Okami Official Complete Works Paperback – 10 Jun 2008
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The first thing I noticed was the size - I'm usually not expecting a lot when buying artbooks, but this was a great suprise. The sheer amount of pages is enough, and had I known this sooner, it wouldn't have taken me so long to buy.
The second thing I loved instantly was the cover. It has a beautiful shimmery pattern across it, and it's even in the traditional right-to-left Japanese reading style, which was a definite plus in my opinion.
Then the artwork...simply wow. For a game so beautiful, seeing the artwork was a great pleasure. To see how the concept artists transferred their style over to the game was amazing! As far as I can see, each character in the game has a place in this book, and all the major bosses have their own page.
It's not just final designs and renders, either, like some dissapointing artbooks these days: there's tons of sketches in there, and to see them so nicely printed is a great thing.
All in all, this is an amazing purchase, and I would have paid a lot more for it had I seen it sooner. I've paid double as much for thinner artbooks, so this is an amazing buy in my opinion.
If, like I was, you're not sure, and are still on the fence, I highly recommend there is nothing in here that could disappoint, and that it's well worth the money.
Even before you open it you get the feeling that you are in for a special treat, it reads in traditional Japanese way, meaning from left to right.
It is crammed with images, from character design (ones used in the game and ones left out) to set designs. There is very little technical stuff in the book which was what I was expecting seeing as this was a game.
Reading the book you get the feeling that you are looking through somebodies sketchbook with comments written next to the drawings, you can feel the designers excitement and passion about the project.
Unlike most art books I've read the images are presented on a textured paper reminiscent of the game itself.
This would be a great book for people who played the game and fell in love with the art style that was used.
People who have not played the game will still find it enjoyable yet don't expect there to be any variations of style used. The style of the game was kept through out the whole design process.
If you like Okami and have an interest in art, buy it! it's gorgeous.
Okami features the most unique art direction I've seen for any computer game. It is heavily inspired by Japanese watercolour painting and wood carving art of the Ukiyo-e style. It's an amazing concept to combine watercolour in computer game art, moreover, use it in the actual game itself.
This thick 288-page art book is filled to the brim with content. There are official character art including the concept sketches, storyboards, paintings created by by Issun the Celestial Envoy while on journey with Okami Amaterasu and even some music sheets at the end. The application of watercolour to create cute character design is very refreshing.
Everything in the book is captioned. Characters have their introductions. The character designs are explained to the detail of why they wear what they wear. Concept sketches come with artists' reflection. And then there's the journal of Issun, which is a whole big section by itself. There's so much stuff to read, so much information and stories into background of the characters and places.
This book is highly recommended and worth taking a look even if you have no idea what the game Okami is about.
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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