Book Review: Alex Horley Sketchbook

Alex Horley Sketchbook

One can easily see the influences of Jack Kirby or Frank Frazetta but Alex Horley is more versatile than he seems, applying his craft to superheroes from Marvel & DC, Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft and other projects.

Sketches form the bulk of the book. There are sketchy drafts and compositions of epic fight scenes, beautifully shaded characters portraits and saucy heroines and femme fatales. The cool sketches show his groundwork and preparation. His knowledge of anatomy, just like artists he admires, is masterly and always evident.

Included also are a few pieces of coloured illustrations. Alex Horley still paints in traditional medium and you can even see the textures of his board from these illustrations. The paintings are gorgeous and captivating, but also too few which make me realise that it doesn't, surely, represent all the work he has done. I like his Venom, Hellboy, Vampirella and the very colourful World of Warcraft art.

Nice book for fantasy art lovers and Alex Horley fans.

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Alex Horley's art jumps off the page, grabs you by the throat, and smashes your f#©%ing head against the wall until you beg for mercy. Complete mind-numbing artistic devastation! -- ROB ZOMBIE, Rockstar & Filmmaker

I knew that working with Alex was going to be a piece of cake when I saw the first card he did for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. He nailed everything. Mighty characters wielding huge weapons, dynamic poses, and bold, saturated colors. Another amazing thing is that he can actually paint! In the age of digital art, it gives me joy that there are still artists out there doing it the way the masters have for ages. Well done, Alex. Keep bringing it. -- Sam Didier, Senior Art Director, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Alex Rocks!!! Every one of his paintbrush strokes is like a sword slash of our favorite barbarian in the newest Sword and Sorcery epic. -- Gene Simmons (KISS co-founder & Bassist)

Alex's painting hits with the impact of a wild beast charging at full speed. Vitality and clarity of line blend with lush, feral color and expert technique all his own. -- Dan Brereton, Fan-favorite artist-writer-creator of The Nocturnals

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