"The world's greatest heroic fantasy artist, Frank Frazetta teams
with J. David Spurlock, the bestselling author of How to Draw
Chiller Monsters Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies for the all-new
art collection entitled, The Frazetta Sketchbook.
In the revolutionary artist's extensive, May 10, 2010 obituary, The
New York Times said, ""Frazetta helped define comic book (and)
fantasy heroes like Conan, Tarzan and John Carter of Mars signature
images were of strikingly fierce, hard-bodied heroes and bosomy,
callipygian damsels"" Frazetta took the sex and violence of the
pulp fiction of his youth and added even more action, fantasy and
potentcy, but rendered his works with a panache seldom seen outside
of Fine Art. Despite his sword-and-sorcery, science-fiction and
fantasy subject matter, the quality of the work has not only drawn
comparisons to the most brilliant of illustrators, Maxfield
Parrish, Frederic Remington, Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, J. Allen
St.John, and Joseph Clement Coll but even to the most brilliant of
fine artists including Rembrandt and Michelangelo" and major
Frazetta works sell for Fine Art prices. The November 24, 2003
Forbes magazine article Schwarzenegger's Sargent led with the line,
""Which artist helped make Arnold governor? Frank Frazetta, the
Rembrandt of barbarians.""
Vanguard created the comics and fantasy artist sketchbook boom with
editions on Al Williamson, Neal Adams, Wally Wood, Jeffrey Jones,
John Buscema, John Romita and Alex Horley. Vanguard continues both
their original sketchbook series and the Vanguard Frazetta Classics
series with The Frazetta Sketchbook which was planned shortly
before the icon of fantastic art's passing. The collection is
brimming with rare and previously unpublished drawings and painting
preliminaries of the subjects Frazetta is best remembered for
including barbarians, wild beasts, Tarzan, buxom beauties, monsters
and Conan. Foreword by New Yorker cover artist Peter de Seve
All editions feature big, 8.5"" x 11"" lavish illustrated,
full-color pages with text."
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