Drawing Down the Moon

Hello all.

Well, it’s taken a bit over 2 years from completing my initial layouts but my art book, Drawing Down the Moon, the Art of Charles Vess will finally see print this December from Dark Horse Books. The splendid introduction is by one of my favorite writers, Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) and then there’s plenty of commentary throughout the book on specific art pieces by myself.

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It’s a big, fat 200 page hardcover retrospective of (mostly) my illustration work, all the way from high school…

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into my early years in NYC…

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then working for Marvel Comics…

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followed by a long association with DC Comics…

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then with writer Neil Gaiman, first on Sandman, then many other projects.

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Our collaboration on the book Stardust led to many other illustrated book projects such as A Circle of Cats with Charles de Lint:

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Then there’s all the side projects that may of you would never have a chance to see except in a book like this.

One of many posters designed for local (to me) events…

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And I even managed to slip in a few just completed projects like, Blueberry Girl and after three years of heavy work the completion of a 15 x 16 ft. bronze fountain, Midsummer Play.

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I’ve also include a comprehensive description and step by step visual of my painting process.

So there’s lots to enjoy.

If you want to purchase the book through you local comic book shop the solicitation for it is in the current Diamond Previews (August Issue) on page #36 (Item Code: Aug09 0029). The hefty book has a hefty price too at $39.95 but 200 pages covers a LOT of art. These orders in particular mean a LOT and will sometimes determine whether a book is actually published or not.

If there is no comic shop near by, then I hope that you will all use your local independent bookstore. Failing that there’s always Amazon.com or B&N.com who both are currently saying the book isn’t available but I’ve got a set of final proofs for the entire book in hand so I know its real. You CAN sign up for a e-mail announcement from them. That link is: http://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Down-Moon-Charles-Vess/dp/1593078137/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248744292&sr=1-1

Order it today!

Charles

10 Responses to “Drawing Down the Moon”

  1. Suoviitta says:

    Oh, that’s so cool. I think that little under forty dollars is not much for 200 pages of your great art! I’ve never seen it before but I must say I like what I’m seeing now. This entry reminds me, I must read Sandman some day, I’ve been interested in it since I read about it one book of comics.

    - Suoviitta

  2. hollybird says:

    At last! Great news! Glad you were able to get Blueberry Girl and the Midsummer bronze in as well. I’ve had it on my Amazon watch list for a long time but I’ll give the guys over at Emerald City Comics a call…

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  4. Mr. Vess,

    I can’t wait till I’m back in Abingdon and can see the fountain in person!

    I had the wonderful opportunity to work on some of the Stardust Festival projects with the WKRAC a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve come to VCU as a student. I work in the on-campus bookstore, and we’re very fortunate to be having “mini-convention” for comics and animation. I thought I might venture an invitation to you, should you like to come to your alma mater as an inspiration to students interested in the comics and illustration, or simply to enjoy our small celebration of the comic-craft world.

    Our “B&N-Con” will be held on a Sunday in October. If you find yourself interested, please feel free to write to either me, Sarah Prescott, at prescottsk@vcu.edu, or my manager, Cindy Godney, at pgosney@vcu.edu.

    I count my time working with WKRAC for the Stardust Festival as one of the most fun times I’ve ever had in my life, and the chance to study your work on a slightly more than purely-for-pleasure basis the kick in the butt I needed to get going with my small group’s art efforts. In that, I thank you for being the inspiration that you have presented, as corny as that sounds.

    Best wishes to you,

    Sarah Prescott

  5. April-Anna says:

    Greetings to you and all your loved ones on this fine day… whichever day it is when you find this note… I know it is a fine day no matter what is happening because we are alive and being right now….

    Your work is so lovely and truly inspiring… I am extremely excited with your new book of art that will come out…. It will come out only a week before my birthday too, so I feel so blessed to have such a synchronicity, perhaps coincidence, however it is that this could be viewed, it is exciting regardless…

    I just finished reading “Art Process Insight” on your website in regards to “Companions to the Moon”. I found it really refreshing, insightful and stimulating, not to mention inspiring, to read and view that process. I am so grateful that you have shared that. I am an artist myself, and I often reference the works of others, not because I wish to copy but because I am self taught, I try to study the works of others to try to understand how they achieve the finished look; try to figure out the techniques… Your work is so inspiring and reading about your process makes me feel more at peace with my own process.

    I always think I am procrastinating, that is when I am functioning from my critical mind and sometimes I am, but often it really is just part of the process. Sometimes I put works aside when I get to a point when I am not sure what step i want to take next and rather then risk accidently messing up (I realize “messing up” sometimes opens doors therefore it isn’t really messing up if I embrace it but you know if you get something, for example, a night sky over a lake, exactly how you want it, then you try to fix one small thing, or add a new detail, or complete some other detail, sometimes the work takes on a whole new direction… It took me a long time to figure out how to work with the flow; I used to stop mid-process, very angry with myself because I felt I had made a mistake… later on I figured out that if I just relax into the process and try to work with the “mistake” as a new direction, that sometimes the painting paints itself and I end up with something new and unexpected, often better then my initial direction…. it’s like you say; “art from the heart”… anyways I have rambled and left you with a note that has terrible sentence structure but I hope you don’t mind and I hope that my ramble has some value to you and anyone else who should read this…. well, I guess the word “you” in this instance, is all the “yous” who’s eyes might stray to take in these words…

    Anyways, thank-you so very much for being you and for creating…. You add such lovely and inspiring light to this world…

    I have written a blog posting on my own blog both about yourself and Neil Gaiman, on account of having just finished reading “Stardust” for the first time tonight…. If you wish to see what I have written (it includes links to both your websites), you can see it at: http://theartofapril-anna.blogspot.com

    I wish you bright blessings, and much abundance in all forms…
    Sincerely;
    April-Anna.

  6. Dear Charles,
    I am tingling with anticipation to poring over your forthcoming art book. It will make a great Christmas present … to myself! Ha. I also wanted to note I enjoyed your work in Medicine Road. I check in with your site periodically. I hope you got the mailing I sent you a while back, re: my neophyte efforts in the biz. I look forward to the possibility of Vera and I one day visiting with you and Karen again. Vera still mentions on occasion what a fun time we had with you and what gracious hosts you were, and I fully agree with her. Hard to believe that was 15 years ago. Yikes! Here’s to your continued success and good health!
    Sincerely,
    Bennett Neuhauser, aka Ben Sage

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  9. [...] • Upcoming books I was unaware of dept.: Dark Horse will be publishing a big, 200-page hardcover collection of art by Charles Vess entitled Drawing the Moon. The book will be out in December and Vess has a rundown of what will be in it plus some sample images over at his Web site. [...]

  10. [...] • Upcoming books I was unaware of dept.: Dark Horse will be publishing a big, 200-page hardcover collection of art by Charles Vess entitled Drawing the Moon. The book will be out in December and Vess has a rundown of what will be in it plus some sample images over at his Web site. [...]

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