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The Art of Blizzard Entertainment Hardcover – February 12, 2013
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One thing to note is about the shipping cost of this book. It's heavy, so depending on where you're shipping to (overseas for example), it might incur an additional weight surcharge.
The book features the three flagship games of Blizzard, namely World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft, and it has a small section of art from discarded game concepts.
The art is fantastic and all printed big on good paper. They are mainly character designs. Many paintings and sketches come with brief commentary from the staff of Blizzard, Nick Carpenter, Samwise Didier and Chris Metzen. Of course there are a lot of artists featured and it's interesting to see how they can all stick to drawing the Blizzard style of art.
There have been several Blizzard art books before this came along. So you might actually see artworks here from the earlier books, such as WOW: The Art of the Trading Card Game, The Cinematic Art of World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King, Diablo III: Book of Cain, WOW: Mists of Pandaria Collector's Edition art book and others.
There are also many new pieces of art here.Read more ›
Chock full of full color art from front to back, this book is amazing. It covers the Warcraft, World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft series. I have been taking my time going through it, because a lot of the artwork has notes on the background from the artists or other Blizzard staff that oftentimes sheds an interesting or amusing tidbit that you may never have known...like the Pit Lord's teeth were based on Gary Busey's teeth.
I own a number of art books for anime and video games, and I have to say the quality of the book is top notch. Quality heavyweight paper, sewn binding, many full or double page portraits in vibrant color.
I have spent about 3 hours reading it tonight after opening it for the first time. Looking at the beautiful details in everything and at times the evolution of things and reading all the little side comments, has certainly captured my attention.
If you are a fan of any of Blizzard's games or enjoy good fantasy art, I cannot recommend this book high enough. I look forward to reading more tomorrow. Absolutely beautiful, and worth every penny.
My problem with this book is that a lot of the artwork has been seen before and has been featured in all of the games Collector Edition artbooks. It does have some original stuff that hasn't been seen though a LOT of the content is from previous artbooks.
I ONLY RECOMMEND this artbook to those that don't have the other Collector Edition artbooks or don't mind spending the money to have them all combined in one bigger book.
I was skeptical that this book would just repeat what I already owned, but instead it had a vast amount of new material by my favorite Blizzard artists.
The book is massive in size and the paper and printing is as high quality as the artwork within.
I highly recommend purchasing this book.
It goes through art work of early Warcraft up into WOW and Starcraft along with Diablo. From really nice
finished renders to beautiful concept sketches and all roughs included.
If your an artists this is a great book for reference as well, lots of art from a variety of characters and races.
This is a book that cant be missed.
1. Forward (2 pages) 2. Introduction (2 pages) 3. World of Warcraft (172 pages) 4. Diablo (86 pages) 5. StarCraft (70 pages) 6. Fallen Games (18 pages) 7. WOOT (16 pages) 8. Artist Index (2 pages)
1. The forward just basically talks about a guy named BROM and how he was addicted to Blizzards games.
2. The intro is by Samwise Didier and he talks about how he use to not be able to draw but loved Blizzards artwork so much he started mimicking and learning from them and came to legendary artists on the team. Then he goes on about the art in the book and how it shows some of the trials and successes the team went through.
3,4, & 5. These chapters all cover the main games and have so much beautiful artwork in them. There are a fair amount of personal sketches and the rest art all concept art. Most of the art covers characters and scenery and is just beautiful. The artists make comments through the entire book about the art and tell mini stories about them all. They even included Wei's fan art picture which is how he got hired in the first place and a little story about that as well. It just really cool to see how they turn the sketches into a colorful piece of art. Although there aren't many weapons shown the ones that are shown are really cool and rather detailed.Read more ›
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It was very disappointing, lots of the pages were glued to each other half way. I tried to separate couple pages and had to stop in order not to damage pages any futherPublished 2 months ago by Margarita
This book is full of breathtaking and impressive art from many Blizzard games, definitely a great addition to my collection.Published 3 months ago by Brandon
This was for my brother, who loved it. It's a nice, quality book and well worth the price.Published 9 months ago by Stephanie Witt
Just absolutely AMAZING and GORGEOUS!
Got this today at B&N for a flipping $22.00 and whats more awesome is I saved about 80% on a book that I've been wanting to get to my... Read more
grandson went on an on about it nice quality very nice book he LOVED ITPublished 11 months ago by Janis A. Mysinger
Good book covering Blizzard Entertainment classics. Large, heavy volume with beautiful visuals. Would have preferred more sketchy development art, but not a huge compliant. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marc