Flesk Prime serves as a fresh look into the imagery of five exceptional artists: Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Petar Meseldzija, Mark Schultz and William Stout. The essence of each craftsman is captured here to satisfy their fans as well as individuals who are enjoying their first glimpse. The section on each artist begins with an introduction and a biography written by Flesk publisher John Fleskes. The five were invited to handpick their pieces for inclusion, to showcase the best representation of their works. Furthermore, new quotes have been obtained to capture the artists’ own thoughts. Each chapter shows the dynamic range of styles and illustrations and the unique diversity of these five creators. Almost all of the artwork has been reproduced direct from the originals.
Elliott’s section contains an assortment of fine art, much of it centered on the female form. Also featured are editorial assignments and an enlightening look into the process behind one of his most recent paintings.
Gianni is represented by oil paintings, a pencil sketch, finished pen-and-ink drawings, comic book pages, a Sunday newspaper strip and book illustrations that span the last twenty years.
Meseldzija has provided a stunning array of graphite drawings and oil paintings completed within the last year, including private commissions and book illustrations. Giants, dragons, warriors and maidens are features of this fantastic voyage into his storytelling mind. Oil details show the brush strokes up close, for a view of his deftness.
Schultz offers previously unseen drawings from his personal blue-line sketchbook, plus pencil drawings and a pair of finished brush-and-ink comic book covers from his award-winning Xenozoic series. Heroic adventures, barbarians and fantasy-themed experimentations round out his section.
Stout shares many new and rare pieces. Oil paintings of a monster, zombie, prehistoric and dinosaur subjects are included. In addition, colored pen-and-ink drawings of record album and comic book covers are here.
Within the pages of Flesk Prime you will enjoy a dynamic range of colors, an exceptional quality of line, a bravura application of paint strokes on canvas, and a subtle balance of ink on paper--all represented through the masterful approach of these five highly trained and creative artists.
About the Creators
John Fleskes is the president and publisher of Flesk Publications. His previous books include James Bama Sketchbook, Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen, Steve Rude: Artist in Motion and the two-edition set on the works of Joseph Clement Coll: The Art of Adventure and A Legacy in Line. Fleskes updates his blog often covering the latest Flesk news and other interests: fleskpublications.com/blog.
Craig Elliott works in the animation industry as a visual development artist, character designer and concept artist. He has worked primarily for Disney and DreamWorks, designing their animated films such as Hercules, Mulan, Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog, as well as Rio. Craig currently is doing visual-development work for The Lorax and other upcoming features. His website hosts a portfolio, news, appearances and blog: www.craigelliottgallery.com.
Gary Gianni has adapted and illustrated a wide variety of books, including John Henry, Kidnapped, Moby Dick, The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, The Complete Conan of Cimmeria, and more recently, Michael Chabon’s Gentlemen of the Road. His comic’s work includes Classics Illustrated, The Shadow, and The MonsterMen. He won an Eisner Award for his illustration of “Heroes,” a tale included in Batman: Black and White. Gianni currently serves as the illustrator of the Prince Valiant Sunday comic strip.
Petar Meseldzija is an illustrator and fine artist. His previous works include thirty-three illustrations for King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and ten book covers for books of children's fantasy literature for Scholastic. Petar’s own book The Legend of Steel Bashaw was published by Flesk in 2010. Most recently Petar contributed to a book project about the creatures of Serbian mythology, titled Banished Demons. For the latest news about Petar you can visit: petarmeseldzija.blogspot.com.
Mark Schultz is an American cartoonist, illustrator and writer. His most well-known work Xenozoic Tales has been adapted to television as the animated series Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. He is currently in the process of producing illustrations for his novella Storms at Sea. Mark is the current writer for the newspaper strip Prince Valiant. Schultz is the recipient of five Harvey Awards, two Eisner’s and an Inkpot. Schultz teaches on occasion at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
William Stout is one of America’s foremost fantasy and film artists, dinosaur muralists and illustrators. Stout has contributed to over thirty films including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Walt Disney’s Dinosaur and Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. His previous books include, The New Dinosaurs, Prehistoric Life Murals and Dinosaur Discoveries. For the latest news, appearances and to read his online journal you can visit: www.williamstout.com.
8.5 x 11 inches
Hardcover with Jacket
Over 75 images
Edited by John Fleskes