For today’s art post I wanted to share a few new art books I’ve acquired recently. I swear, at some point, I will actually have my OWN art here on the blog again, but man….life. Lately it’s been taking priority. Anywho, onto the awesome art!
First up was a Kickstarter project I backed for the book Exodus: The Art of Michael C. Hayes. This was actually his third art book (all via Kickstarter I do believe!) and it was worth every penny of my pledge.
I also completely forgot I’d selected the reward for his second book as well, so imagine my delight when I opened the package and got not one, but two art books! It also came with this signed print, only for backers of the project.
The pictures don’t do it justice, but the way Hayes renders skin in oil just makes me shiver. It is so painterly, not photo realistic, and yet it is so alive that I could reach out and touch it. I can’t handle it. So good. The art inside is so gorgeous, and I love that many pieces include process examples like the one below, so you can really see how each piece starts and comes together.
I don’t know if you can order Exodus anywhere, but Awaken (Volume 2) is still available here on his site, and you’ll find links to buy prints there as well.
The second book is one my partner, Chris, actually snagged that I can’t wait to pore over. For those who don’t know, Chris is a huge Magic the Gathering buff; not only does he play, but he is in fact a Level 2 MTG Judge as well as an Area Representative for the state! It’s pretty sweet; he travels all over judging tournaments and such. Anywho, I’m getting off topic. The point is, he pre-ordered this glorious book and it finally arrived.
I know nothing about MTG, other than the basic rules, but man do those cards have some great art. This book is huge (239 pages!) and packed with loads of great art to look at. I am huge fan of architectural and environmental illustrations, especially fantasy based, and this book has so much of it to drool over.
Not to mention fantastic character art, like this awesome lady.
If you’d like to purchase a copy, it’s available on good ole Amazon!
Have you gotten any awesome new art or art books lately? Share below!