Despite both art and books being regular topics here on My Open Sketchbook, I’ve never chatted about art books here on the blog (though I did have this guest post over at Bookworms In Dresses!) I wanted to start this series to chat about the art books I have, as well as the ones I’m lusting after. I figured I’d kick it off in geek style with art books all about video games. Heads up – this post contains affiliate links. Any money earned goes towards my blog costs!
Back in 2014, my hubs gifted me the beautiful The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia.
This book is glorious, especially as a massive Legend of Zelda fan. It is just overflowing with concept art, character design, and of course information about the games. I love seeing how Link has evolved over the years, especially as the technology advanced. Plus, seeing how the original levels were designed – with pencil and graph paper – was fascinating.
Deco Devolution: The Art of BioShock 2 came with the special edition box set of the game (another gift from the hubs at the time it came out…he spoils me). And while Bioshock 2 is my least favorite of the series, I still adore the design. I’m a big fan of art deco, and unsurprisingly, this book is full of it. I love looking through not only the full room designs, but also the tiny details – filigree on the walls, the furniture designs…it really shows just how much work is put into it! Also, as a horror fan, seeing the concept art for the splicers and other baddies is just great eye candy.
My most recent acquisition was yet another gift from the hubs, which he gave me this year for Christmas: The Art of The Mass Effect Universe. Drooooool. Reading through this has been amazing (and makes me want to play them all again.) I feel like it makes me appreciate the games so much more knowing the struggles the designers had with some things, most notably trying to find a uniquely recognizable look for a sci-fi series. No easy task. Plus, there are just oodles of character designs to drool over. I love seeing the concepts for (and reasons behind) early character design. The whole process is fascinating to me!
As for books I’m currently lusting over, at the top of my wishlist is The Art of The Last of Us.
It’s one of my favorite games of all time, and I want to pore over each page and read about all the design that went into it. Also on the list are The Art of Bioshock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed: The Complete Visual History, and The Art of Deus Ex Universe (out in August 2016).
What’s a game you’ve played where the art really stuck out to you?