Reviews - What do customers think about Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio?
A feast for the eyes Jun 8, 2007
I have to admit, I love art books and Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio is amazing. There's something about seeing a single artist's work over time--you can see growth, change, and the breadth of work that you don't get from a now and again reminder as you see a book cover or art show. Picacio has done an impressive amount of book covers that I recognize as ones that got me to pick the book up and take a closer look.
Most of the artwork is on one page so you don't have that terrible dip in the middle as it bridges the binding. Each piece of art has a short piece about the thought and crafting that went into developing the work. There are often one or more sketches of basic ideas. It's a bit daunting to realize how closely the original concept sketch and the final piece agree. The end of the book has an interview with John Picacio by Joseph McCabe. The interview ranges over John's childhood, school years, architectural training, techniques, and life in general.
Picacio's work has a lot of texture and I'd often, as I browsed through the book after my first reading, stop and reach out a finger to brush across the texture only to find that it was the glossy paper under my fingers. Even reproduced in a book, the art remains captivating and entrancing.
visionary at work Oct 21, 2006
In the last ten or so years John Picacio has quickly established himself as one of the finest artists working in the science fiction field. This remarkable book collects Picacio's work in stunning color (larger than the book covers on which they first appeared), along with preliminary sketches, and Picacio's own words. His work is so breathtaking, draws you in so quickly, that one balks at imagining where this young artists career may ultimately take him.
Mind-bogglingly gorgeous May 26, 2006
John Picacio has more god-given talent than any human being has a right to. I remember being quite impressed by his cover for the Mojo Press edition of Moorcock's "Behold the Man" (almost a full decade ago now--has it REALLY been that long!?) and Picacio's only gone on to prove that was the faintest hint of things to come. Whether he's putting together three dimensional cover layouts, making his own fresh take on SF classics such as Fred Pohl's "Gateway," Walter M. Miller Jr.'s "A Canticle for Leibowitz" or Harlan Ellison's landmark "Dangerous Visions," Picacio delivers. And that's not even considering his inspired cover art for Chris Roberson's "Here, There & Everywhere," Jess Nevin's "Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana," Rick Klaw's "Geek Confidential" or Lou Anders' "Live Without a Net." Picacio takes an unbelievably wide range of subject matter and turns out unique, beautiful and--dare I say it?--iconic imagery, all the while making it look effortless.
Picacio is, without a doubt, the first great genre illustrator of the 21st Century. If you buy only one art book this year, make it this one.