HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
The Land of the Long White Cloud (translation of the indigenous Maori name for New Zealand) is now the land of White Cloud Worlds.
The "Crème de la crème" of New Zealand fantasy art has just got a unique showcase in this fantastic book.
Featuring a collection of works from each of 27 individual artists, this book catalogues and illustrates a wide variety of art that has shaped and influenced pop culture not only in New Zealand, but throughout the world. Along with the stunning artworks, many created for this project, Paul Tobin has asked each artist to write about their motivations, dreams, techniques and influences.
Paul Tobin is uniquely placed to be the gathering force on this project, having worked for many years in Weta's design room on projects like The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong and Avatar and already having one book under his belt - The Crafting of Narnia. White Cloud Worlds is Paul's first book to be published through his own company Ignite Inc.
Like Paul, many of the artists work, or have at one time in their careers, worked at Weta Workshop and have helped shape movies such as The Lord Of The Rings, The Chronicles Of Narnia, King Kong, Avatar and District 9. Other artists have forged their own path and worked their unique brand of talent on gaming, graphic novels and comics.
With written contributions from some of the world's most celebrated leaders in the field of science fiction and fantasy art, such as Richard Taylor, Guillermo Del Toro, Alan Lee and John Howe this stunning book has received some of the most sought-after endorsements possible in the fantasy and science fiction genres.
From stark, terrifying, alien landscapes and creatures of terror and blighted evil, to paintings of sensual and evocative beauty; from the childlike vision of cuddlesome dwarves to the groteque and troubling visions of disturbing difference - White Cloud Worlds is guaranteed to stun and amaze.
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This is the standard hardcover edition.
Also available is a boxed limited edition specifically designed for discerning collectors. This comes in a slip case and is accompanied by a signed fine art print by one of four artists; Christian Pearce, Gino Acevedo, Gus Hunter or Stephen Crowe. Read more about this limited edition.
An Exhibition will accompany the book. This opens on December 11th and runs until 13 March 2011 at TheNewDowse | FREE ENTRY
Guillermo del Toro
Alan Lee and John Howe
With a few pages devoted to each artist this book is chock... Read more.
With a few pages devoted to each artist this book is chock full of a brilliant variety of Aotearoa's finest art. Different mediums from computer to traditional and sculpture mean your eyes are treated to a constant spread of passion and fervor. Interesting bio write-ups too. Greg... Fascinating. Hide.
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Undoubtable Kiwi Ingenuity
A stunningly beautiful book. It's almost impossible to flick through a few... Read more.
A stunningly beautiful book. It's almost impossible to flick through a few pages and not have a heart attack from sighting too much artistic goodness. I love the idea behind this book - devoting a few pages to each Kiwi artist and allowing them to write their own paragraphs. While each voice and each piece of art is unique, what unifies them is the undeniable Kiwi imagination behind every sumptuous image. A remarkable book; I only hope there's more! Hide.
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