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Dragon's Dream: Roger Dean Hardcover – Oct 20 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (Oct. 20 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006162697X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061626975
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 29 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #820,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2f453b4) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f73a68) out of 5 stars "the grand epiphany" Oct. 28 2008
By Edward A. Schatz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It has been many years since I sat with Roger Dean in San Francisco. It was the release of his second oeuvre, Magnetic Storm. Thta book was an amazing work that I felt certain could never be topped............well, I was wrong. This volume, is so full of ideas, text, images, and more, it is scarcely to be contained between it's two covers. It is more than I could have ever expected frankly. It defies words and can only be experienced. So, that being said, get a copy and do so.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f73abc) out of 5 stars Not Disappointed April 3 2009
By T. Hopf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a great value. I've owned a few coffee-table art books, & this one is a keeper. Any fan of atmospheric fantasy art depicting nature will appreciate this publication. The price is right, so I purchased two & gave one as a gift to a friend of mine who, like me, is an avid fan of the progressive rock band "Yes". This work details many of Roger's commercial endeavor's in "new media" (computer games) & logos / company branding. Towards the end there's many pages dedicated to his architectural ideas. One thing that struck me was the comment (paraphrased): "If there's a piece that's still in Roger's studio, it is always subject to additional modifications." When this fellow has an idea, it becomes a study that remains a work-in-progress for years . . . often decades. I was struck by the number & complexity of sketches & mock-ups that Roger does as he fleshes out his ideas. When viewing Roger's imaginative landscapes, I often I think to myself "This looks like a very lonely, isolated & perhaps hostile place, but I'd love to take a long vacation there!"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f73d98) out of 5 stars Incredible update on the career of Roger Dean Dec 6 2008
By Thomas Luth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having seen Roger Dean's work since High School on album covers (back when we had records, not CDs) such as Yes' Fragile, I bought his first book "Views" as soon as it came out back in '76. I was enthralled with his work, and wore out more than one copy of this book.

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.
HASH(0xa2f73c90) out of 5 stars Dragon's Dream is a Masterpiece! March 13 2009
By Glenn Weissel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Since 1973 I have admired Mr. Dean's visionary art. His art has influenced my life in so many ways, I am inspired every time I open one of his books [and I have all of them].

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!
HASH(0xa2f73e7c) out of 5 stars Gorgeous artwork Feb. 8 2014
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
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Dean's iconic Yes cover might be more recognizable today that the music it adorned. Although magnificent, they're far from Dean's only work and very possibly not his finest. They're certainly not his most ambitious, as his sleek, biomorphic home shows - architecture has always be among his interests, and a photo tour of this baffling but comfortable house shows.

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.

-- wiredweird

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