Although when I read a comic illustrated by Alex Ross I find it slightly surreal, his photo realistic paintings are indisputably beautiful, which is why I had to buy this book when I saw it! His comic covers and posters are defiantly where he shines brightest I reckon, and they really are quite magnificent works of art.
This book also gives an insight into some of Alex's pencil studies and character/cover designs.
Not to mention some awesome comic layouts, which I always love looking at. I like seeing how the pro's plan out their comics and the similarities and differences in the way they do it. Jim Lee's for example are really quite sketchy and loose, but Alex Ross' are pretty developed and almost fully formed. It all helps to inform they way in which I could approach creating my own comics.
Now, here is the bit I found most interesting, how Alex achieves his photo realism!
He is reinforcing my firm belief that you should always source your art from real life, no matter how fantastic the subject. You can apply as much artistic flourish and creativity as you like, but for an audience to believe what they are seeing it must have some grounding in the real. (This can be true for animation too!!)
Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross
RRP: I think I got it for around £15 - £20