Probably the most famous arcade fighting game ever created, Capcom’s Street Fighter has spawned countless other wannabes since its release more than 20 years ago, and has undoubtedly defined the look and feel of today’s fighting game genre.
As part of the game’s 20th anniversary celebration, Capcom has published the artbook “Street Fighter Artworks”, a culmination of more than 2 decades of character design work, concept art and illustrations that made Street Fighter the brand that it is today. At a whopping 320 pages spanning over 1500 illustrations (easily twice the thickness of The Art of Dark Stalkers artbook ), this is the most comprehensive collection of Street Fighter artwork ever published.
The book is divided into various chapters by artist, namely Akiman, Nishimura Kinu, CRMK, Ikeno, Daichan, Edayan, and Shinkiro. The final chapter is a collection of miscellaneous artwork by various other artists.
(above) Some chibi-fied character designs. I wonder what these designs were used for ?
(above) Artwork by the one and only Shinkiro, one of my favourite game character designer/concept artist. He is also one of the lead designers behind SNK’s King of Fighters. (below) Sumi-e style character designs for the latest Street Fighter IV, created by Polygon Pictures. Anyone playing this on PS3 now ?
Street Fighter fan or not, the book is definitely worth checking out for its huge collection of amazing artwork.