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The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn Hardcover – 1 Mar 2017
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This is easily one of the most top rate art books in my vast collection. --Enemy Slime
A beautiful book that depicts just how gorgeous this game truly is --Gamers Sphere
The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn is a beautiful accompaniment to this amazing game and if you re a fan of this game or video game art in general, this books is filled with stunning imagery and information --Impulse Gamer
About the Author
Paul Davies has worked in gaming journalism for twentyyears, writing and editing magazines and websitesincluding Official Nintendo and Computer & VideoGames. He is the co-founder of media agency UnlikelyHero Ltd. whose clients include Yahoo! UK and Microsoft.
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Is good, in my opinion. The cover is art in itself; the main coloured details are raised in a slight relief so you can glide a hand over and *feel* as well as see. Pages are thick and satin-coat that feel sturdy and give a nice 'thwow' as you turn them; no issues with glare from light when reading, but also nothing appears 'flat'.
There is just the right blend of text and graphic in the book; there are notes from a variety of artistic persons who worked on the Horizon project, each written in their own voice and explaining what they were thinking or why as they worked on a part of the project - this all provides really interesting insight into the artistic process and I must say I really respect the amount of research and thinking they did before even setting brush to paper.
IMAGE AND ART QUALITY
I think is very good. The printing by no means takes anything away from the art itself - I haven't yet noticed anything that'd make me think 'hm, if they've messed up that piece by printing it wrong'.
Art includes immense but detailed cityscapes, vivid natural environments, character studies and freeform sketches to capture the movement or emotion of a particular character or creature. The most startling thing for me is how real or plausible many of the 'real intended' drawings are. I don't find myself thinking 'Hmm, that's a work of fantasy'. The cityscapes, though impressive, are testament to this. The sketches designed to just capture a movement, an expression or feeling likewise do this excellently. Occassionally a brush is used (i.e. to create trees), but this in itself is fascinating because you can see the process of what the artist focused their energy on vs. did quickly.
I can't say I am any authority on art books but I do like my art and really think this book is stunning. I hope they can do a book 2.
They have been working on this game for ten years and the detail, live and attention both in the book and the game is more than obvious.
To use a cliche, this is a must read.