The Art of the Book

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If you ever had been in Russia you probably noticed that there are a lot of book sales in Russia. Before, in Soviet times, they had called Russians “The most reading nation of the world” for their passion to read.

Nowadays, people still fond of reading even under the pressure of dvd/internet entertainment pouring on the heads from everywhere – in good old Soviet times they had no of such available so reading was the only way out to get some fun.

The quality of reading material has changed also a lot. If before it was mainly classic literature or some modern novels carefully picked by Soviet censorship for not having something unwanted in them then today people more often read low-level detective stories or fantasy books which are being created at a great speed of thousands new titles every week.

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So all of those go in great competition for readers minds and attention. They sell hundreds of books in some totally weird places as just on the street or in the subway or just on a sidewalk. The brighter the cover the more chances that a passing by soul would spot some new shocking story of Cyber OMOH fighter stuck in 2020 with his new BHD-9000 gun and a mission to save the princess.

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Today we have some of such illustrations for those kind of books made by Russian illustrator Leo Hao. You have a lot of chances seeing his works at such book selling points in Russia.

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33 thoughts on “The Art of the Book”

  1. He’s a fantastic artist. I wonder if I’ve seen his earlier stuff, since they reminded me of some books I’ve read.

  2. The first one looks of Daniel Craig checking his text message.

    I would be curious to see what the American Civil war book would have to say from a Russian view (not a whole lot)

  3. Those aforementioned celebrity resemblances are intentional, I’m sure. 4th from the bottom is Jean Claude Van Damme with a bird of prey.

  4. This guy is actually pretty popular. He does CD cover illustrations for some American, British, and Russian Rock bands. I recognize his work from Blind Guardian and Iced Earth albums.

    • neither does the T34 and the mech in the background. lol

      it’s a fantasy book. the cover isn’t meant to be realistic.

  5. It`s not too bad still. There is guys who make covers even worse. They are just photoshopping it from different pictures and neve mind the mistakes, like to the left of hero`s tie is shirt, and to the right it`s bullet-proof vest!
    But on those pictures you see most popular things like copiyng famous poses, costumes or things from films and pictures.

    • The scene from the American Civil War is the CD cover for the American band Iced Earth called “The Glorious Burden”.

  6. This is really cool work, but don’t some of the faces look familiar? I spotted Daniel Craig (pic 1), Mark Williams (of UK ‘Fast Show’ fame – pic 3), Peter Sellers (pic 31) and Jena-Claude Van Damme (pic 43) !! How odd….

  7. I’m trying to figure out the logic of having an underslung grenade launcher and a bayonet. The grenade will hit the bayonet and blow the dude up.

  8. Yet another Chinese Rip of every War Hammer concept art and artists in particular Dan Scott and Mark Gibbons. Also pioneers Neil Roberts, Karl Kopinski, Andrea Uderzo, John Gravato and modern day Dwayne Harris, Johnny Lowe, Matthew Ralphs, Jason Manley etc.
    Special mention to the brilliant one-armed Dave Gallagher.

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