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Corpus delicti
Corpus delicti
von Serge Birault
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 23,75

5.0 von 5 Sternen Delicious pin-up artbook from Serge Birault, 5. April 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Corpus delicti (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Länge:: 1:04 Minuten

Corpus delicti. That's the latin phrase for body of crime, a principle that crime must be proven before a person can be convicted of committing that crime. The choice for the title wasn't explained in the book and I can't make sense of it.

This is a delicious book. The lady you see on the cover is actually Serge Birault's girlfriend. She's detaining the octopus, and judging from the HUMAN SUSHIS hat it's wearing, it's probably cooking something foul. And, she forgot to remove the chopper from its tentacles — she must be a new cop. This must be linked to the book title somehow.

Serge Birault's illustrations are wonderful. They are cartoons usually, but they have amazing realism with hints of caricature. The characters look real, feel real. I love the expressions on the faces of all the pin-up girls. Yes, it's a pin-up book with lots of beautiful girls with the occasional tentacles.

Serge Birault is a French artist trained in classic painting but now paints digitally with a flair. This guy is all for the details. He can use up to 1000 layers in Photoshop — who even keeps track of the number of layers, and count them!?

Also included are some more experimental portraits which he calls doodles. I love the pencils sketches too.

Right at the end he talks about his process of painting. There are step by step pictures but it's not really technical talk, just the challenges of creating realism and some drawing tips.

It's a great artbook. 144 pages. Hardcover. Large. If you like pin-ups, you'll love this.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Takehito Harada Art Works I
Takehito Harada Art Works I
von Takehito Harada
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 22,69

5.0 von 5 Sternen Filled with colourful characters, 28. März 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Takehito Harada Art Works I (Taschenbuch)
Länge:: 1:06 Minuten

This 208-page artbook features Takehito Harada's artworks from Disgaea, Prinny 1 & 2, Makai Kingdom and Phantom Brave. Almost all the art you'll see are character art from those video game titles.

If you're a fan of Disgaea or Takehito Harada, you may know or have the earlier artbook called DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection, also translated and published by Udon. So yes, there are some duplicated Disgaea art in this book which has half of it dedicated to Disgaea. But there are some new Disgaea art too.

The multitude of characters is amazing. The pages are filled with pretty huge splash art of Takehito Harada's Japanese style of characters with their candy-like colours.

Many of the artworks have step-by-step images of the drawing process, from the sketches to colouring stage, showing how a complicated scene of characters are put together, slowly. The rather short commentary appear at the back of the book.

It's a terrific artbook. If you already have the Disgaea artbook, it might still worth a buy.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations
Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations
von We've Inc
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 33,58

5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful art from the original Evangelion series, 8. Februar 2013
Länge:: 1:22 Minuten

Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations features the art from the Evangelion Chronicle series, Side A and Side B books, both in Japanese.

The first edition of Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations was published in 2008 in Japanese featuring Rei Ayanami on the cover. The revised edition was published in 2011 featuring Asuka in her red suit. This edition translated by Udon is of the revised edition, even though it has the Rei cover art.

This is a huge paperback artbook measuring 10 by 13 inches. It has 136 pages.

The illustrations are based on the original Evangelion series. So you won't get to see Asuka with her pirate eye patch here.

There are two parts to the book. The anime style comes first and covers the characters including the EVAs and ANGELs. It's mostly finalized art with sketches. Besides the three main protagonists, the other characters each have only one page to themselves. I would love to see more of the character designs from different angles and poses though, so the character art feels quite limited in a sense. The characters are drawn by Youichi Fukano while the EVAs and ANGELs are by Hirofumi Ichikawa.

The second part features the painted scenes. Several artists have artworks here so while the designs are fixed, the styles can vary quite a bit. I like the ones from Takuya Io that looks like the TV series screenshots but with a certain glow and film grain added. There are pieces with rather un-Evangelion look because of the way they are painted.

There's not much text except for the one page where all the artists talk about their art and inspiration.

Overall, the art is great and it's a cool book for all Evangelion fans.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials
Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials
von Udon Entertainment
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 26,48

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shining, 8. Februar 2013
Länge:: 1:04 Minuten

This is Udon's translation of the original Japanese art book シャイニング・ハーツ ビジュアル設定資料集 that was released in December 2011. It's for the PSP role-playing game Shining Hearts.

The book features the concept art for the characters, locations, enemies and in-game items.

The bulk is made up of characters created by Japanese pinup artist and character designer Tony Taka. He has designed for several Shining games and has his own artbook Tony's Artworks from Shining World. The character art are in the form of full page pin-up style illustrations and also the concept sketches with notes. The costume designs are very elaborate.

There are a few pages of interview talking about the world, the characters and the designs. Strangely, even though they talk about the Chibi versions of the characters, there aren't any main character Chibi art except for the villagers.

The environment art is mostly sketches and printed rather small. There are also designs for the ships. the bread and food from the game. The fish are very realistic and comparable to illustrations from fishing magazines.

This is a nice visual companion for the game. Also recommended to those who like pin-up style Japanese female character art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Genga: Otomo Katsuhiro Original Pictures
Genga: Otomo Katsuhiro Original Pictures
von Katsuhiro Otomo
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Treasure trove of Otomo's art, 8. Februar 2013
Länge:: 1:24 Minuten

This is the companion artbook to the GENGA exhibition that was held in April & May 2012. The exhibition featured over 3000 pages of manga from Otomo Katsuhiro's 39 years of career since 1973.

This is a large 256-page paperback measuring 10 by 14 inches. That's larger that all the other Otomo Katsuhiro artbooks I've seen.

While there are some new and unpublished artwork, some have also appeared in other books such as KABA, KABA2, Akira Club, The Memory of Memories, ビバ・イル・チクリッシモ! (VIVA IL CICLISSIMO!) and possibly others. Those artbooks are quite expensive to ship from Japan.

The manga art are printed satisfyingly huge. The scans and reproduction are great. You can see how words are pasted onto the speech bubbles, the details of the ink work and hatching lines and painted illustrations. The format is large enough to show off all the meticulous work put into drawing those panels.

There are a few interviews in Japanese but the book also comes with a small booklet with the English translations.

If you have other artbooks, I think this is still a great addition.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Little Big Books: Illustrations for Children's Picture Books
Little Big Books: Illustrations for Children's Picture Books
von R. Klanten
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 39,90

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun, playful and diverse, 4. Februar 2013
Länge:: 1:22 Minuten

Little Big Books is a wonderful collection of work from 100 illustrators and creators of children picture books. That's 240 pages in this big beautiful hardcover book.

The illustrations are fun, playful and diverse. There's an appealing childlike simplicity to them. Each illustrator has a profile and there are five interviews talking about the psychology of children picture books, awards, and advice on publishing rights and licensing.

It's a great book for children book illustrators and those looking for inspiration on drawing for children.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Star Wars Art: Illustration
Star Wars Art: Illustration
von LucasFilm Ltd.
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 24,95

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic art collection, 12. November 2012
Länge:: 1:21 Minuten

This is a huge book of gorgeous Star Wars art. The book's about 10 by 12 inches and some of the illustrations inside are printed close to A4 size, and even larger for those that bleed to the edge or printed across two pages. Printing them huge is the only way to do it. Some even have additional cropped views for a closer look at the details. The paper is the thick low gloss type. There are 176 pages.

I like this book more than the earlier books Star Wars Art: Visions and Star Wars Art: Comics. Here, most are just classic Star Wars art. Majority are character based with just a handful featuring spaceships and space.

The art is great. They aren't created specially for this book but are curated from all sorts of promotional material, merchandise, etc. The quality is outstanding and awe-inspiring. You expect nothing less when there are names like Ralph McQuarrie, Tsuneo Sanda, Dave Dorman, Jerry Vanderstelt, Terese Nielson, Drew Struzan, Dave Seeley and many more.

Some of the paintings are really detailed and you really have to pause and admire them. Again, it's good that they are printed huge. Tsuneo Sanda's illustrations seem to be infused with some sort of magical glow. While you might have seen some of the art from other books or sources, it's nice to have them all collected in one volume.

This is an excellent book. Definitely one of the best Star Wars artbooks around.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Daily Zoo Goes to Paris!
Daily Zoo Goes to Paris!
von Chris Ayers
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 10,92

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5.0 von 5 Sternen More please, 12. November 2012
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Daily Zoo Goes to Paris! (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Länge:: 0:30 Minuten

As I'm writing this review, Chris Ayers has already passed Year Seven of Daily Zoo, a personal art project to help himself recover from battling off leukemia. I'm glad he is fine. It's very inspiring to read his story, his journey.

The Daily Zoo Goes to Paris is the companion artbook for the exhibition that was held at Galerie Daniel Maghen in January 2012. It's hardcover edition, 64 pages, collecting 50 unpublished works. It's a bit thin but the art is great, always has been. The characters feel like they have a life on their own, and just by looking at the postures you can feel their personalities.

You must also check out Daily Zoo Year One, Daily Zoo Year Two and if you want a colouring book, MY Daily Zoo.

By the way, I'm hoping for Year Three - Six (and now Seven) to have their books published. Maybe into an ultimate collection. I don't mind.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


The Art of Wreck-It Ralph (The Art of Disney)
The Art of Wreck-It Ralph (The Art of Disney)
von Jennifer Lee Monn
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 25,69

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Colourful quirky world of video game, 12. November 2012
Länge:: 1:19 Minuten

Wreck-It Ralph has an interesting premise that will probably tickle gamers. It's amusing to see how gaming is spoofed. The book features the concept art, character designs, storyboards and colorscripts. There are lots of funny ideas and art.

The book is split into roughly three parts that correspond to the game worlds that Ralph has to travel through. There's the 8-bit world, the First Person Shooter world, and finally the Sugar Rush world where the go-karts are racing.

The first part looks at the 8-bit world as realised in 3D. The character designs are the cute big-head-short-legs type. I was looking out for game villains designs for the nostalgia but there aren't as many compared to the other characters.

The FPS world is a strong juxtaposition from the two other worlds. The concept art here looks like they can for Halo, Mass Effect, or Gears of War. There are background art, vehicles and the technology. The only giveaway is the more caricatured character faces, cute cy-bugs and Ralph's armoured suit showing his big belly.

The last part featuring the Sugar Rush world will get you into a sugar high just from looking at the pictures. There are landscape paintings of chocolate and candy, fluffy candy floss clouds, house of cakes, candy go-karts, biscuit soldiers and donut cops. There are even photos of the staff making models out of real confectionery. I feel unhealthy already after looking at so much sugar.

The contrasting worlds and their quirky game characters makes this a wonderful artbook.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


The Art of Assassin's Creed III
The Art of Assassin's Creed III
von Andy McVittie
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 22,95

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Transported back again to another time, 11. November 2012
Länge:: 1:24 Minuten

I find that Assassin's Creed books are generally quite good. It's not just artbooks, the game guides too, and of course the wonderful Assassin's Creed Encyclopedia which is now updated to 384 pages for Assassin's Creed 3, available at Ubi Workshop online store.

The Art of Assassin's Creed is a 144-page hardcover artbook in rather similar size to the first artbook Assassin's Creed Limited Edition Art Book.

This time, the game travels back in time to the American Revolution from 1753 to 1783. As such, you'll see a lot of period costume designs, so much that I think fashion design probably flourished at that time. Most of the character designs are of soldiers and generals in uniform.

The environment art consist of a small portion on present day and the rest are in the past. You can really see how the mood is set by colours and lighting. Abstergo offices look rather sterile with the hard edges and the Temple is more stylized without going into much details. Environments for the past look bleak. It's like the sky is overcast every day, regardless of whether you're in the forest, town or at sea.

I noticed that many paintings have a tendency with subjects blending into the dark shadows. Like if Connor Kenway is perched atop a structure with his face lit, the unlit part of the body will just merge with the unidentifiable structure. That's the soft edges technique in art. In this case, I guess it's to emphasis something about camouflaging, and to keep you wondering what's lurking in the shadows.

There's not a lot on weapons. The main bulk of art are on characters and the environments. Commentary comes with all the illustrations and they talk about the art and setting.

The art is great but the subjects and artistic style might not appeal to some people. I spoke to a friend and he said he preferred the art for the earlier games. I also felt that way to a certain extent.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


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