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Art of Final Fantasy IX, The [Paperback]

Dan Birlew
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Dec 8 2000
Get An Inside Look Into the Fabulous Art from FINAL FANTASY IX!
While more recent Final Fantasy games were populated with modern-day settings and themes, Final Fantasy IX takes place in pre-industrial times and is filled with royalty, airships, floating castles, black mages and dragons. This accompanying strategy guide includes rarely-seen concept art and detailed pencil sketches, an immense collection of character art, airship and vehicle designs, monsters and unique weapon images, and full-page scenes from the most beautiful cinemas in video game history. Entertaining and informative commentary is provided as well as anecdotal captions relevant to story and events of Final Fantasy IX. - A must-have for Final Fantasy and RPG fans.

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BradyGames The Art of FINAL FANTASY IX features an inside look at the stunning art from FINAL FANTASY IX. The book includes rarely-seen concept art and detailed pencil sketches, an immense collection of character art, airship and vehicle designs, monsters and unique weapon images, and full-page scenes from the most beautiful cinemas in video game history. Entertaining and informative commentary is provided as well as anecdotal captions relevant to story and events of FINAL FANTASY IX.

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Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. and Square Co., Ltd. , is the leading third-party developer and publisher of home video game console software in Japan with annual sales of more than US $687 million consolidated base (based on average annual exchange rate of 106 Japanese Yen per US Dollar during fiscal year 2000) and 1,200 employees worldwide. Square Co., Ltd. became famous for its role-playing games, including its world-renowned FINAL FANTASY series, which has sold more than 30 million units to date, and now publishes other titles under the SQUARESOFT brand spanning all genres. Square Co., Ltd. is based in Tokyo, Japan, and maintains a branch office in Osaka.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best squaresoft art book ever July 7 2006
I was lucky that a seller from amazon.ca sold this to me for less than 60$, because this thing is a treasure. im sorry for those who can'T afford the unaffoardable 250$ on market place, but if another seller ever comes by and sells this for less than 60$, take this, it's very good, every place is there, every character, some you didn'T even think of! ^^' very beautiful graphics, and memorable moments from the game. i would have given it 7 stars, but this site won'T let me! >< XD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Artbook Oct. 9 2001
I love this artbook... I mean LOVE. I'll admit that when I first saw it in my local EB store, I just passed it up for a certain RPG because I thought that it would be chockfull of ONLY Amano's art (no, I'm not a fan of his artwork), but a few weeks later, it started to grate on my mind. I REALLY wanted the book. The cover art was beautiful, that's obvious to see. Garnet looks incredibly GORGEOUS on the front cover. And the beauty of the book does NOT stop there... it continues to get better. Concept art, character art, worldmap art, etc etc. I regret not getting this sooner >^^< Ah well, I have it NOW, and that's all that matters. It does include some Amano art, but I personally think that his character designs for FFIX is the best out of all the other Final Fantasies. And yes, that is saying a lot considering I'm not a fan of his works to begin with. Anyway, digression aside, I'd recommend this artbook to a fan of beauty and of course, of Final Fantasy IX/Final Fantasy in general ^^;
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art Of Final Fantasy IX Is A Must-Buy Jan. 18 2001
I strolled into EB one day, and upon purchasing Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (great game, by the way), they had this book at the counter. I was really happy and a bit sad as well: my last few bucks just went into Persona 2: EP. But a couple days later, my dad had heard of the book through my constant ramblings and picked it up for me as a gift. Happy like a Moogle with a Kupo Nut, I was. Final Fantasy IX is my favorite game, I loved every second of it. Not since Secret of Mana for the SNES have I loved a game this much. There are drawings of the main characters; non-playable characters; monsters; villages, castles, and dungeons; items and equipment; CG scenes; sketches; air ships and worlds--all of which are rich in both beauty in detail. Final Fantasy IX fans will notice the transformation the characters went through the most when they get a glimpse at their earlier sketches. They early drawings were much more life-like and had a more traditional Japanese look to them (especially Steiner); just try to picture them without their super-deformed look and you'd, for the most part, get the picture (Quina, Vivi and Eiko being the major exceptions). Personally, I think they should have left Amarant with the beanie. Much better than the red weave they gave him in the end. Another bonus is the few drawings you get of parts in the game that were cut. None of what was cut was a serious loss (a house here, a house there), but it would have been nice to have had them in the game. Still, at least we got to see them. Not all the charcters made it into the game (where's Cactrot?!), but they managed to put a good number of them in here. And, well it might be really picky of me, I kinda think the selection for the cinemas could have been better (that scene were Kuja was bleeding would have been nice... Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Just Beautiful Drawings from the Best Feb. 11 2003
I love Final Fantasy!! I have been a die hard fan since part one was released in 1990. There are several books out that show the visual effects from the Final Fantasy series, but this one is by far the best. It is strait forward, art, from the original designer of FF characters, Yoshitaka Amano. Page for page you will see the steps that he followed making this characters shine.
The main reason that I took one star away was because most of the art in this book is finished up designs from Amano. I am a very big fan of his work, ex. Vampire Hunter D, FF1-6,and 9 adn several other Japaneese work. I enjoy his early sketches better, they are much more fantasy like. But that does not mean that this collection is not beautiful as printed.
This is a beautiful editon to any Final Fantasy collecton or just plain art or drawings collection. Dont pass this up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Feast! May 24 2001
The book definitely lives up to its title, and is a relatively inexpensive way to experience the wonder of Final Fantasy art design. Squaresoft, the video game company, has always delivered high quality games that are visually stunning, and anyone who is a fan of the Final Fantasy series will love this book. It offers a fun, behind-the-scenes peek at everything from character designs to vehicle concepts, and leaves the reader with some insight into the imaginative minds at Squaresoft. If there is any shortcoming, it would be the absence of some insightful narrative to accompany the images. Then again, this is the ART of Final Fantasy. A fine addition to anyone's "Art of..." library collection, and a useful reference for animators, illustrators, and designers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book! March 11 2001
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Never have I had the pleasure of "reading" a video game book such as this before. Not only is this an exciting new look at SquareSoft's best game ever, Final Fantasy IX, but for any complex role-playing game this would be a great idea. With behind the scenes looks at how the main characters, non-playable characters, airships, world, weapons, items, monsters, and plenty of extras are drawn, in vivid detail, this is perhaps my favorite video game book ever! In short, this is an amazing book. I have found myself studying the detailed drawing of every single insignificant character in FFIX for long periods of time. If you have ever wondered anything about how a game is made, or have ever even played an RPG, you really need to get this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I have never seen a more beautiful art book, over the years I've found bits and pieces of of this book floating online, but now that I finally own it, I'm seeing more artworks, and... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2011 by Sapphire852
5.0 out of 5 stars FF9 fans will be pleased.
It's got all the characters, all the settings, all the fun. FF9 was my favorited in the series so I just had to get this homage to it. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2003 by Burton Durand
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Art of Final Fantasy IX!!
When I bought this book, I expected mostly black and white photos and small screenshots from the game, but when I opened it up I was happily suprised with a book full of large,... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002 by Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy for any artist, final fantasy fan...
The Art of Final Fantasy IX shows off the artwork from the proclaimed video game. The book contains all types of artwork, from characters designs, transportation designs,... Read more
Published on July 6 2002 by Ryan P. Sadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
You should simply buy this book. If not, at least check it out!
Weather you're a FF fan or simply an art admirer, this book is going to please you. Read more
Published on June 2 2002 by "ninth_elemental"
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This is my faorite art book ever. I have a huge collection of book on art but I have never seen art as beautiful as this. Why do I like this book? lets find out. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This is my faorite art book ever. I have a huge collection of book on art but I have never seen art as beautiful as this. Why do I like this book? lets find out. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars great mix of artwork
if you're into concept artwork and digital art, this book is for you. my only problem with it is that they didn't really get into how the characters were developed. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2001 by Jiaxing Rong
5.0 out of 5 stars How Nice!
I just wanna say that this is not only a comic book for all Final Fantasy fans, but also a good direction for you to learn how to draw pictures. Need not to say much, I love that!
Published on Oct. 9 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!
This book is so,perfect!It's just amazing!The pictures are wonderful!I really like the section 'Monsters'!It shows every monster that you face! Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2001 by "luanaind"
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