLS Aug. 1 2005
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
SQP presents the first volume of the art of Brazilian artist Al Rio who has worked for Marvel, DC, and Image among many others. Al Rio has a sensuous, powerful, and yet playful style and he can very from finely detailed pen & ink illustrations to slyly comical works where you have to pay attention to everything going on in the background. This volume presents a rather eclectic sampling of the artist's work from rough pencil sketches to finished pen & ink illustrations.

A major theme throughout the book is jungle women or cave women, some in the midst of battle with giant reptiles or apes, and some where they are simply lying demurely, frolicking with other jungle life. While modern, it reminds me of the great art on the 30's and 40's jungle pulps as Al Rio does a great job conveying the action and movements in his works. Besides the jungle themes, you'll find themes of horror, fantasy, bondage, angels, rockers, lesbians, and gun-blazing action. His Lara Croft pieces are particularly outstanding. Al Rio's art is very crisp with clean lines and amazing detail, particularly in his backdrops.

The back cover sports a beautiful nude medusa in full color, smiling as she holds a skull, while her serpents writhe about. In an outstanding piece called "Fuzzy Muffin" a lovely blonde seductress leans against her bed, holding a stuffed animal in a `strategic' location over her body. "Ice Cream Dream" is an almost Mad Magazine-like scene with two very buxom women walking their dogs while the cartoon like men gawk in the background at the pair of beauties. There are many pieces that harkens back to the classic pin-up days of the 40's and 50's such as the one depicting a sexy, topless artist, hard at work and thy shy, pony-tailed girl looking back over her right shoulder.

The collection features both nude and non-nudes in a truly mesmerizing collection of gorgeous women. Al Rio is an artist supremely talented and capable of working in any form or genre but his beautiful women are certainly the highlight of his work and a must have for anyone who is a fan of erotic or pin-up style art.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice art! July 29 2013
By Bloodsigns - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge Al Rio fan and I like this artbook!

However:
Most of the drawings are not coloured.
And it's very short.

Nevertheless I don't regret my buying decision.
I also bought The Art of Al Rio Volume 2
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sketchbook Nov. 21 2011
By Luis David Gomez Delgado - Published on Amazon.com
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Al Rio is a comic book artist who focuses his work in drawing the female body.

Stands out as a great artist and very clean, and this sketchbook shows that it still is even in his sketches. A book with enough pages, a good quality and a clean printing and correct. This book is more than a sketchbook because we could watch colour drawings, ink, pencil and great illustration.

This work is the first in a list published sketchbooks with the same publisher. I have the 1 and 2, and I suppose they will gradually going further because it is a prolific artist.

I miss his autograph at first page, but it forces you to have to visit some Comic-Con to get a personalized autograph.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected Oct. 6 2005
By S. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book was okay. I have a print I bought from Al Rio's website, and I love his style. There were some great pictures in the book, but I didn't expect to see the nude pictures. For $10 though, I didn't lose much money. In hindsight, I would not buy the book again.
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