I have no idea what the publisher was thinking when they published this book. As soon as I received the book and opened it, it was obvious this book would fall apart if you decided to open the book fully. I honestly think there should be a recall on the book. It is that bad. I haven't seen anything this bad since purchasing one of James Jean's books ( the calendar one). Just sad. I had to give it 1 star since the binding has rendered the book useless. The publisher owes all the artists whose works appear in the book and all the people that enthusiastically purchased this book an apology. The art and the amount of it would have garnered a 5 from me if the binding was anywhere near what it should have been. Some may think 1 star is harsh, but a book is meant to be looked through, and concept books especially. This one you can not.
The Art of Darksiders is a 288-page paperback art book, thicker than I expected. The cover is nice and has some shimmer underneath the art.
Joe Madureira is the creative director for Darksiders and the artistic direction is largely influenced by his designs.
The book is packed with hundreds of concept art on the characters, environment, weapons, artifacts, CG models and other illustrations. There are lots of sketches for anything that moves. The environment art are mainly coloured pieces. The art is beautiful and there are details everywhere.
The text was lacking as there are only character and location descriptions. With so much art, I was expecting some artist commentary regarding the game but there is none. Strangely, there's also no foreword and introduction -- you go straight into the art on page 1.
The binding for a book this thick is quite bad, hence the average rating I gave. It's fragile and will break when you open it too much. The alternative hardcover edition is only sold at Udon's site and cost too much.
It's a great art book let down by the terrible binding. Darksiders and video game art fans can expect bittersweet satisfaction.
I loved Darksiders, the game was just amazing..but what really made it amazing was its visuals. Then here comes THE ART OF DARKSIDERS.. I'm not going to to go into much detail because I don't think I have to, the art here is amazing. It has lots of concept art, cg renders, character design art, environments, promotional pictures and everything is really just awesome. Its just AWESOME!.. If I could rate the book on art alone.. I would give it a 5 out of 5...
NOW here is the downside... The book's binding is horrible and you cant even open the book completely without it tearing apart.. I thought it was just my book but my teacher's book is also like this and from the reviews I've read, other people are having this problem as well. My book's pages started falling out after the first day I got the thing ............................I even got my book replaced by amazon and now I'm afraid to really look at it now due to fear of the binding screwing up again. This is sad because the book's art is so amazing.. but it has such horrible binding.. other Udon artbooks don't have this problem WHY DOES THIS ONE??.. An alternative choice is to buy the hardcover version of the book but at 80$...eh who knows..
This book is certainly one of the best concept art books I've ever bought. I was flabbergasted at how thick the book was as well as how dense with content. I've spent more on much less before on these types of books. Not only does it contain concept art and renders of characters, places, etc., but it also shows concepts on something that I haven't seen any other book do: typography and logo. It actually features the Darksiders title and logo concepts as well as everything else, along with other symbols and insignias. The book also has gorgeous finished works in the back. Definitely worth the price and a must-have for aspiring designers and artists. It's an extremely valuable reference for successful visual development in video games.
After owning this book for a short while, the pages are already starting to come out. It seems the gluing job was not done that well. I haven't even flipped through it too much and this is already happening. I would have thought the binding would have been better for such a heavy book.
Firstly I have to say that Madureira's art is absolutely amazing. I loved the artstyle so much that returning this book to Amazon made it that much more heartbreaking. I still plan to get the hardcover of this, but until then I would not recommend that anyone buy it in it's current poorly designed state. By poor design, I mean that the pages instantly started to fall out upon opening for the first time. It was very disappointing.
this book wasn't as amazing as it could have been. for starters, there is hardly any character artwork. most of the character pictures are early sketches/renders. War has the most pages dedicated to him (of course), but a lot of it is what he looked like before now (in early stages of production) and not his finalized appearance, along with different armour. other characters (like Watcher and Vulgrim) have hardly anything dedicated to them (with the afore mentioned only having ONE page each with 2-3 pictures and small CG renders plopped on a page with a buncha others), and most of them are just B&W sketches. i was expecting a lot of Joe Mad colour artwork of the characters, what i got was disappointment. there is a lot of very nice colour pictures of War and Ruin, but that's about it. there so many interesting characters in Darksiders, its a shame most of them got the shaft in this book.
the bulk of this book is even worse, its just environmental artwork. basically pictures of backgrounds, objects, areas, etc., along with logos, item icons, etc., nothing that is too exciting to look at in large quantities, nor anything i would want an art book just for.
the quality of the book itself is shabby, as well. from just normally looking through it, the spine becomes unglued and pages start to fall out. i even returned the book and got another, and it still did the same thing. i am very gentle with my stuff, so it certainly wasn't from rough-handling. i am not sure how the Hardcover version fairs as i have the Softcover.
i would really love to see another Darksiders art book released, but dedicated to only the characters, with lots of new artwork done especially for the book. now THAT would be a book worthy!Read more ›