Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Sanjulian, Manuel Perez

(1941-    ) Prolific and acclaimed Spanish illustrator with a rich, subtle colour sense and an iconographic painting style. His work, mainly for book covers, has been widely published in the UK and USA. He favours a realistic, romantic style, but there is a considerable imaginative element in the incidental detail. His colour, too, is imaginative and exotic: he often uses rich, clear blues or greens in his skilful treatment of shadow areas. Some of the cover paintings he made for Warren Publishing (particularly those for Vampirella #12-#16 and #36 [1971-1973], Eerie #41 [1972] and #66 [1975], and Creepy #46 and #49 [1972]) have achieved iconic status in fantasy painting, symbolizing a new approach to Illustration in the genre. His composition is influenced by the work of Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956), Dean Cornwell (1892-1960) and E A Abbey (1852-1911). MPS works in gouache on illustration-board, producing a carefully rendered, closely referenced, full-size pencil drawing of his design before beginning each painting. MPS's first professional job was a cover for The Diary of Anne Frank (1964 Spanish edn). This was followed by illustrations for romantic-story magazines. He went on to produce a few digest-size historical and classics Comic strips, possibly for the UK market, although he claims no one told him who they were for. He joined the agency Selecciones Illustradas, and his work has since appeared on movie posters and hundreds of book and magazine covers. [RT]

further reading: Sanjulian (periodo 1970-1984) (graph 1984).

Manuel Perez Sanjulian


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