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Rough Justice
The DC Comics Sketches of Alex Ross (Hardback)


Edited by Chip Kidd
Titan Books
RRP: £19.99, US $30.00
ISBN: 978 1 8485 6703 0
Available 26 March 2010

Alex Ross, the award-winning artist of the best selling Mythology, opens his private sketchbooks to reveal his original pencil and ink drawings of DC Comics characters. This collection features a behind-the-scenes look at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Black Canary, and many more...

Rough Justice is an interesting look at the rough sketches and artwork of Alex Ross. Most of the hundreds of graphite sketches included here have never been seen before, let alone published, so for fans of Ross and his work this is an invaluable look into the creative process of one of DC's most instantly recognisable artists.

The text is kept down to a bare minimum - only really being used to explain what the illustrations were originally intended to be used for as well as offering useful background information.

For those interested in comic book art this is a great way to see how Ross's creative processes work, as well as illustrating how elements (like a new Batmobile) are created from scratch.

An essential coffee table book for comic book fans.


Darren Rea

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