Joe Jusko is one of the best known fantasy, pin-up and comic artists around. The Art of Joe Jusko is a compilation of his work spanning a career of over 30 years. This is one thick 328-page hardcover book.
The book starts off with a first-person biography by Joe Jusko himself. There you'll read about his childhood, his family — pretty mom, gambling addict dad and dependable brother — and how he fell in love with drawing. The stories are filled with details and it's pretty amazing he can remember so much of what he did as a kid. Among them, it's most interesting to learn that he was actually a cop once involved in shootings and delivering babies in hallways. The 6-page biography, though short, is wonderfully written.
The rest of the book is the portfolio of his illustrious career. He has drawn for different genres like fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, pulp fiction and super-heroes. Titles include — deep breath in — Vampirella, Sojourn, Conan, Star Wars, Tarzan, Tomb Raider, Spider-man and various other superheroes, and many more.
His work has appeared on books, magazines, cards and even a person's back as tattoo! Most of the illustrations collected here are covers, with several sketches and, right at the back, some sequential art and a tutorial. The tutorial is actually his workflow at creating traditional art.
Every illustration in the book is captioned by Joe Jusko. There's an incredible amount of information to read. He talks about everything. It can him admitting to his dumbest drawing of Hans Solo fighting a giant otter, talking about framing a machine gun welding bikini-clad warrior with the mouth of a demon, or describing "Holy Sh*t" expressions of side-characters.
This book is a impressive gallery of work, with plenty to read. It's highly recommended to any fans of Joe Jusko.
You can check out more of his work at www.joejusko.com
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