Carmine – Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Art Collection Book Review

Posted By yonghow on October 18th, 2010

“Carmine” is a gorgeous collection of illustration art works by character designer / manga artist Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, most well known for his character design work  on the massively successful Evangelion series. While a couple of books feathering his art work on Evangelion have been published before, this is the first book that houses a comprehensive collection of all his recent illustration portfolio. ( for some older work, you might want to check out Alpha. )

Just like the Art of Evangelion “Der Mond” book, Carmine is a huge volume ( 13.1 x 10.1 x 0.7 inches, about 15 to 20% bigger than your average A4 sized artbook ), which also gives it additional real estate for big, beautiful prints. It might not fit as nicely on your shelf though.

(above) A familiar red bike makes an appearance.

Some new art work he painted for the Rebuild films. Can’t wait to catch the 3rd one.

(above ) Poster art from more recent works like A Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, where Sadamoto-san served as the character designer. (below) Pieces from Gunbuster and FLCL.

(below) Artwork from a rather nostalgic anime “Nadia The Secret of Blue Water”. I used to mix up the male lead Jean with Tombo of Kiki’s Delivery Service because they look rather alike, I guess its because Nadia was based on a concept by Miyazaki-san. Its interesting to note also that concept artist Tatsuyuki Tanaka also did some work on Nadia, which meant to say he might have been attached to Gainax at one point ?

(above right) A guest piece for the anime film “Blood The Last Vampire”, with character design by Katsuya Terada.

“Carmine” Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Art Collection details :

– Dimensions – 12.9 x 10.2 x 0.7 inches
– softcover with glossy jacket, 143 pages
– Full color with some B&W, in Japanese

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5 Responses to “Carmine – Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Art Collection Book Review”


Hum… I’ve bought Carmine from Japan but it was an hardcover version which cost me 13,000yen. Would they have the same content?


ruby – As far the book itself is concerned, the contents should be the same, though the book came in a special cardboard box and also some other extras, I believe ?


This book is BONKERS!


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