Vision Illustrated Volume 2 edited by Hugo Bravo (book review).

It looks like Vision Illustrated Volume 2 is the last to come out of these publications. Like Volume 1, it’s a 2-page sampler of 16 fantasy artists and, this time, includes sculpturers showing how they created a single piece of work. As such, you see which uses models and given details about the medium they work in.

Text itself is minimal which is a shame because I’m sure the least experienced would like to know more about the materials used and any extra thoughts each artist has about their work. I did note it interesting how many were using oils against acrylics, using a more paler colour palate showing you don’t have to use the richness of colours as we attribute to the older masters of this craft.

The artists this time are: Alessandra Pisano, Allen Douglas, Annie Stegg, Arantza Sestayo, Carly Mazur, Kristine and Colin Poole, Daniel Chudzinski, Don Maitz, Donato Giancola, Hugo Bravo, James Herrmann, Jason Cheeseman-Meyer, Jeff Miracola, Jorge Farfán, Justin Gerrardd, Kelley Henning, Linda Adair, Lindsey Look, Mike Sass, Patrick J. Jones, Rob Rey, Ruth Sanderson, Sanjulian, Sarah Finnigan, Steve Ferris, Tran Nguyen, Vanessa Lemen and Winona Nelson. Oddly, although there are page numbers in the opening artist index, there aren’t any on the pages themselves.

I recognised at least three of the artists in that list. Picking our favourite pieces of art is a lot tougher. I think Colin Poole’s three armed lady certainly unusual and the only one with two entries, although the second is a sculpture. Lindsay Look’s pirate is fun. Throughout, there are a variety of colour palates and more than enough to give you some clues in their preparation.

GF Willmetts

August 2022

(pub: Vision Illustrated, 2018. 66 page illustrated softcover. Price:  I pulled my copy for about £11.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-72689-299-5)

check out website: www.visionillustrated.com


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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