Dark Shep­herd: The Art of Fred Gam­bino

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Fred Gam­bino [Ti­tan Books, $34.95]

One of the things we love about an­i­ma­tion artists is the way their cre­ativ­ity can bend be­tween gen­res, sub­jects and styles while main­tain­ing their own par­tic­u­lar twist. That’s why it’s such a treat to pore over a col­lec­tion from a veteran’s ca­reer. A 30-year il­lus­tra­tion and con­cept art cre­ator, Fred Gam­bino’s de­signs can be seen in an­i­mated films like The Ant Bully and Jimmy Neu­tron, Boy Ge­nius, in video games and on the cov­ers of sci-fi books.

Ti­tan’s up-to-date as­sem­blage col­lects ex­clu­sive con­cept art and ex­cerpts from Gam­bino’s mul­ti­me­dia sci-fi project Dark Shep­herd, as well as an in­spir­ing se­lec­tion of some of his most bril­liant work. Oth­er­worldly land­scapes, en­gag­ing character por­traits and at­mo­spheric com­po­si­tions make up the in­spir­ing world of Gam­bino’s imag­i­na­tion spilled out on the page for the first time in over 10 years.

— Mercedes Mil­li­gan

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