- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Udon Entertainment (May 24, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1926778189
- ISBN-13: 978-1926778181
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tony's Artworks from Shining World Paperback – May 24, 2011
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Ultimately, regardless of your familiarity with the artist or the games, Tony Taka is an artist known for having a rather unique style among his contemporaries in Japan. A quick Google search for Tony Taka will quickly reveal whether this style may appeal to you or not and should be the deciding factor as to whether this would be something you would be interested in purchasing. I did not find the brief interviews to be all that informative, but the drawings (the point of the book) were quite pleasing. As an added bonus, the cover is indicative of how risque the works get - this is something that would not have to be hidden in case a person unfamiliar with the content swings by. As mentioned in other reviews, the book quality is pretty good for being softcover. I would have preferred hardcover just for the additional longevity because I can see revisiting this rather frequently, but this is about as sturdy as I can imagine an over-sized softcover book being.
I would say Tony's Artworks from Shining World is well worth buying under any circumstance, but then Tony Taka has my second favorite art style. Udon has done a serviceable job in bringing this book out here.
The artbook I received is paperback, not Turtleback and not hardback. Nevertheless, it is absolutely gorgeous!
The front cover of the book is super glossy. The feathers on the front cover are actually made of "felt" or some velvety material, i'm not lying! If you rub your finger across it, its like touching artificial feathers on the book. :D
The second page (just right behind the front cover) has a translucent graph paper that highlights another background picture behind it. It gives the impression of seeing an image behind curtains illuminated with light in the background. Some really great effects there.
Got it for roughly ~$26 at the time of this review,
I received the English version. If you were to buy this overseas (I think its in japanese), but the price is like $40 or more and you have to pay high shipping fees, unless you go by SAL (free usually) but that is not trackable and uninsured.
A great Addition to any Tony Taka collection. <3
This book doesn't teach you how to become a better artist. It just shows a collection of artwork from Tony and gives you a very brief explanation of how he created the cover. I don't mind if an art book doesn't teach me any new techniques as long as the artwork in the book somehow inspires me to become a better artist. This book makes me want to practice harder so that someday I could be as good as this artist.
I really wish I could recommend this to everyone. However, because it contains half naked females, I would recommend this to only teens and adults but not children. I also own almost all the other Udon Entertainment art books and I would like to take the time to recommend them all. In my opinion Udon is just the best of the best. I don't work for them. I don't get paid by them. I'm just a fan of their art books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, of the 208 pages there are 184 colour illustrations (ranging from full page to game-like character images); 2 pages are b/w and the others are bumper pages and interviews... Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by Slarkero
Tony Taka's drawings are undoubtedly one of the best bi shoujo genre. the cover itself is already flawless. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Eddy
the art work is beautiful and stunning i would recommend this to any one who loves to draw pretty girls like in this art book.Published on October 28, 2013 by jesus oliva
Great art. Fine publishing. If you love anime, manga or just beautiful drawings, I higly recommend this book. The girls look awsome.Published on February 1, 2013 by J. M. Castelo
I have always loved the 'Shining' series, so this collection of illustrations was a real treat for me. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Dovelight