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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926778928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926778921
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 2.3 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 April 2014
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Dragon's Dogma: Official Design Works is the video game concept art book for the game that was released in 2012. It's a paperback book that's 312 pages thick. It's well worth the money for the amount of content packed inside.

This is actually the English translated edition for the similarly titled (phonetically) Japanese art book ドラゴンズドグマオフィシャルデザインワークス released in 2012. Udon translated this edition.

The artworks are grouped into a few sections, namely key art & illustrations, characters, monsters, weapons & armor, stages and items. There are some descriptions and commentary from the design staff.

The scene paintings are a mixture of CG and rough art treatment. Looks good though because of the composition and exciting elements, well, men vs giant monsters.

Highlight of the book is the character and creature designs that form the bulk of the book. Main and miscellaneous characters are included with all sorts of costume concepts, and with breakdown into the amor worn by different vocations. Sketches are included in the detail breakdown. With the line art, it's easier the visualise parts of the costumes. The creature and monster designs are pretty cool too.

The environment art looks beautiful are rather small, especially for those more detailed pieces that deserve a bigger reproduction.

They also included photos of how they made the giant dragon statue for the Tokyo Game Show 2011.

Overall, it's a fantastic companion art book for Dragon's Dogma fans.
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I think I prefer the format of some of Udon's other concept art books, the monster hunter ones are much longer and give more room but the fairly stiff paper isn't too difficult to handle and the binding is ok. At 312 pages you get a fair amount of content for the money as well.

One problem I have is that coming out in what is nearly the middle of 2014 I would have expected some concept art from the Dark Arisen addition and I was a little disappointed that there was none. Some concept art for Eliminators or the Gazer and the Bitterblack weapons and armour would, I think, have earned the book an additional star.

Having said all that, I would still recommend this book for anyone who likes the design in the game or anyone interested in fantasy art for sheer inspiration.
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While the absence of Dark Arisen concept is a shame, this is still a very good art book that showcases the distinctive, somewhat desaturated style used in the game. The main focus is on characters and monsters and each entry typically has at least a few design versions and a final CG render for comparison. Design notes are interspersed throughout but seem fairly limited compared to some other art books. It's very much show, don't tell here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 312 pages packed with art 15 April 2014
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dragon's Dogma: Official Design Works is the video game concept art book for the game that was released in 2012. It's a paperback book that's 312 pages thick. It's well worth the money for the amount of content packed inside.

This is actually the English translated edition for the similarly titled (phonetically) Japanese art book ドラゴンズドグマオフィシャルデザインワークス released in 2012. Udon translated this edition.

The artworks are grouped into a few sections, namely key art & illustrations, characters, monsters, weapons & armor, stages and items. There are some descriptions and commentary from the design staff.

The scene paintings are a mixture of CG and rough art treatment. Looks good though because of the composition and exciting elements, well, men vs giant monsters.

Highlight of the book is the character and creature designs that form the bulk of the book. Main and miscellaneous characters are included with all sorts of costume concepts, and with breakdown into the amor worn by different vocations. Sketches are included in the detail breakdown. With the line art, it's easier the visualise parts of the costumes. The creature and monster designs are pretty cool too.

The environment art looks beautiful are rather small, especially for those more detailed pieces that deserve a bigger reproduction.

They also included photos of how they made the giant dragon statue for the Tokyo Game Show 2011.

Overall, it's a fantastic companion art book for Dragon's Dogma fans.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely done art book. 7 May 2014
By Dr. Girlfriend - Published on Amazon.com
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I really feel that Dragon's Dogma never got the attention it deserved. I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game - and I fell in love with many of the stylistic choices that went into creating the in-game world.

As far as art books for games go -- this one is pretty thorough. It's exactly what I want from an art book. It has great depth of detail. There's plenty of alternate looks, and the reader is walked through various character evolutions. Sure, I enjoy page after page of gorgeous screen-captures, but this book goes well beyond that & gives the reader some insight into the design team's aesthetic.

My only complaint is that this wasn't offered in the US in a hardcover edition.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Done 26 Mar. 2014
By Harvestbuddy - Published on Amazon.com
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This artbook is a beautiful collection for anyone to have, especially if you've invested some time in the game. The book showcases many early concept art as well as character portraits and their alternative costumes during early design. Many pictures in the book also have quite a few artist commentary on the choices they made while designing a level, monster, or character. Architectural buildings show some of the blueprints and functions also! Did I mention that just about all weapons, staves, and shields are laid out nicely towards the end? The whole book ends at 311 pages using stiff paper and a softcover but highlights many high quality images. One thing to notice is that the art of characters really bring them alive as to how some characters can be stiff in the game due to limitations. I can only imagine how the sequel will be!
4.0 out of 5 stars Gransys Never Looked So Good 10 Nov. 2015
By Nicole B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book for over a year and it was well worth the wait. Every page is chock full of detail and there are so many sketches that scream cosplay fodder (if you're into that sort of thing. :) ) I was pleasantly surprised by the chapter on the weapons. The weapon renders are presented from every angle and really made me appreciate the work that went into designing each piece. Another win was the numerous comments from the artists and directors, many of which add to the lore and backstories of the game's world and characters that couldn't be fully explored in the game for time or difficulty reasons. I absolutely love this book and will probably wear the spine out before too long! My only problem with the book is that it is also full of spoilers, so if you're like me and are taking your time to complete the game read this book with caution! (To be fair, I should have seen that this coming, so the spoiling is completely my fault. I just want to make sure others do not share my fate!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book! 15 Jan. 2015
By Weedlord Creditspender - Published on Amazon.com
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An awesome and surprisingly thorough look at the labor and love that went into designing one of the best underrated games of the 7th gen.

Would definitely recommend to hardcore Dragon's Dogma fans, Capcom aficionados, and amateur game designers.
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