If you are looking for some last minute holiday gifts, I can highly recommend these two books by Sergio Toppi, both from a narrative story and artistic point of view. Sergio is a genus when it comes to page layouts, for even how he handles word balloons displays mastery in design. Below are a few page samples from Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights.
My artistic heart beats wildly with every page turn in these books as my eye meets the unexpected, page after page.
Born in 1967 and raised in Colchester, Vermont, USA, art was always a hobby for Donato as a young man, he would steal away into the basement of his parents' home to work on drawings, create his own maps for the game Dungeons & Dragons, paint figurines, read comics, and construct model tanks and dinosaurs. His love of imaginative play dominated his childhood, both indoors and out. At the age of twenty Donato enrolled in his first formal art class, the beginning of his professional training. Immediately after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 1992, Donato moved to New York City to immerse himself in the inspired and varied art scene. Formative years in the early nineties were spent as the studio assistant to the preeminent figure painter Vincent Desiderio, and long days of study in the museums of New York. It was then that his love and appreciation of classical figurative art took hold. He continues his training even now, visiting museums regularly, learning from and sometimes copying original paintings by Rembrandt or Rubens, attending life drawing sessions with illustrator friends and constantly challenges himself within each new project. Pilgrimages to major museums are his preferred reason to travel.
Donato has released a revised hard cover compilation of his works on the theme of J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend from Dark Horse Comics.
Great artist! Now one of my favorites thanks Don!
I will jump in and give my whole-hearted thumbs up. These two books just keep giving in the way of discovery and pure, “Wow, I wish I'd have thought of that,” joy.
So elegant it hurts.
I rembember as a teenager tossing some comics away by him, because they freaked me out in some way. But thanks reminding me of Toppi, i'll give it a second try, his compositions and decorative style are excellent.
I'm flabbergasted; the mastery of lines here is really amazing. I wonder how Sergio did this. Pen? Brush? Both? Other tools?
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Amazing,Really very beautiful. If I could draw like that maybe now I become a comic book writer
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Since 30 years ago I've been admiring every single frame and composition of Toppi. It is a pity he passed away a couple of years ago, since he was the most talented cover artist in Europe when the comic boom happened in the 80's.
Check some colour cover from him. He is simply awesome!
Wow! His work is so GREAT! I must get….
Yep, Toppi is tops. (Didn’t anyone say that yet?) Every page blows you away. What’s his secret? I’m guessing it’s the mix of audacious composition and the complex, ever-varying patterning of his linework. In this connection I remember years ago feeling that his work was too flat (and stylized) for my taste, but looking at the examples above have made me revise this a bit — the modelling of many of his forms is masterly and quite sculptural, but deliberately left understated.