The collected works of Julius Csotonyi, one of the world s most high profile and talented contemporary paleoartists Csotonyi has considerable academic expertise that contributes to his stunning dynamic art.Csotonyi represents the natural world photorealistically and has been influenced by natural history illustrators such as Peter Zallinger, Doug Henderson and Greg Paul He uses bold patterns and colors to paint the prehistoric world both with traditional media as well as modern digital techniques....
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The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi Reviews
First off, this is a visually stunning book, Julius Csotonyi is the master of using composite modern photography coupled with his own highly detailed artwork. Basically his style is to use thousands of photos for use as background to create images that give the impression of being IN the mise-en-scene. He adds the drawn animals and subtracts anachronistic modern elements. This is not the artistry of Charles R. Knight but it is artistry nevertheless, that requires hours and hours of hard work.
Csotonyi's art is fantastic, and the reproductions here are stunning, including several mullti-page fold outs of some of his murals. But two issues that have nothing to do with the art itself.
A total visual feast - Csotonyi is, almost without a doubt, the producer of the most visually compelling paleo-art today and this book is a celebration of his artwork (I don't know if it is to be regretted that it is such a relatively small sample of his illustrations or if it is a delight knowing that there is so much more of it out there waiting to be discovered). This book - and Csotonyi's art - reawakens all the thrill one used to feel, as a kid, looking at pictures of dinosaurs. While Csotonyi works in a multitude of media, both traditional and digital, the majority of the pieces showcased here are the result of his "photographic composite" technique, a method in which he is both a pioneer and a virtuoso, with results that are so incredibly "photo-realistic" that one almost wonders where he was standing when he "got the shot". If you want a look at some of his more traditional work, you will need to supplement this book with the "Dinosaur Art" book (also reviewed), which shows a fair amount of his digital paintings/drawings as well as his traditional media work. The illustrations in this book are almost all presented in the largest scale the book size will allow, printed on excellent paper stock, with full, true tone color and with multiple 2, 3 and even 6 page "fold-outs" (the "6 pagers" having half the picture on each side of a 3 page fold-out). The detail is so astounding (and the reproduction here so excellent) that one can spend hours perusing a single picture, absorbing details that are easily missed on any more cursory exam. Be aware, however, that this is an art book, NOT a "dinosaur book". The text is chiefly composed of interviews with the artist and captions for the pictures are relatively terse - the general subject ("Mesozoic Landscape"), the method of execution ("digital painting/photographic composite") and a very brief listing of the animals (and some of the plants) shown, without more. Altho' Csotonyi does describe, in occasional detail, the considerations that went into the reconstruction, if you are looking for information on the animals depicted, you will come away disappointed. Just as disappointing, from the artist's standpoint, is a lack of discussion of the precise methods used (what parts of the picture are digitally painted? Where does the artist get his photographic material for is compositing, etc.). Think of the text as a rambling chat, over tea, with the artist, in his studio, surrounded by copies of his artwork. Details (both artistic and paleontological) are in short supply and the artist is never really "pushed" for more. What saves the book, tho', is the artwork, and the book doesn't stint on that, offering up a huge number of Mr. Csotonyi's works. If you like art or if you like dinosaurs, then it would be hard to go wrong with this book and, if you really like "dinosaur art", then this is a "must have".