on January 16, 2016
I read a lot of art books but never have I read on as inspirational as this one. Maybe it is just because I admire Johns work so much but I don't believe. The book is written as if John were talking to you face to face. He talks about his inspiration, materials,subject matter in down to earth sometime humorous way. The book is packed with images of initial sketches, wips, and finished pieces which helps you to discover how Johns work is birth. If you are in to fantasy art at all, buy it, you won't be disappointed
on April 28, 2009
For anybody who wants insight to how an established artist works, for anybody who's an artist and is curious about John Howe, for anybody who loves great art, this is a book for you!
John Howe not only divulges experiences gained from a decades long career in Art and Commercial Illustration, the reader is treated to some of his most famous masterpieces in a 'behind the scenes' tableau.
We see how he tackles each project as a theme - whether it's expressiveness, composition, design challenge - and are treated to the wisdom of his experience as he leads us through various stages of the work process.
Particularly intriguing is the section dealing with his own artistic workshop setup, as well as his findings concerning dealing with clientele and the industry in general.
This book is a great find, well written, and sure to peak the curiosity of the layman as well as satisfy and inspire more seasoned artists from beginner to intermediate level. Even advanced, veteran artists will glean some pearls of wisdom from John Howe's own experiences within the industry.
This book is priced well, won't break most bank accounts, and is well put together in thick, glossy inner pages, with a hard, soft cover on the outside.