Darkstalkers Tribute is the second tribute volume, the first being the Street Fighter Tribute (SFT) -- which is awesome. This time round, it brought in over 2000 submissions, more than SFT's 1300!
This is a paperback without a dust jacket and there are 296 pages. The paper is slightly thinner than SFT but doesn't affect the art book in anyway. The colour reproduction is still brilliant.
With so many artists contributing, the variety of style is amazing, of course. Some of the styles included are manga, caricature, 3D, chibi, game art, vector and many others. There's even a very sexy sculpted model of Morrigan.
Not just style, some of the ideas and concepts are really fun. There are illustrations of Darkstalkers when they are old but still fighting, Baby Bonnie Hood with mecha enhancements, Transformers-style and other wacky stuff. Looks like everyone spent a lot of time on their work.
Every illustration is captioned with the artists and their websites, which opens up more avenues for exploration if you like the artist's work you see.
It's another great tribute, highly recommended to character designers, fantasy art and Darkstalkers lovers.
I wonder what tribute Udon will come up with next.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I have rarely been as delighted with a purchase as I was with this. It is absolutely wonderful. This 300 Pages of pure visual feast is a collection of fanart submitted to Udon from across the world, featuring artists from Japan, Korea, America, Canada, Italy, Britain, Spain, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Brazil, Iraq, Phillipines, Argentina, and many more, proving Darkstalkers international appeal. Not bad for a game franchise that has not had a new instalment for over a decade. I love the Darkstalkers games, they are a masterclass in creative character design, a testament to the extraordinary creativity of Japanese games developers. These colourful characters are some of the most vivid creations ever to set foot in a video-game. The sexy Morrigan, the powerful Maximoff, undead rocker Zabel, furry Felicia, Wolfman Gallon, the bizarre Lei-Lei, and a very unique twist on Red Riding Hood, to name just a few amongst the Yetis, Mermen, Demonic Samurais and other oddities that populate the world of Darkstalkers.
The styles of art vary hugely, each page offering something different from the last, and every picture unique. There are stunning illustrative artworks, hilarious concepts, and stylised works to be found here.
Even if you have no interest in video-games, buy this if you love fantasy art or anything that lets the imagination take flight. You will not be disappointed. I have fallen in love with this book and I hope you will, too.