Heaven’s Hell: the Art of An­thony Jones

Charac ter crea tion Now this is what we call de­viant art… dis­cover the twisted af­ter­life world of a mas­ter artist

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Editor An­thony Jones Pub­lisher De­sign Stu­dio Press Price $25 Web www.de­sign­stu­dio­press.com Avail­able Now

Back­ers of this Kick­starter pro­ject may just have ex­pected a nice col­lec­tion of their favourite artist’s work: but they’ve got much more than that. In this de­li­ciously de­viant vol­ume, con­cept artist, il­lus­tra­tor and ed­u­ca­tor An­thony Jones un­leashes his “de­mented vi­sions of the af­ter­life” in a stun­ning se­ries of mainly mono­chrome paint­ings.

Not quite telling a story, Heaven’s Hell none­the­less in­tro­duces a string of hor­ri­fy­ing and melan­choly char­ac­ters that get right un­der your skin. In­spired by “ex­treme high con­cept fash­ion de­sign, black-and-white pho­tog­ra­phy and mon­sters”, they’re quite un­like any­thing we’ve seen be­fore. And by giv­ing them full space to breathe, it thrillingly con­veys how much emo­tional power can be elicited by an artist will­ing to go with their gut in­stinct.

With the lion’s share of the first 77 pages handed to the art it­self (while toss­ing out pithy back­sto­ries for each de­monic per­son­al­ity), the re­main­der of this 130-page soft­back de­votes it­self to tu­to­ri­als. Th­ese aren’t full walk­throughs, but they do of­fer a se­ries of valu­able in­sights into the Photoshop tech­niques An­thony used to cre­ate and fi­nesse his provoca­tive and un­set­tling crea­tures, right down to in­di­vid­ual brush pre­sets.

One of the stern­look­ing Sis­ters of Haliled, who An­thony Jones re­veals as some­one who finds plea­sure in the demise of love.

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