Dragon Girl And Monkey King – Katsuya Terada Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on August 30th, 2014

Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book

Dragon Girl And Monkey King is a big hard cover book showcasing the art of Japanese illustrator Katsuya Terada, concept artist for Blood : The Last Vampire and the manga Monkey King. Published by Dark Horse, this is Terada’s first art book in English language.

The scope and quantity of art work covered is extensive – over 200 pages of full colored illustrations making great use of the book’s substantial print size.

Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book

(above left) A Pacific Rim poster for a Japanese promotional piece. Director Guillermo Del Toro provides the foreword for the book; Terada worked on some concept design for his film Hellboy.

Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book

(above & below) Illustrations from Terada’s Monkey King ( Saiyukiden Daienou ), probably the artist’s most famous manga. The story is loosely based on the Chinese mythological tale Journey To The West.

Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book

(above) Illustrations for Blood : The Last Vampire.

Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book

(above) This piece was used as the official art of Terada’s 10 year retrospective art exhibition held in Kyoto in 2013. (below left) The artist’s take on Totoro for the Totoro Forest Project.

Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book

(above left) A familiar red demon makes an appearance too.

Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book

At the end of the book Terada provides some additional information on a few select pieces of art work, as well as an interview. The contents of the interview are quite light and not superbly insightful – I found the English write-ups in Terada’s other art book “Erotic Engineering” to be more illuminating/interesting.

Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book
Dragon Girl And Monkey King Katsuya Terada Art Book

So is the book worth getting ?

Short version : Yes.

Long version : I’ve been asked by many readers before the release of the book if it’s worth buying should they already own another of Terada’s art book, and my answer is yes, for the following reasons :

1) New content – This book offers an overall, comprehensive* look on Terada’s art, which most of his Japanese art books do not. A substantial percentage of the art work featured have, to the best of my knowledge, not been released in any other book before.

2) Excellent presentation – The huge size of the book really shows off Terada’s illustrations; the reproductions are crisp and sharp, and the paper quality is great. The sturdy hardcover format and bind also makes the book durable and can be enjoyed for a a long time to come. ( Most of Terada’s Japanese art books are neither hard cover nor huge in print size. )

3) Great value – For such a hard cover book of this size and page count (200), the price is very reasonable. A Japanese publication with the same specs will probably sell at a higher price.

* It is worth noting here that Terada’s more explicit, erotically charged adult-themed illustrations are mostly absent – there are still art work with full frontal nudity but those featuring phallic shaped objects and bondage themes have been left out; I’m guessing it’s Dark Horse’s decision so as to cater to a wider demographic.

“Dragon Girl And Monkey King – The Art Of Katsuya Terada” book details :

Dimensions – 12 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
Hardcover, 200 pages
Full Color, in English

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3 Responses to “Dragon Girl And Monkey King – Katsuya Terada Art Book Review”

DISTRAKT

I got to get my hands on this.

tambang

Thanks for the review yonghow! This is what I’m waiting for!
I’m going to get this gem then!

yonghow

DISTRAKT – Definitely ! :]

tambang – Glad the review helped. Hope you’ll enjoy the book. :]

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