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body of work The sump­tu­ous paint­ings of this il­lus­tra­tor and teacher are gath­ered to­gether in this ca­reer ret­ro­spec­tive

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This book does an ex­cel­lent job of col­lect­ing a decade’s worth of Pa­trick’s work

Au­thor Pa­trick J Jones Pub­lisher Korero Press Price £26 Web www.ko­reropress.com Avail­able Now

Pa­trick J Jones is one of the big­gest names in fan­tasy and sci-fi art. With a ca­reer that in­cludes cred­its for Dis­ney and Lu­cas­film, the artist from Belfast has worked hard to re­main true to his child­hood dreams of be­com­ing a fan­tasy artist. Af­ter a stint work­ing in ad­ver­tis­ing in Lon­don, Pa­trick now lives in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, where he com­ple­ments his stu­dio work with teach­ing.

Renowned for the lu­mi­nous qual­ity of his paint­ings, Pa­trick’s work shows a flair for in­di­vid­ual style and a tech­ni­cal ac­com­plish­ment that el­e­vates him from the le­gion of artists who try and em­u­late this style. This is ev­i­dent from the cover im­age, an oil paint­ing of char­ac­ters from Ja­son and the Arg­onauts with cre­ative com­po­si­tion and a con­fi­dent grasp of anatomy [and also why we chose him to cre­ate our cover for Imag­ineFX 144, see p.54].

The book opens with a fore­word by US con­tem­po­rary Donato Gian­cola be­fore lead­ing into an in­ter­view be­tween Pa­trick and fel­low fan­tasy artist Mike Cody. Here we get an over­view of Pa­trick’s life and pro­fes­sion, which pro­vides a valu­able in­sight into the me­an­der­ing ca­reer path of an il­lus­tra­tor. This in­ter­view does a good job of de­tail­ing his years as an ad­ver­tis­ing il­lus­tra­tor and sets up the con­text for the fol­low­ing chap­ters.

Split into five main sec­tions, the bulk of the book cov­ers Pa­trick’s ca­reer from 2005 when he first moved to Aus­tralia and started work­ing for New York pub­lish­ing gi­ant Roc Books. Trac­ing the ebb and flow of his work­ing life, th­ese chap­ters each open with a short ex­pla­na­tion by Pa­trick of what his life was like at the time of paint­ing the fol­low­ing pieces.

Thanks to a con­sid­er­ate page lay­out that gives over 100 pieces of art­work room to breathe, the book does jus­tice to the lav­ish paint­ings. Each im­age is ac­com­pa­nied by notes on the size and medium of the piece. How­ever, you’ll find your­self re­fer­ring back to each chap­ter’s open­ing spiel if you want to get an idea of when they were made.

At 175 pages, this book does an ex­cel­lent job of col­lect­ing a decade’s worth of Pa­trick’s work. Topped off with dig­i­tal and tra­di­tional com­po­si­tion drafts, there’s plenty in th­ese pages for artists to ad­mire and learn from.

Line art of Pa­trick’s 2005 pro­posed cover art for Bikini Planet. It was re­jected for be­ing too se­ri­ous!

Pa­trick worked up Night of the Zom­bie dig­i­tally (left) be­fore com­plet­ing it in oils (right).

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