Dragon's Dream: Roger Dean Hardcover – Oct 20 2008
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About the Author
Roger Dean is internationally acclaimed as an artist and designer whose evocative and visionary images created a new genre. Made popular through the medium of album covers and posters, his work has sold in excess of 100 million copies. Roger became widely known in the 1970s for his album cover designs for Yes—including the classic logo now in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London—and a poll of Rolling Stone readers selected five of his designs in the top twenty best album covers of all time.
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I also enjoyed his second book, "Magnetic Storm," but was not as excited by it as the original. Thirty years later comes the release of "Dragon's Dream," and I am just as excited in seeing the evolution of Dean's work, as I was at reading the original "Views."
Roger Dean has evolved form medium sized watercolor paintings to large, sometimes huge, acrylic paintings, but has not strayed from the fantastic imagery that is his trademark. This is not to say he is simply repeating old trick, by any means. While maintaining the other-worldliness of his older work, he has also continued his journey deeper into these worlds, finding new ways to communicate with the viewer. Combined with the larger formats and newer painting techniques, Dean provides us with numerous new images to keep fans enthralled once again. I have been so pleased with this book, and the hardcover format, that I have purchased additional copies for friends I expect will be equally thrilled. As an aside, Mike Kaluta fans will be thrilled to see a couple of pages of his work included, on a project Dean and Kaluta collaborated on.
This book is everything I had hoped for, and I am also thrilled to see that a hardcover re-issue of "Views" is about to be released.
As a nature photographer I use Mr. Dean's work to influence my art. The text that accompanies the illustrations is phenom because it gives us insight into the art and what Mr. Dean was feeling and thinking to produce his art.
The architecture in the villages and hotels is futuristic and provides a sense of the familiar at the same time. Working with the lay of the land the hobbit-like villages is very attractive. The curved spaces feel very safe and secure - even to this 52 year old guy!
Mr. Dean - I live on 20 acres in the middle of a forest reserve - let's create one of your villages here! :-)
I had the great honor to meet Mr. Dean 5 years ago at a Yes concert in Seattle. He was a treat to talk with for a few minutes during the set break. The man is genuine!
Cheers from the Forest!
Anyone interested in fantasy art needs to know about Dean. His style from the 1970s forward has been a huge influence in the field - it's hard to deny his artistic heritage, for example, in the floating mountains of Avatar, and subtler hints appear seemingly everywhere. As a bonus, this book describes some of the painstaking craftsmanship that goes into his amazing paintings.