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Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo Fantasy Art

The husband and wife team of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell has been wowing fantasy art fans for years. Their trademark heavy metal women, hard-muscled and sensuous, interacting with fantasy dragons, wolves and other creatures, have made them world-renowned, and their artwork has graced countless books covers, posters, album covers, calendars, and more.

Born in Peru, Vallejo attended their National School of Fine Art before immigrating to the United States in 1964. Julie Bell was born in Texas and met Vallejo when she posed for him. Their artistic vision stems partially from their personal lifestyle, as both work out heavily, and the beautiful Bell was a professional body builder when she and Vallejo met.

Devoted to their team effort, they share a studio, working only a few feet from each other. While both were successful before their collaboration, they've achieved new heights of imagination and artistic appeal working together.

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Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: The Ultimate Illustrations
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Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: The Ultimate Illustrations (June 2009)
by Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell


"The newest must-have book for Boris and Julie fans. Ultimate Illustrations presents the first collection of their sketches in over 15 year and features 100 previously unpublished illustrations. Drawings range from delicate fantasy art to bold covers and album designs. All pieces are stunning works of art in their own right, inspirational to fantasy aficionados and artists, and invaluable additions to all Boris and Julie collectors' portfolios." book description.
Imaginistix: Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: The All New Collection
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Imaginistix: Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: The All New Collection (October 2007)
by Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell


Named after Boris and Julie's website, this collection features both new and unseen artwork - ravishing maidens, heroic men, and fearsome monsters. Their first collection of new work since 1994's Sketchbook. A mix of commissions for magazine publishers, advertising agencies, film production companies, and more, this enchanting compendium is yet another must-have for fans.
The Fabulous Women of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell
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The Fabulous Women of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (November 2006)
by Anthony and David Palumbo


"The Fabulous Women of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell is a collection of the greatest fantasy women created by the two artists throughout their careers. The 100 alluring images span various media and include popular fantasy females such as Amazonians, princesses, and mermaids, as well as goddesses from all worlds in between." - book description. The Palumbo's are Julie's sons, Boris's stepsons.
Fantasy of Flowers
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Fantasy of Flowers (April 2006)

It's the eternal fascination of flowers--their fragile beauty and their endless variety are a language unto themselves. Famed fantasy illustrator Boris Vallejo teams up with his wife, painter Julie Bell, to create a unique vision of flowers. Their photography is accompanied by quotes from poets, artists, and philosophers--ancient and modern--from around the world. - book description.
The Ultimate Collection
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Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: The Ultimate Collection (2005)

The Ultimate Collection brings together all their greatest pieces throughout their careers, while also including some unseen new work. The book is arranged chronologically and divided into three main sections: early, middle and recent art. A narrative accompanies the paintings with captions for many of the pieces. The pages are also punctuated by quotes from Boris and Julie's peers in the fantasy art field and fans of their work, who pay homage to their art and comment on how their work has inspired them to become better artists. - from the book description.
Twin Visions: The Magical Art of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell
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Twin Visions: The Magical Art of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2003)

This unique collection of over 120 fantasy paintings takes us into a magical universe, otherwise visited only in our dreams. In this sumptuous anthology, new fans of Boris and Julie will discover the beauty and sheer wonder of their paintings, while seasoned ones will find much to surprise and delight them. Charged with drama and eroticism, Boris and Julie have created enchanting visions of loveliness and terrifying nightmares side by side, beauty and the beast inhabiting realms of limitless possibility. This edition includes provocative paintings that were originally created for calendars and other commissions, as well as a selection of pictures from earlier in their careers that have never been featured in their books. - book description.
Fantasy Workshop: A Practical Guide
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Fantasy Workshop: A Practical Guide (2003)

From initial concept through to finishing touches, for the first time, Boris and Julie give an in-depth description of how they paint their masterpieces, taking the reader through every stage of the creative process. As well as teaching the main techniques, the premiere fantasy-art team shows the reader how to use a wide variety of media to create a whole range of different types of painting, and explain how they create the effects for which they are so renowned, such as Julie's legendary "metal flesh," with its mix of fluidity and hardness contrasting with the sensual softness of the skin. Illustrated throughout in full color, the Practical Guide to Fantasy Art includes step-by-step photographs that Boris and Julie have taken as they've worked as well as a selection of their finished art appealing to art students and fantasy-art admirers alike. - book description.
Superheroes: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell
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Superheroes: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell

Superheroes is a collection of awe-inspiring original artwork created by husband and wife team Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. Along with using a classic sense of style to create and master sensuous full color oil paintings, Boris Vallejo is best known as the visual creator of Conan the Barbarian. Combining strength with sensuality and infusing the human form with incredible power and motion, fantasy artist Julie Bell continues to use her metal flesh trademark to produce dramatic works of art. This collection overflows with superhuman characters captured in the act of saving the world, destroying evil protagonists and battling dark beasts. Featuring fantastic figures such as Spiderman, Captain America, and the X-Men, these paintings represent the best of Boris and Julie. - book description.
Sketchbook: The Other Artwork of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell
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Sketchbook: The Other Artwork of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2001)

The masters of fantasy art reveal the creative process behind their finished masterpieces. The sketches, in a variety of different media, provides us with insight into the artistic imagination of Boris and Julie--some were produced for pure pleasure and experiment, others as preliminary ideas for commissioned work. They are stunning works of art in their own right, and an invaluable addition to the collector's portfolio. Over 150 sketches previously unpublished and finished paintings reveal the creative process at work. - book description.
Titans: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell
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Titans: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2000)

Coinciding with the much anticipated summer 2000 live action movie The X-Men, comes Titans, a collection of awe-inspiring original artwork created by husband and wife team Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. Along with using a classic sense of style to create and master sensuous full color oil paintings, Boris Vallejo is best known as the visual creator of Conan the Barbarian. Combining strength with sensuality and infusing the human form with incredible power and motion, fantasy artist Julie Bell continues to use her "metal flesh" trademark to produce dramatic works of art. This collection overflows with superhuman characters captured in the act of saving the world, destroying evil protagonists and battling dark beasts. Featuring fantastic figures such as Spiderman, Captain America, and the X-Men. - book description.
Hindsight: Boris Vallejo-- His Photographic Art
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Hindsight: Boris Vallejo-- His Photographic Art (January 2000)
by Boris Vallejo


"Boris Vallejo decided to create this photographic paean to the female derriere partly as a tribute and partly as a challenge: "After all, I asked myself, how many ways can you present one body part?" Hindsight, now in paperback, answers that question. In 100 color and black-and-white images, Vallejo renders the object of his (admitted) obsession with elegance and eroticism. In Hindsight, Vallejo returns to the heart of his inspiration - his love for the human body. He brings to this work the same classic composition and eye for the artistic potential of the body that enliven his paintings. His many fans, as well as photography and erotic art lovers of every kind, will find his exploration of a subject rarely touched upon a refreshing departure from other photography books." book description.

Check out Bodies: Boris Vallejo : His Photographic Art (May 1998) as well.
Mirage
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Pre-Julie Boris

For two decades and more before his marriage to Julie Bell, Vallejo was an extremely popular and well-known fantasy artist in his own right (as he still is). In fact, some fans consider that his best work was done during the 1970s and 1980s.

Some of his most popular art books from the pre-Julie period include The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo (1987), Mirage (1997), a sensualist's delight; Dreams: The Art of Boris Vallejo (1999), and Enchantment and Ladies: Retold Tales of Goddesses and Heroines (1999) - written by then-wife Doris Vallejo and illustrated by Boris.
Soft as Steel
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Hard Curves
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Pre-Boris Julie

Bell published a few art books of her own in the late 90s, before teaming up with Boris professionally.

Two of those still in available are Hard Curves (1996) and Soft as Steel (1999) - the titles say it all as both books show off her incredible skill as portraying beautifully feminine women with iron muscles.

As one of the book descriptions says, "The term "metal flesh" has been coined to express one of her distinct styles, making it the trademark of her work. A series of exotic fantasy realms come to life with astounding vividness in her paintings, in which the bodies appear to be a melding of cold steel and vulnerable human flesh."
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