While Tom Kidd is happily taking us on a
journey through his life’s work, he doesn’t want to call his book an
autobiography – it’s a Kiddography. After discovering the meaning of the title
we delve straight into Tom’s early life as he discusses what led him to become
Luckily for us, Tom has had quite an
interesting life. He describes how falling into a coma caused by a mosquito
bite, and the subsequent recovery from it, became a huge turning point towards
him becoming a great artist.
Along the way he narrowly missed the
Vietnam War and soon moved to New
York where he began his working life colouring
comics. As you’d expect the majority of the book details Tom’s career, and as
he tells his story the pages are filled with interesting and beautifully
painted images. Most of his work was created before the widespread use of
computers and digital techniques, and it’s hard not to be impressed with the
detail and size of his work – a true sign of great talent. Because he paints
with natural media a lot of his work has a classical feel to it, and along with
the light hearted commentary from Tom, this makes for an enjoyable read. From
painting the classic tripods in War of the Worlds to his visions of a fantasy
world, there’s certainly a lot to absorb. His futuristic cityscapes mixed with
classical architecture and themes are a particular highlight.
This is a personal trip through Tom’s life
with a sprinkling of helpful guidance along the way. Sadly, you won’t discover
any step-by-step instructions here, although there is a four-page spread that
details a few of his artistic secrets.
This book is pure eye candy if you’re a fan
of Tom Kidd’s work, and even if you’re not familiar with his artwork you’re
still sure to find this a compelling read.