- Series: Darksiders
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Udon Entertainment; 1st edition (November 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1926778103
- ISBN-13: 978-1926778105
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Darksiders Paperback – November 9, 2010
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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.
|Length: 0:55 Mins|
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.
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..
Good Paper and print job.
Very very good Book for Darksider's Lovers.
UPDATE: just a heads up, yeah the binding is bad. Same goes for the newer Darksiders 2 book, both are of the same build. Pages are still together, just the glue is unstuck on the top and bottom third of the book, so only the glue in the center of the binding, and threading is keeping the pages together. I hope that makes sense. If you can afford the hardbacks, I'd go with those. Though they're a little overpriced, seeing that a lot of the darkhorse published hardcover art books cost half as much. Still won't knock it off the 5 star chart, since the art is amazing, and a must have for anyone remotely interested in this genre of art. cheers!
This thing is longer by over 70 pages. Most of the art isn't tiny and the Environments (places) section isn't as scant. I really like this book. Also, a lot more full color Joe Mad pieces are in this one. It had characters, enemies, weapons, objects and areas. Also, it has quite a bit more commentary (the second book has next to none). Although that commentary is hyper cheesy fantasy descriptions of the various subjects in this book.
Although War is the focus, this one has art of all 4 horseman. The boss pictures are bigger and better and all but one are drawn. Plus, it has Samael who is missing from the second book. The Griever has no concept art but he is in the back. Which is another great part of this book.
In the end there are the full color CGI models from the game. What a nice touch. The second book has that but they are tiny and not colored.
If you are into Joe Mad's art (the other artists mimic his style phenomenally well), comic style fantasy art with Gothic undertones or the Darksiders games: get this.
I have the second printing and the binding isn't woefully flimsy like in the first, but it's still pretty bad. You have to be careful when flipping through it. A real drag some of these older Udon softcovers are afflicted by this because they are excellent books otherwise.
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Really really put together concept bible. It has everything in it.
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