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Midori Foo's Book of Pictures Paperback – April 9, 2013
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It was originally published in Japan as 碧風羽画集 in 2011. This is the edition translated by Udon for the English readers. There really isn't any text except for the index of works at the back of the book. Speaking of the index, I don't know why they have it in the format where you have to flip the book 90 degrees anti clockwise, and the index does not come with pictures so you have to flip to the appropriate page to check out the artworks -- other Japanese artbooks have art thumbnails to go with the index. Not a big issue anyway.
This is in essence a character design book. Obviously the style is very Japanese so there's a strong dose of eastern oriental element to the costume designs. There are some very detailed costumes. Many you can tell are designed for video games. I suppose those characters without backgrounds are for video games. The rest are filled with elaborate beautiful backgrounds. Midori Foo has created art for Square Enix, Bandai Namco, Konami, SEGA and other companies.
Other than the warrior type, fighting game character illustrations, there are also the more flowery pieces, with the softer more feminine tones. Overall, the artworks are very colourful from the myriad use of colours. Most are female characters.
320 pages is a lot and the illustrations are printed at full page sizes with a handful at slightly smaller sizes. So this artbook is quite worth the money in that sense especially if you like Japanese character art with a preference to manga style.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Her style of drawing is gorgeous! Each page has a new character or redrawn character with a costume make over. The first half of the book features just the characters then the second half includes characters with a back ground. There is even a mini manga in the middle of the book. Some art books leave blank pages through out but not this one. You will certainly get your moneys worth with over 300 pages of pictures and the book is very well made.
Each character and background is so intricately drawn they just burst off the pages. You can tell a lot about each character by the design & pose, but when she adds a background it turns into its own story. Most have a fantasy theme but there are some everyday life pictures. The colors used in the book are bright and vibrant but there are a few which have a softer earthier feel to them.
I'd say at least half the women in this book are scantily clad and there are even a few pictures of nudes who have items or their bodies posed just right so you can't see anything. There is only one picture in this book where you can see woman's breast, unfortunately it's a close up so it's hard to miss.
Out of all the art books I own (which is about a dozen) this is my favorite. I highly recommend it to any aspiring artists or those who like video games or manga.
Midori Foo's art is simply amazing, and there are several different styles in this book. These range from character designs to full illustrations, and there is also a short comic inside! As an artist, wonderful for study and inspiration. As an art appreciator, wonderful to look at.
Of course, this is the English version, published by Udon. I've always been pleased with their products and this is no exception. Midori Foo is hands down one of my favorite artists, ever. Her use of color, line, the intricate costumes, are breathtaking. Most of the art featured in this book are beautiful women, but she also has some other styles...in particular, I would like to mention a close-up painting of a rough, rugged looking soldier. She is definitely not a one-trick pony.
There is a lot of skin on display, but this shouldn't be a problem for any serious appreciators of Asian art, and indeed, is a lot more tasteful than many other artbooks on the market in that regard.
If you love beautiful characters, amazing costumes, gorgeous color...buy this. I can't recommend it enough. This is honestly one of the most beautiful artbooks I have seen in a long time, and may very well be my favorite artbook, by any artist, ever.
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This art book is beautiful. All my friends from art school want to steal it ahahaha!Published 17 months ago by Joey Williamson
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I'd expect nothing less from Foo Midori. Her work is extremely detailed and just sublime. She's an eternal inspiration to me and the price was worth it.Published on April 10, 2014 by Kim D.
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Visual eye candy art book with many vibrant character designs. Good as a character design reference as well for those who are interested.Published on January 1, 2014 by Huang Junwen
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