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Re(3):Kinu Nishimura Appreciation Thread
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[QUOTE] Great art selections, Mosquiton. On the subject of Kinu and Akiman, this reminds me: does anyone have some favorites among the myriad Capcom/SF artbooks over the years that feature their work? I particularly remember a popular one from the mid 1990s that I foolishly never bought, featuring a huge collage of SF/Vampire/other characters on the front. Later, there was the All About Capcom one, a fairly huge recent one, and a number of others. With Kinu and SFV on the mind, I feel like now's the time to fill this gap in my collection: any thoughts? [/QUOTE] Capcom Design Works is my art bible. If I had to pick just a single artbook to own, that would be it. It has a really great sampling of the best of Capcom's art from the 90s through the early 2000s. It was the first thing I ever ordered from Amazon Japan (along with Katsuya Terada's Monkey King and Kazuma Kaneko's MegaTen books--all worth their weight in gold!). Here's a nice writeup on Capcom Design works: [URL=http://cdn.halcyonrealms.com/illustration/capcom-design-works-art-book/]http://cdn.halcyonrealms.com/illustration/capcom-design-works-art-book/ [/URL]If you do decide to order it, might as well do it through that website so they get a little kickback from the link. If there is a series that you particularly like, I recommend you get the corresponding book for it to go alongside Capcom Design Works. For instance, the Vampire/Darkstalkers book is excellent and full of awesome illustrations, mostly from Bengus: [URL=http://cdn.halcyonrealms.com/illustration/vampire-artworks-capcom-games-art-book-review/]http://cdn.halcyonrealms.com/illustration/vampire-artworks-capcom-games-art-book-review/[/URL] If you love Kinu and Akiman then your best bet is the 25th Anniversary Art of Street Fighter book: [URL=http://www.parkablogs.com/content/book-review-sf25-art-of-street-fighter]http://www.parkablogs.com/content/book-review-sf25-art-of-street-fighter[/URL] Be careful not to confuse it with the previous, 20th Anniversary book, which has less content: [URL=http://cdn.halcyonrealms.com/illustration/the-art-of-street-fighter-street-fighter-artworks/]http://cdn.halcyonrealms.com/illustration/the-art-of-street-fighter-street-fighter-artworks/[/URL] Akiman has some really great standalone books too. For instance this one is a collection of his more recent game illustrations, including stuff outside of Capcom: [URL=http://cdn.halcyonrealms.com/illustration/akimando-akira-yasuda-art-works-book-review/]http://cdn.halcyonrealms.com/illustration/akimando-akira-yasuda-art-works-book-review/[/URL] Here's his Turn A Gundam book, full of beautiful impressionistic paintings: [URL=http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E5%AE%89%E7%94%B0%E6%9C%97-%E3%82%AC%E3%83%B3%E3%83%80%E3%83%A0%E3%83%87%E3%82%B6%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%82%BA-%E5%AE%89%E7%94%B0-%E6%9C%97/dp/4048532936/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461312664&sr=1-1&keywords=%E2%88%80%EF%BC%88%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC%E3%83%B3%E3%82%A8%E3%83%BC%EF%BC%89%E3%82%AC%E3%83%B3%E3%83%80%E3%83%A0]http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E5%AE%89%E7%94%B0%E6%9C%97-%E3%82%AC%E3%83%B3%E3%83%80%E3%83%A0%E3%83%87%E3%82%B6%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%82%BA-%E5%AE%89%E7%94%B0-%E6%9C%97/dp/4048532936/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461312664&sr=1-1&keywords=%E2%88%80%EF%BC%88%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC%E3%83%B3%E3%82%A8%E3%83%BC%EF%BC%89%E3%82%AC%E3%83%B3%E3%83%80%E3%83%A0[/URL] He was a real innovator when it came to digital painting, and bringing a classical approach to comics/games/animation art in general. Most of Capcom's artbooks are quite excellent with the exception of the Street Fighter vs Tekken book which has zero art from the luminaries, with the exception of the cover that Akiman phoned in. If you find yourself split between the Japanese and US versions, I recommend you get the Japanese editions for their superior print quality. For some reason the US editions from Udon tend to be printed on paper that's either too thin like magazine stock or too thick with a weak spine so the pages fall out easily. They ARE in English though, so if you're a super fan (who can't read Japanese) get them both! :D I wish Kinu would release a collection of her work. Same for Bengus and Ikeno. If anyone has any links to Kinu's self published works I would super duper appreciate that. My body and soul yearn with every fiber for those Kinu x Yusuke Murata books!
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