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I know this information is somewhere in another thread, but darned if I can find it.

I tried google and came up with a zillion hits, none of which worked.

So I'll ask you folks: what was the name of the painting technique James Bama used in creating the Aurora boxes?

Thanks in advance for your response. And Happy New Year to you all.
 

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I took an interest in Mr. Bama several years ago when I discovered his connections to James Bond, Star Trek and Aurora. He also did many/most of the Doc Savage covers from Bantam books. "Great " doesn't do him justice. His style is called "Realist". He is also well known for his depictions of the American West

Start here:
http://groups.google.com/group/alt....a86ba4a?lnk=gst&q=james+bama#f11a24c76a86ba4a


Then here:
http://www.amazon.com/James-Bama-American-Brian-Kane/dp/0972375880

of course here:

http://www.itsdeadlicious.com/2007/05/aurora-boxes-by-james-bama.html

Hope this helps

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MattL
 

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FYI there are a couple excellent books on Bama's work, and you can find them on Amazon...

His style varies a bit. Basically he's a realist or even photo-realist. Some of his stuff, like the Aurora box arts, were done fairly quickly and cheaply. They are not in the same league as his more "professional" work. I always liked his Doc Savage etc. book covers. Some of those are very very realistic.
 

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As Mark pointed out, for the type of look Bama achieved on the Aurora boxes, there's no better path than gouache.

Gouache is more common in illustration than in art, mainly because it is considered less stable than oil. However, with careful pigment selection in the original (for lightfastness), and proper conservation, gouache can be considered a fine art medium.

Illustrators prefer gouache because it allows for very fast work and re-working, it maintains color saturation well, and its matte surface makes it easy to photograph.

-Neil
 

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Thanks to all who responded! Now I'm going to head out and see what I can learn about
gouache.

[I think it's made with hamburger and elbow macaroni. No wait, that's goulash. Never mind].
 
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