Can you believe Ballistic’s Exposé series
has hit volume four? It seems like only yesterday that we had volume one in our
hands. Oh, wait a minute, it was…
The reason is that this highly regarded
series of books from Australian company Ballistic is just so hard to put down.
Every time you open a volume, you spot something new – an artist you previously
missed, or a theme that captures your imagination second time round.
And the same happens with volume four. It’s
impossible to put down. These are showcase books that are never tiresome.
Exposé 4 features a plethora of artists,
with themes ranging from architecture through to horror, fantasy and faery
folk. While this may sound like an awkward juxtaposition, it works very nicely,
and the sectioning is logical.
The book also continues the trend of
awarding prizes to those artists at the top of their game, with the ‘Grand
Master’ award going to SF and fantasy artist Stephan Martiniere. There are
other ‘Master’ and ‘Excellence’ awards (look out for ImagineFX contributors
John Kearney and Marta Dahlig) as well – adding to the celebratory aspect of
The variety of artwork and artists is
coupled with excellent paper stock and print quality – with each copy
containing a slip saying it’s been checked by the printers. A nice touch.
Another nice touch is the inclusion of four prints to frame if you so wish.
For those feeling flush, there’s a Limited
Edition hardback available ($149) with extra artists, as well as a standard
We thought we might be a little bored by
Exposé 4, because the layout and formula of the book is nigh-on exactly the
same as the first three. But we were wrong; the IFX team can’t put it down, and
we’re pretty confident you won’t be able to either.