Charles Vess is one of the most revered artists in the field of fantasy and comic art. The three-time Eisner Award winner has worked on some of the most recognizable comic properties of all time, including Jeff Smithâ€™s Rose and Neil Gaimanâ€™s Sandman, a retelling of Shakespeareâ€™s A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream, for which he and Gaiman shared the prestigious World Fantasy Award.
For over thirty years Vess has positioned himself, through his art, as the best fantasy illustrator in recent history.
Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess collects decades of the artistâ€™s unparalleled work and is scheduled to be released by Dark Horse on December 23, 2009. The hardcover, full-color, 200-page book costs $39.99.
But as a special treat, Dark Horse is happy to announce that the entire book is now available on darkhorse.com for collectors, art connoisseurs, and newly introduced fans to browse for free.
â€œThis book has taken a bit over two years from the completion of my initial layouts to actually seeing print,â€ said Vess.Â â€œSo, in an effort to make certain that you know that the book will indeed be available this December, we are giving you a sneak peak of the entire 200 pages.â€
â€œAbove all,â€ Vess continued, â€œthereâ€™s the unique opportunity to view all the projects that youâ€™d never have a chance to see except in a book like this: a 16â€™ bronze sculpture, event posters for local organizations, private commissions and previously unpublished paintings done just for the pure pleasure of doing them.â€
Vessâ€™s art immerses readers into a place of such fantasy and grandeur, one hopes to stay forever lost in the beauty. His masterful use of paint and brush stand out in an age of digital design, harking back to the golden age of illustration.
Dark Horse invites you to step into a realm of imagination and wonder. Anyone interested is welcome to join the magical journey.
To enter the world of Charles Vess, direct your browser to: darkhorse.com/features/ecomics and click on the Drawing Down the Moon icon.