Arthur Adams’ Cover Recreations
I have been trying to stay away from sketchbooks lately … They are not cheap and they don't have a story, but I find them fascinating: process, commissions, black and white covers, … They are addictive!
In any case, I tried to avoid getting any from the new ones when I went to the shop this week, but I made a mistake, flipping through the pages of a couple of them!!! Long story short, after some dramatic internal monologue and a bit of self-control I ended up getting Arthur Adams' Sketchbook XIII (and last year's XII that I had managed to avoid, but if I were going to get XIII how could I not get XII, I started buying these with number IV).
So what made me get this? Of all things, a cover recreation … The recreated cover was Captain America Annual #8, which I am sure holds a special place in your collection if you grew up in the 80s, much like Arthur Adams himself:
A great original cover, remade perfectly! Just look at the details … And, as these seem to be original art commissions, EVERYTHING's done by hand, which is the cherry on top.
So when I got home I started going through the other sketchbooks and tried to compile other cover recreations, because Arthur Adams is an amazing artist who doesn't seem to be getting many props lately (most likely because of his reduced output, mostly covers).
All of the following have been printed in one of the sketchbooks, which are absolutely recommended if you like Arthur Adams … Each one of them is an encyclopaedia of unbelievable art from the artist without whom we wouldn't have J. Scott Campbell, Nick Bradshaw and countless others.