UDON's Art of Capcom: Complete Edition is quite an artbook to behold. This is the largest artbook ever from Udon at 600 pages. Very impressive indeed.
The first thing to note is this is actually the compilation of two earlier artbooks from Udon, namely Udon's Art of Capcom (304 pages) released in 2007 and UDON's Art of Capcom 2 (284 pages) released in 2010. So if you have those two artbooks, you're going to see mostly duplicated artworks, and hence it's not going to be worth buying it again. If you don't have those two artbooks, then this is a great collection to get into Capcom art.
Unlike most of Udon's artbooks, this is a hardcover edition. The cover art is beautiful. Binding is great for a book this thick. The book looks and feels great overall. However, I feel that the paper is slightly thinner but not really a major issue. The reproduction quality is still top notch with good colours and sharpness.
The content in the book are arranged by the games, namely Street Fighter (342 pages), Darkstalkers (64 pages), Rival Schools (22 pages), World of Capcom (48 pages) and other game projects (119 pages). The edge of the pages are colour coded to these five sections.
The last section on other game projects is actually also based on the main games such as Street Fighter, Darkstalkers etc. The main difference is here the artworks aren't splash art pages but miscellaneous art like game sprites, ending cut scenes, environment art for the stages, comic panels based off the games, and other stuff.
So what's new?
Well, the new artworks are the ones created after 2010 when UDON's Art of Capcom 2 came out. It can be difficult to spot the new ones because artworks in the books are credited with the artist names and purpose but the year is usually left out. But from the few I know are new, they are the box art for Marvel vs Capcom 3 Collector's Edition, cover art for the hardcover limited editions artbooks, Marvel vs Capcom 2 promo art and storyboards, and a handful of others.
All in all, this is an amazing artbook. The art is fantastic and it's definitely value for money. Highly recommended.
If you're shipping this book out of USA, watch out for the additional weight surcharge just before you confirm your purchase. For overseas buyers, you might want to compare prices with your local bookstore and consider getting it locally, or get it from Book Depository where the shipping cost is included in the price.
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This book is supposedly out of print. When I saw it on Amazon in stock, I just grabbed it instantly. I'm pretty sure this is a reprint although nowhere inside the book suggested that. Currently, the book is back in availability in most places. Oh, the out-of-stock prices went over US$100 the other time.
Udon's Art of Capcom is Udon's art book tribute to Capcom published in 2007, signifying five years of working together.
This book isn't just about Street Fighter, although it takes up the main bulk of the book. It also contains art for Darkstalkers, Rival School, World of Capcom and Capcom Fighting Evolution. Many of these are full page colour illustrations.
The artistic style is mainly Japanese manga so I guess most of the artists are the comic artists. I've read other reviewers say that some of the images have appeared from the comic books, so there might be some repetition. I don't have the comics so I can't comment on that. Let's just say that the art is still great.
For Fighting Evolution, many comic panels for character endings are included.
Right at the end are two tutorials on how two of the illustrations are created, one being the cover art. The tutorials are from Arnold Tsang and Omar Dogan.
This is a recommended book to fans of Udon and character designers.
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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A literal complete collection of all Udon Capcom commissioned work. Collecting both volumes of their previous Art of Capcom books into one massive tome. With Udon's commissioned works on Capcom games and their publishing+translations of existing artbooks in Japan it may be difficult to comprehend the difference between this and the official Capcom artists have made to promote each game especially with Street Fighter as Udon is now heavily involved with the comics side of things. This is a collection of UDON's works with Capcom and not Capcom's artists (Bengus, Akiman, Kinu, Gouda etc.) which can be found in SF20 or the updated SF25 again published by Udon.
If you're a fan of Udon's DeviantART page or even just one of their artists, this omnibus is a must have as a one of purchase. It has mostly everything you need or have been missing from the previous Art of Capcom books. The only omission I can find from owning the first Art of Capcom is the tutorial the cover artists give when they were making the covers which is a really nice addition for any aspiring artists. It's a not a game changer and certainly isn't worth breaking the bank to obtain the now overpriced Art of Capcom #1 as the Complete Collection has soo content within that it will quench that visual thirst for Street Fighter and Capcom arts.
This book is two thirds street fighter II pictures maybe later books in the series will have more from other games? I will be sure to find out as this book is stunning. I once got a capcom art book when i was in japan and while that's was a little better (more varied) it was in kanji which i don't read. I have a few other Japanese art books masamune shirow and the like. This book really stands out. The bold bright fun images in here are a real joy to own. Great inspiration for comic book artist's or just fun for lovers of popular character art.
The book is great, it has nice artwork and colour styles from various artists. It doesn't just contain street fighter characters and the quality and binding is amazing. It had even arrived much quicker than I had anticipated.