Seasons greetings ! I hope everyone is enjoying the festivities of Christmas and the New Year. As you take a moment to digest all that sumptuous holiday food here’s a look at my favorite art books of 2015.
I reviewed a total of 70 art books this year; you can see the full list here. I hope there’s at least a book or two in the list that will pique your interest. ( do note that not all the books listed here were published in 2015. ) Enjoy ! –
1) Ohrai Noriyoshi II : 1966-1984
The great Ohrai Noriyoshi, who sadly passed away in October this year. Well known for his poster work on The Empire Strikes Back, this art book features a huge collection of his best works and is a fitting tribute to the artist.
A deluxe edition of manga artist Yamada Akihiro’s Record Of Lodoss War. The bigger print size allows for greater appreciation of the artist’s minute and detailed draftsmanship, and the 2 volume set also comes with a smaller book with gorgeous colored illustrations.
The original manga to which Miyazaki Hayao’s anime film The Wind Rises is based on, a series of 9 chapters published in the Japanese magazine Model Graphix from 2009 to 2010, and now collected in this single volume. I can never tire of Miyazaki’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations.
Pareidolia is a breathtaking art book by internationally renowned artist/illustrator James Jean ( Fables, Rebus ). Running at 288 pages, the book features art work that spans the majority of his career and includes a dust jacket cover that folds out into a stunning poster.
Yoh Yoshinari (吉成 曜) is a Japanese key animator/storyboard artist known for his work on Evangelion, Gurren Lagann and Little Witch Academia. This is his first art book and features a fantastic collection of illustrations and sketches from his portfolio, from Evangelion to Gurren Lagann and more.
Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré ( 1832 – 1883 ) was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator and sculptor. Often called “the most illustrious of illustrators”, Gustave Doré prolific portfolio ran the gamut from art work in editions of the Bible, Dante’s Inferno, Poe’s The Raven, The Adventures of Don Quixote, and even in Hollywood, from King Kong to Seven.
ARS MAGNA is a collection of illustrations by manga artist Yukito Kishiro, most well known for his Gunnm ( Battle Angel Alita ) series of comics. This is his first published art book and the bulk of the contents feature illustrations from the various Gunnm manga series, a chapter for Aqua Knight, and one of the final chapters feature art work from numerous smaller projects.
This art book by Taschen is a splendid reproduction of the now out of print deluxe edition, first published in 2009. Although slightly smaller in print size than the original edition, the book is still a hefty volume and comes at a much lower price tag, making it a great value purchase for a very comprehensive collection of Caravaggio’s works.
The late Kon Satoshi’s 3 volume ( plus an additional supplementary booklet ) set collecting the full storyboards used during the production of Perfect Blue, beautifully reproduced in A4 sized format.
Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn : The Art Of Eorzea ( ファイナルファンタジーXIV: 新生エオルゼア) is the official art book for the MMORPG game by Square Enix, featuring a huge collection of illustrations and art work created during production of the game.
Alien The Archive – The Ultimate Guide To The Classic Movies is a veritable treasure trove of concept art and production photographs that comprehensively documents the making of the 4 Alien films – Alien/Aliens/Alien3/Alien Resurrection.
The Tokyo Genso art book imagines a post-apocalyptic Japan through a series of fascinating illustrations depicting a barren and desolate Tokyo landscape gradually reclaimed by nature. The images will certainly resonate strongly with any Tokyoite ( or anyone who has spent a considerable amount of time in Tokyo ) because the sights portrayed are landmarks that have come to define the sprawling metropolis.
Robert McGinnis ( born 1926 ) is an American artist and illustrator. He is known for his illustrations of more than 1,200 paperback book covers and 40 movie posters, including Breakfast at Tiffanys (his first film poster assignment), Barbarella, and several James Bond and Matt Helm films.
“Robert McGinnis can paint anything — a movie poster, a Western landscape — and draw you in. But when he paints a woman, he makes you fall in love.”
Oyaji (親父衆) is a collection of comics/drawings from 33 Japanese artists featuring their personal artistic interpretations on the subject matter of the “father figure”.
The project is spearheaded by Akira director Otomo Katsuhiro and his collaborator Katsuya Terada, with both of them contributing the most number of art work in the book. The last time such a super artist team-up ocurred, the amazing VIVA IL CICLISSIMO! art book happened.
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