Book Reviews

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“Greg is one of the most important, innovative and influential illustrators of the last 30 years and this gorgeously designed and printed retrospective more than proves that opinion. It is a collection that both entertains and inspires. Which, of course, means yes, you definitely should get a copy.” -Arnie Fenner at Muddy Colors 

“Greg Spalenka’s distinctive, dreamlike images haunt the mind, invoking new and old myths, populated with fire beings, desert spirits, and winged, ethereal creatures. His vast landscapes of extraordinary worlds lend themselves to exploration and contemplation, with vivid touches and tangible details that bring alien expanses, charmed forests, and mysterious labyrinths alike to life.” -Tor Books

“Type and paint and pixels all bleed into one, creating a beautiful tapestry of artwork inside that screams of pristine craftsmanship. The book quite literally may have some of the most luminous reproductions I’ve EVER seen in an art book.” -Dan Dos Santos

“Congrats on a gorgeous book. The printing gives both the painted work and the digital/photo work incredible detail and depth. The sketch is beautiful and a magical part of the book as a whole. Many evenings will be spent perusing this wonderland of print. Thank you.” -Nathan Dryden

“Covers your blossoming, the evolution of your art, and a growing awareness of your peaceful soul. Thank you for the beautiful Impromptu print and the lovely cards!”-Cesar Garcia

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They’re Here!

The Art of Greg Spalenka has arrived and the printing is stunning.
You can order the standard and limited editions here with signatures and drawings. Thank you for your support.

“Greg Spalenka’s distinctive, dreamlike images haunt the mind, invoking new and old myths, populated with fire beings, desert spirits, and winged, ethereal creatures. His vast landscapes of extraordinary worlds lend themselves to exploration and contemplation, with vivid touches and tangible details that bring alien expanses, charmed forests, and mysterious labyrinths alike to life.” -Tor Books

Published by Titan Books in London, this hard bound, 9.5″ x 12″ 176 page full color book is also printed with metallic inks. It highlights 32 years of my art career. I will be sharing my history as a multi-disciplinary image maker in publishing, film, photography and more with commentary on my techniques, experiences, philosophy and the art of following your muse. I worked with graphic designer Jeff Burne and am very proud of the result.  Shipping and handling fees are included in these prices for U.S. addresses. There will be a shipping fee for international destinations. 

I. Standard Edition (This version ends Sept. 30)

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Signed, Standard Edition  $45

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II. Standard Edition with Sketch

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Signed standard edition includes a half hour drawing in front of book. Request a feminine or masculine theme. $95

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III. Deluxe Limited Edition

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This Deluxe Limited Edition includes a unique cover and a beautiful  slipcase. Included is one signed print (Impromptu), as well as a signed and numbered signature plate (Desert Mistress) on parchment paper tipped into the book. An  hour long drawing of a feminine or masculine theme completes this tour de force. Other goodies will accompany your package. $195

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Below are some of the graphite sketches that have been drawn into the books.

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* Shipping and handling fees are included in these prices for U.S. addresses only. There may be an extra shipping fee for orders outside the U.S. Please inquire before placing your order. Thank you.

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Mellifera

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 Photoshoot for Roxana Illuminated Perfume’s new, soon to be released fragrance, Mellifera. Sofie Fletcher is the beautiful model.

Location- Agoura Antique Mart
Camera- Canon Rebel T2i

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Giclee Giveaway

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I am hosting a giveaway for three beautiful archival giclees from The Art of Greg Spalenka The winners of this giveaway can choose any image that they desire from the book.

Entering is easy!

1. Create a selfie with The Art of Greg Spalenka book or photograph your favorite spread/page and place it on Instagram and/or Facebook along with a link to the Spalenka Eye- http://bit.ly/1jcmCUa

2. Send me a link to your post by September 30, 12pm PST and you will be entered into the raffle. Three winners will be chosen Oct. 1st via the randomizer on random.org.

The giclees will be 13″x19″ or 18″x24″ depending on the image.

Let the contest begin!

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The Deluxe Limited Edition

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The Deluxe Limited Edition (only 500 copies) is absolutely gorgeous. It really is a piece of art and feels amazing in your hands. This edition includes a different cover, one signed print (Impromptu), a signed and numbered signature plate on parchment paper (Desert Mistress) that is tipped into the book, and a beautiful designed slipcase.

An  hour long drawing of a feminine or masculine theme (in 50 copies) completes this tour de force. Expect some surprise goodies inside the box. Shipping and handling are included.* $195

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parchment-Printsmall“Desert Mistress” is the signed print on parchment that is tipped into the limited edition book.

* Shipping and handling fees are included in these prices for U.S. addresses only. There may be an extra shipping fee for orders outside the U.S. Please inquire before placing your order. Thank you.

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A Sketch in Your Book

booksketch1I am drawing feminine or masculine themed sketches into some of my, The Art of Greg Spalenka books. Here are a few feminine themed examples. I love drawing the figure so this is a real treat.

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All in graphite. They are supposed to be fifteen minute long drawings but usually end up going for a half hour or more.

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Pick up your Silver or Gold editions today and let me know which theme you prefer for your individualized drawing. The books are arriving at the end of August so you will have yours early Sept. before anyone else!

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Comic Con 2014 Recap

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I was in Artist Alley with a table this year at the San Diego Comic Con. The Con showcased beautiful white violinists (dirt faerie),

con2014eelegant victorian modernists (dirt faerie again),

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con2014ggirls reading my Eyes of the Unicorn book (just a few books left!)

con2014ime, signing my book at the Titan booth (you can still order yours),

con2014fblue anime with cosplay veteran mrdustinn,

con2014hwhite balloon like beings,

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AasB_5amy Artist As Brand- Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur panel on art career sustainability with Donato Giancalo, Daniel Davis of SteamCrowDrew and Maria Brophy, and Dawn Schiller. There was a lot going on!

I heard that 140,000 tickets that were sold online for the general public were gone in 90 seconds, culled from 900,000 people who were trying to get them. Did I say there were a lot of people there?

More Comic Con Pics at the Illuminated Perfume blog.

See you there next year!

 

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Comic Con 2014

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Slip cover for the limited edition version of The Art of Greg Spalenka

The San Diego Comic Con has arrived again!

Titan Books shipped in a very limited supply of my The Art of Greg Spalenka books (standard edition and limited edition) directly from the printer in China so I will be signing at their booth on Saturday in booth 5537 from 3:00-4:00. I will also be taking orders for my three special versions at Artist Alley table- EE-23 which you can see here. The printed book looks gorgeous!!!

I am also moderating a panel 7:30, Thursday, room 8, called Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur.
Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms with panelists Donato Giancola (professional artist in publishing, film, and games, Tor,National Geographic, Microsoft, Vivendi/Universal, LucasArts), Daniel M. Davis (artist/designer of Steam Crow, publishers of monster books, serigraphs, and other art products), Drew Brophy(professional surf artist and ambassador of adventure travel lifestyle), Maria Brophy (art agent, author of How to Understand Art Licensing Contracts and expert on art licensing and the business of art), and Dawn M. Schiller (Odd Fae and Autumn Things, author of FaeMaker, artist/designer of sculpted handmade dolls).

See you in San Diego!

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Narnia Storyboards

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In The Art of Greg Spalenka I will be showcasing a few select storyboards I created for the The Voyage of the Dawn Treader film.

If you are familiar with the movie you will recall the dragon eye opening with Aslan reflected in it. Also the transformation of Eustace from dragon back into a boy is seen here, however the initial attack by Aslan to start the change was considered to violent for the screen.

See more highlights in The Art of Greg Spalenka

 

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Sophie

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A sneak peek of a photo shoot with the amazing Sophie Fletcher for Roxana Illuminated Perfume at the Agoura Antique Mart. Floral bouquet by Rebecca Wienholz of Flower Power Studio. More to come…

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