Viscreal: The Art Of Jason Edmiston (book review).

February 19, 2021 | By | Reply More

I did wonder why I hadn’t come across Jason Edmiston before, but reading this book, it became pretty obvious that his work is mostly seen on the other side of the pond, especially his native Canada and I don’t really see enough US magazines and boxed figures anymore.

What makes this book so useful is Edmiston gives the dimensions of all the pictures he creates and there are many examples of how he puts them together, usually from pencil to a sepia underlayer before building up to full colour. The underlay is important as it determines the placement of dark and light tones before you get into detail. He also likes Liquidtex, my acrylic of choice, so we’re totally on the same page so to speak. Edmiston tends to use digital only in preparation, not in the full work.

Oh, he’s also a total geek with a large collection of action figures from youth to adult and a perchance for horror and ‘Star Wars’ and a perchance for villains, so expect a lot of monster pictures here. They vary from total realism to slight exaggerations as he adapts to what his clients need for any particular project. A lesson for all your budding artists out there, being versatile shows a lot in your way of thinking.

The interview by Rob Jones with Edmiston is littered with bad language which makes this book a bad choice for younger readers. Yes, I know we see bad language all the time but not even an asterisk here. Jones started using it and should have known better. Saying that, the interview does explore Edmiston’s career and the point when there is a need to break away from an agent, although you certainly need them at the start of your art career in establishing your name.

The art in this book will undoubtedly sell this book, especially to horror fans and from those of us on this side of the pond will be adding to their artbook collection.

GF Willmetts

December 2020

(pub: Cernunnos/Abrams, 2019. 287 page illustrated large hardback. Price: £35.00 (UK), $50.00 (US), $60.00 (CAN), 40euro (EUR). ISBN: 978-2-37495002-0)

check out websites: https://abramsbooks.com/imprints/cernunnos/ and http://jasonedmiston.com/



Category: Books, Illustration

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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