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The Art of Journey Hardcover – August 1, 2012

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Sony Computer Entertainment America's Santa Monica Studio and thatgamecompany in collaboration with Bluecanvas are proud to bring you The Art of Journey, a behind-the-scenes exploration of the ideas and visual development that went into the critically-acclaimed video game. Written by Journey® Art Director, Matt Nava, the book shows the stylistic influences, narrative devices and game design goals that made Journey what it is. Inside, readers will discover the thoughtful evolution of the Journey game's landscapes, cut-scenes, and much-loved robed traveler. The Art of Journey comes bound as a debossed, hardcover book filled with gorgeous concept art, intricate pencil drawings, and 3D models printed in full color on art-quality paper. Additionally, the book pushes the boundaries of traditional print with its "augmented reality" feature, powered by the Daqri 4D platform. By downloading the free companion app for Android and iOS devices readers will be able to point the camera of their smartphone or tablet at special images and see animated 3D models appear straight from the game. You can test this out by downloading the "Journey AR viewer" and using it with the image from theartofjourney(dot)com, on "The Book" page. It's a truly unique and innovative way to more fully experience the artwork of Journey. **NOTE - This is a 2nd edition copy which includes minor typographical edits and is branded as 2nd edition.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Bluecanvas, Inc.; 2nd edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985902213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985902216
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Length: 1:24 Mins
*Update: 22 Oct 2013: Second edition is coming.

Journey is one of the most beautiful games this year, one that I really enjoyed playing. It's quite an experience journeying through the haunting landscape, ancient ruins while listening to the enchanting soundtrack.

This artbook is a great companion for the game. It's a 188-page hardcover with nice paper. The art and illustrations are created by Matthew Nava who's the art director at thatgamecompany. He's also the one who art directed the earlier game Flower.

Collected within the book are the concept art for the game with character and creature designs, environment paintings, architecture designs, and even a section on fan art. There's lots of commentary throughout.

The art is as beautiful as the game itself, of course. But with the book you get to see more such as the discarded concepts, e.g. the evolution of the main character design from a more realistic to a stylistic one, unused buildings, locations, etc. The architecture designs are wonderful, with influence from Greek, Islamic and Japanese blended with mystery and an otherworldly feeling. It's interesting to study the use of colours in the game which has a very limited palette and yet can look so good.

One unique feature of the book is its use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology. It's one where you scan the pages with your mobile phone or tablet camera and a virtual reality 3D image pops up into space. It's used to good effect here. For example, for the AR version of one tower in the game, you can turn your camera around it to see it from different perspective, and if you look closely through the windows you can see things moving inside. Very cool.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vikki P. on October 17, 2012
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This is a really beautiful book, that's for sure. Hefty, too. It's hardcover book with a book jacket. The book itself is a deep red/maroon color, and there is a picture of a Journeyer standing in front of the mountain (in the style of the murals from the game) stamped in gold on the front cover.

The pages are very high quality - read very heavy/thick and semi-glossy. I thought the pages in a couple of my other artbooks (Uncharted 2 and a couple of Udon books) were nice, but The Art of Journey's outclasses them.

As far as content goes, this does not disappoint. The book is neatly divided into sections (Character, Creatures, Landscapes, etc), and a GORGEOUS two-page spread separates each section. There are complete renders, digital paintings, sketches, artist commentary, and the last few pages feature some delightful fan art.

If you have a smart device, you can use it as a sort of artbook companion. Download an app called "Journey AR Viewer" from the App Store or Google Play and use its AR functionality to view 3D models of on characters or buildings on specific pages.

I wish I had pulled the trigger on this back when Jenova Chen and Matt Nava were signing this! It would've made the $60 a bit more justifiable. The only reason I docked a star was because of its price. I suppose you can subtract $5, since the book includes a PSN code for the Journey Original Soundtrack, but I feel like $55 is still a high price point, especially at less than 200 pages. For comparison's sake, The Art of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (The Art of the Game) from Ballistic sells for $65 (Amazon ~$40), but has 269 pages.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William F. Thorup on October 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a digital artist and ever since I first played this game I wanted to take a look at the art behind it. This book does not disappoint in that respect. It includes doodles, sketches, completed concept pieces, to final renders for the game. Giving you a good idea of what went into each part of the game. It's really thorough. It also includes some cool augmented reality aspects if you download the app to view it. A good touch, but not necessary to enjoy and appreciate the amount of quality work that went behind this game. The fact that most of the artwork was done by one person is amazing, and the book presents this persons work really well, and is quite inspiring.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in the process of the artistic design behind a great game, or wants to see the amount of work that goes into making games. This book is a must have for anyone interested in video game art books as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nadine Nemec on March 22, 2013
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A very well done artbook of one of the most amazing game titles.
Some nice hindsights and also nice storytelling about the making of the game.
I liked the chronological order and the chapters helped keeping a theme (eg buildings, characters)
At the end awaited me a nice surprise: you can use an app that helps seeing some parts in 3D and fully animated with music!

Verdict: for fans a must but keep in mind, it's expensive ... so only 4 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Helps on December 4, 2012
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I love a good art book, lots of designs and detail in here. The AR stuff is too cool, there are only 4 or 5 AR parts in the book, but even without them the book is incredible. It really goes into the passion and love that went into Journey and just lightly augments your understanding of the game without ruining anything. Really nice paper, lovely presentation and a great balance of art and reading. I highly recommend purchasing if you really dig the game.
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