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Dragon Girl and Monkey King [Hardcover]

Katsuya Terada

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7 Aug 2014
Dark Horse proudly presents the first English-language artbook showcasing one of Japan's most sought-after painters and illustrators, Katsuya Terada. Dragon Girl and Monkey King collects Terada's art in every mood: sexy, brutal, bizarre and humourous, including his distinctive Hellboy figurine work, commentary, and an exclusive interview with the artist. This is a landmark release for one of the most prominent 'rakugaki' artists in the world - the art of drawing a little and often, wherever you can.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Addition to Any Library 5 Aug 2014
By Terri M. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of great Katsuya Terada art in a big, sturdy hardcover book. 2 Sep 2014
By blauereiter - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you could only buy one Katsuya Terada art book, this is the one. 23 Sep 2014
By law1349 - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and beautiful 31 Aug 2014
By J. Willson - Published on Amazon.com
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A book of beautiful artwork from Terada, a unique stylist among the Asian art scene. A collection of stunning illustrations.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Sep 2014
By Diego ROSSETTI - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful book, for those who like this artist I recommend it, you will definitely inspiration
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