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Collecting Artbooks - Part 1Collecting Artbooks - Part 1

animattanimatt6 jaar geledenDiary
I've always loved collecting artbooks from my favorite artists or of my favorite games. I also feel they can be especially complementary to a collection of figures. Having a collection of different mediums depicting the same character/game/genre is so cool!

Right now I'm busy selecting display cases to buy, but I envision placing all of my artbooks in a case or shelf next to my figures ^_^

Here's an assorted collection of fantastic artbooks:
What are some of your most favorite artbooks?

Which one's do you think are the most beautiful?
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I love beautyful books. Especially favorite games and mangakas. Some artists don't have artbooks. It's so shame. For example Rei Izumi mangaka Hibiki no mahou,hack or Post Work.Her arts so cute.
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thephotomatt (6 jaar geleden) #1308414I especially love his illustrations of Touka Kureha...she's such a goddess!
Do you own the Japanese verison? I have the english translation but really wanted the nifty slipcover version >_<


I couldn't find the English version from my local kinokuniya so I had to go with the Jap ver instead (though I can't read a single word, lol) :)
Agree, Kureha is so beautiful! She's the first character that caught my attention ^_^
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Kino (6 jaar geleden) #1308382I don't own many artbooks, but my favorite one is ITEM #43622
Tony's art is superb. I like this book especially its cover.

I especially love his illustrations of Touka Kureha...she's such a goddess!

Do you own the Japanese verison? I have the english translation but really wanted the nifty slipcover version >_<
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I don't own many artbooks, but my favorite one is ITEM #43622
Tony's art is superb. I like this book especially its cover.
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So far I only have the Loveless artbook. ITEM #43682
One day I hope to nab these two by Yamashita: ITEM #43694, ITEM #45162. Artbooks are so expensive...>.>
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Raze (6 jaar geleden) #1308055I've got most of the MGS books so even though the 25th anniversary set looks awesome, it's also way too hard to get for what essentially would be the same artwork all over again. I'm curious if there's new art in that anniversary book, though.

I also have a lot of the older MGS books too, still couldn't help but to get them in one giant beautiful solid metal (see what they did there!) container and archived according to the chronology of the series.

I should be receiving it soon so I can post some inside artworks to see if there's any newer material.

Raze (6 jaar geleden) #1308055And as Ocelot puts it, "I've been waiting for this!"; wow, that Final Fantasy set is something I've hoped would come out for years. FF art books! Is there going to be an English translated version? That set is very expensive and I see it's text-heavy.

Actually the one I have is in English, it was released last year and had such a strange production history, publishing got cancelled twice and then at release the orders were so mixed up that Dark Horse had to cancel a lot of pre-orders. You can see how scalpers took major advantage of this.

What's cool though is the English set got a better deal this time around because it came with a card hand-signed by Amano himself, and there's a book detailing his process and a little bit of his artistic philosophy. I should post some scans later on to show the incredible collection of art work inside.

Raze (6 jaar geleden) #1308055I see you buy books in person. For me, it's a treat to get them in person. The Okami book was like that. I was all, "Wait, I don't need to pay for shipping?" ^o^ There's an advantage to domestic releases.
I discovered Tony Taka's works by getting a board he made for the Fate series a long while ago. After I got the board I saw all these books of his coming out over time and suddenly he got popular enough to warrant a domestic release. Fun to see.


I agree, seeing artwork collections online is nothing compared to seeing them in person, the problem is these days online prices tend to be a lot cheaper, so mortar stores can't compete. I'm a little ashamed to admit that I will see a book in a store that I like, and end up buying it online because I know 90% of the time it will be cheaper for the exact same content. I buy a lot of artbooks so getting them at the lowest price I can helps relieve the bank by a lot. While I love the convenience I still miss the days of physically browsing, searching, and buying from brick and mortar stores.
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thephotomatt (6 jaar geleden) #1307718Very interesting re: that time periods historical influence on today’s manga/anime…I never knew that, but I now feel as though I should have.
Re: ukiyo-e, I particularly like the art of Kawase Hasui. Every time I see his images I want to teleport to Japan.
Also, you may or may not have known about a new project called Ukiyo-e Heroes. Definitely worth taking a look at. It’s not every day that one can find art that caters to the Otaku culture as well as traditional art aficionados!


Already getting a few of those Ukiyo-e heroes! haha planning to get at least one of each giclee, and then maybe one woodblock print.

I am familiar with Kawase Hasui, he's a more contemporary version of Ukiyo-e artists, revived the style into the 20th century. His work is cool because it brought a little bit of industrial scenes into traditional woodblock printing, creating this awesome juxtaposition of new and old.

Prime example also are the guys doing the Ukiyo-e Heroes! Although a few of them do seem a little farfetched in the attempt to match the style, still love it just for the crazy idea.
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akomei (6 jaar geleden) #1307461Also, it was the 25th anniversary of both Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy this past year! So you can bet I grabbed their incredibly awesome art book collections they released!
ITEM #135890 (This could very well be a favorite in my collection once it arrives)
ITEM #136942
Also was lucky enough to get Yoshitaka Amano's 'The Sky' earlier last year, as that was a complete toss up to get.
ITEM #90807 (probably current favorite in terms of contemporary Japanese artbooks)


I've got most of the MGS books so even though the 25th anniversary set looks awesome, it's also way too hard to get for what essentially would be the same artwork all over again. I'm curious if there's new art in that anniversary book, though.

And as Ocelot puts it, "I've been waiting for this!"; wow, that Final Fantasy set is something I've hoped would come out for years. FF art books! Is there going to be an English translated version? That set is very expensive and I see it's text-heavy.

thephotomatt (6 jaar geleden) #1307691Not only that, but unfortunately there's also a lack of brick & mortar art book stores. Particularly for the Anime genre. But...I understand, I guess it's a smaller niche, no?
Then again, most things these days are going the way of the Internet ^_^
But it sure is funner to see them in person...the experience of purchasing and the instant gratification. And of course, you get to see the exact condition of the item before purchasing.


I see you buy books in person. For me, it's a treat to get them in person. The Okami book was like that. I was all, "Wait, I don't need to pay for shipping?" ^o^ There's an advantage to domestic releases.

I discovered Tony Taka's works by getting a board he made for the Fate series a long while ago. After I got the board I saw all these books of his coming out over time and suddenly he got popular enough to warrant a domestic release. Fun to see.
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Febreeze (6 jaar geleden) #1307969Oh my god that is so cool; I had tears in my eyes ahaha~
It really is! And it would be even cool if they would expand their series to also depict our favorite anime characters, too!
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thephotomatt (6 jaar geleden) #1307718Also, you may or may not have known about a new project called Ukiyo-e Heroes. Definitely worth taking a look at. It’s not every day that one can find art that caters to the Otaku culture as well as traditional art aficionados!
Oh my god that is so cool; I had tears in my eyes ahaha~
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