Book Review: Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dave Dorman

Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dave Dorman

Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dave Dorman

IDW and Desperado publishing have been putting up some really great art books lately. This one for Dave Dorman is another quality book. It's a pretty thick hardcover at 328 pages, not the 256 pages listed by Amazon.

The book is packed with hundreds of beautiful paintings spanning his entire career, some dating back to 1978 when he's just starting out. Almost every piece of art is accompanied by commentary, giving us interesting background stories and sometimes insight into how he paints. The paintings are all wonderfully detailed and printed large.

The work are grouped into chapters under comics, gaming, illustration, Aliens/Predator, Lucasfilm, Wasted Lands and personal works. You'll see work he has created for DC, Marvel, GI Joe, Battlestar Galactica, Magic the Gathering, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and a lot of titles I've not seen before. There are even examples of him drawing in manga style for the series Robotech while finding work.

The strange thing is, as most of the work aren't dated, it seems like he acquired amazing drawing skills straightaway in the early days, judging by the quality of art showcased.

In the foreword, it's mentioned that this is only half of Dave Dorman's key works. Let's hope there's a second volume.

Fantastic book.

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This book was borrowed from Basheer Graphic Books for review purposes. You can order the book from them. Check with Basheer on Facebook or visit their website.

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