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Dragon Girl and Monkey King Hardcover – 7 Aug 2014

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A Wonderful Addition to Any Library 5 Aug. 2014
By Terri M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Dragon Girl and Monkey King art book is an excellent and quality product. It's a hardcover, no slip, with the cover illustrations printed on the end pages. The pages are very well laid out with a pleasing type treatment. There are three main bodies of text within the book: the foreword by del Toro, Selected Pieces, and then an interview with Terada.

As an artist, I was hoping for some insight into Terada's technical and mental process, but the interview was a wash. It did not reveal anything particularly interesting. It might as well have been a continuation of the Selected Pieces because the interviewer spent at least a third of the interview pointing out pieces from the book he liked and asked Terada to speak about them. In Selected Pieces, Terada says an average of a paragraph about the chosen pieces. The editor then adds some information about the artwork, such as where it was first printed.

Regardless of that disappointment, this book is beautiful, well done, and a wonderful addition to any library. Illustrations throughout Terada's career are printed large and in high quality with little to take away or distract from his work.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Tons of great Katsuya Terada art in a big, sturdy hardcover book. 2 Sept. 2014
By blauereiter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
To see more pictures from the book, please visit my blog via my Amazon profile link.

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.

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.

I've been asked by many readers on my blog 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.

In summary, a beautiful and extensive Katsuya Terada art book for a great price. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
North Americans Can Finally Explore Terada Incognita 4 Jan. 2015
By C. K. Lidster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Katsuya Terada has very few rivals in the world of Japanese illustration and manga. Yoshitaka Amano and Katsuhiro Otomo are likely his equals in terms of influence -- Amano as an illustrator, and Otomo as the mangaka who reordered the sequential art universe with Domu and his masterpiece, Akira. Terada's full-color manga adaptation of the Buddhist classic 'Journey to the West' is the 'Monkey King' referred to in the title, a visually spectacular epic that radically re-imagined it's source material with a sexually-charged irreverence typical of his career.

The 'Dragon Girl' is a reference to one of his more recent paintings, representing his long and prolific career in illustration. His work is populated by demons and corrupted angels, wizards and hybrid monsters, astronauts and intricately rendered spacecraft. Dark fantasy is his wheel-house, but hard-boiled SF is also indebted to his unstained brushes and pens, his freely applied and completely illusory oils, his roughly layered tones of ones and zeroes; he is a true innovator, and was integral to the way digital painting has evolved... his art is often indistinguishable from oils and acrylics. Blowing up his virtual canvas to dimensions that dwarf even the massive scales employed by artists like Chuck Close or Gottfried Helnwein, this allows Terada the ability to apply the tiniest digital brushstrokes to every square centimetre of a work that would translate to a physical size of 10 metres across and 5 metres high, achieving a level of complexity and detail otherwise impossible. But his most impressive technique of the last few years has been to develop a digital painting style that replicates the unpredictable, flawed, and expressionistic qualities of oils.

His aesthetic approach is a fusion of East and West. Terada takes inspiration from the 'Metal Hurlant' generation of European bande dessinee, most notably Moebius, Enki Bilal, Juan Gimenez, Francois Schuiten, and Milo Manara. Some of Japan's greatest artist-illustrators have similar influences, blending Euro-comics with Tezuka-type classic manga, including Otomo, Satoshi Kon, Tsutomu Nihei, and Taiyo Matsumoto. The Euro influence has also led to his Manara-like gift for painting beautiful women. His 'cheesecake' art always employs elements from fantasy and science fiction: half-demon women with grotesque appendages show off their otherwise perfect, naked forms; space-girl astronauts in ridiculously impractical and very revealing spacesuits pose provocatively with phallic rayguns; a stunning young women wearing fuzzy pink kitten-ears and whiskers plays the role of Schrodinger's famous cat, frozen in a quantum super-position, simultaneously 'alive' and 'dead', both possible states scrawled on one of two sticky-notes barely concealing her nipples. His color rendering makes for realistic skin and nearly 3D contours... if you're into that sort of thing. Many are, apparently; they just prefer their women to be imaginary.

Dark Horse has been in the Monograph business for years, and you can always expect to get a beautifully produced volume that is well worth the money. Having published art-books collecting the work of Hiroaki Samura, Yoshitaka Amano and Katsuhiro Otomo, this Terada collection is long over-due, but well worth the wait. At 9" x 12" and 200 pages long, it uses the thick glossy paper you'd expect if not demand, but with a less preferable binding-type. For the price, however, this is a small concession. The books design is excellent, from the cover to the layouts to the endpapers. Just as importantly, it includes a well-written introduction, over 10 pages of annotations and commentary from the editor and Terada, and concludes with an enlightening interview; Dark Horse released the Amano collection 'The Sky' with absolutely nothing in the way of introductions, commentary, or interviews, despite having several hundred pages; the result was an impressive and exhaustive release that felt somewhat empty. DGaMK, in comparison, feels so dense the ink must contain osmium. It is also far superior to the PIE Books monograph 'Ten', an exhibition catalog for the show dedicated to his works of the last decade. I liked it as well, but the tankobon 5.5" x 8.25" format is too small, and only a fraction of the book is full-color. This is the Terada monograph to invest in, for fans and newcomers alike.
If you could only buy one Katsuya Terada art book, this is the one. 23 Sept. 2014
By law1349 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the best all around art book I've seen of Terada's artwork. Now I admit, I haven't seen them all yet, but this is an impressive collection. The large size of the book really shows the drawings well. A lot of his books have too many rough sketches for my liking. I appreciate those things at times, but I really want to see the best the artist has to offer. This book's got it. The book is quality in every sense. The best part is the price. You'll never be able to buy another Terada art book this cheap (at the moment). His books from Japan are expensive. I wish Dark horse would release more of his artwork for those of us who can't afford to lay down nearly $100 for a book.
Personally I would have preferred traditional based coloring like Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal or Inouhe Takehiko's .. 22 Dec. 2014
By Steve L - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Most r computer based graphics & coloring. Personally I would have preferred traditional based coloring like Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal or Inouhe Takehiko's excellent 2 vol Water artbooks where the artists skills are better appreciated.Nevertheless Katsuya Terada is an excellent artist in his own right.
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