Fath­oms: The Art of Michael Manomivibul

Deep dive From aquatic ad­ven­tures to knightly he­roes, ink artist Michael Manomivibul’s art­book in­vites you into his imag­i­na­tion

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Ink artist Michael Manomivibul in­vites you into his imag­i­na­tion – from aquatic ad­ven­tures to knightly he­roes.

An­other crowd-sourced ef­fort, Fath­oms is the first art book by il­lus­tra­tor Michael Manomivibul (who has a workshop on page 102). He’s best known for the art­work on The Princess Bride: An Il­lus­trated Edi­tion and his work sum­mons at­mo­spheric feel­ings of mys­tery and ad­ven­ture.

Michael’s art is dis­tinc­tive, and that’s partly a mat­ter of tech­nique. He works in Sumi ink, build­ing up with lay­ers of ink wash, play­ing with tex­ture and value, then fin­ish­ing with dig­i­tal colour or glazes of coloured inks and wa­ter­colour. But the power of his work is its imag­i­na­tion. From deep-sea divers and ter­ri­fy­ing ten­ta­cles to heroic knights and bru­tal beasts, each scene is sug­ges­tive and gives the viewer a wel­come op­por­tu­nity to com­plete the full story in their minds.

This soft­back book is beau­ti­fully printed on heavy­weight pa­per and al­most ev­ery piece gets a full page, en­abling you to ex­am­ine and en­joy ev­ery de­tail. It’s just shame that at just 82 pages, it’s a fairly slim vol­ume. There’s a small amount of text, printed in a font that makes the book rem­i­nis­cent of a chil­dren’s ti­tle. In­deed this col­lec­tion of­fers a deep-dive into the imag­i­na­tion, from an artist who de­serves to be more widely known.

Bub­bles, 2009. “A piece about re­lease,” says il­lus­tra­tor Michael Manomivibul.

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