Fairies

Fairies

Book - 2006 | 1st DH Press ed.
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Yoshitaka Amano's lush ethereal paintings of magical creatures, spirits, goblins and apparitions have been praised and admired all over the world. In Fairies, he turns his considerable talent to capturing in breathtaking images characters from such beloved stories as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the wizard Merlin and his muse the intoxicating Nimue, mermaids of the deep as well as his interpretation of fairies from Celtic and Japanese mythology.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : DH Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.
Edition: 1st DH Press ed.
ISBN: 9781595820624
1595820620
Branch Call Number: 758.9398 AMANO
Characteristics: 80 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm.
Additional Contributors: Nieh, Camellia

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KelseyPaige Aug 02, 2011

Beautiful and strange. I mostly requested this because the cover art looked Kay Nielsen-esque; looking at the inside I found that but also saw a lot of Arthur Rackham in the artist's style. (A compliment as those are a couple of my favorite fairy tale illustrators.) I was not at all familiar with Yoshitaka Amano's artwork, so this was a pleasant discovery. There was good variety. I loved the texture and the use of color--sometimes chaotically vibrant, other times soft and sensitive--and how suitable the style was for depicting fey. My biggest complaint was the fairies' tendency to forgo clothing. Thankfully it wasn't too detailed in that area.
As for the writing itself: it was a very quick read. Most pages had only short paragraphs or poems--describing the different types of fairies or possibly telling a quick tale about them--with a longer discussion at the very end. Quite fairy tale reminiscent. This book combines two of my favorite things--art and fairy tales.

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