The Art of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Paperback – Jul 1 2010
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This book is pretty thick at 272 pages, glossy paper. Inside, you'll find concept art for the characters, environments, cinematics, animation and special effects. About a quarter is on the characters, with the environment and story related art making the bulk.
The first thing that captures my attention is the astonishing amount of details from the art, from all the adventure dirt to the facial pores of those Zbrush head sculpts. You're going to find beautiful textures everywhere, be it from the brushes, on the weather battered walls off some monastery on some mountain, fabric of clothing, etc. The textures are easily what I like most about this book.
For character designs, there are paintings, 3D models of the body and close up on face. The 3D models are really intricate. In terms of the amount of details, the one on Lazarevic belongs to the you-have-to-see-it-yourself-to-believe-it category. Those artists and modelers who created these are definitely at the top of their game.
The environments featured in the book are gorgeous. Tropical forests, mountains, Nepal warzone, villages, temples, monastery, Shabhala and all the places in the game. They really nailed the colours, lighting and textures. Looking at some of the wire frame overlays, I can't even imagine how much time it takes to paint all those textures in. Most of the illustrations shown in the book are good enough to be framed and mounted on walls.
Oh, yeah, there are also commentary from the staff to fill you up with the concepts and ideas behind all that's shown.
This book is your adventure in print.Read more ›
The quality in this is excellent. The book is well made with nice strong, glossed paper. Ballistic Publishing is known for producing art books and high quality products, so it's not surprising. It's looks great on the shelf and I think it'll hold up well.
The start of the book has some forwards written by those brilliant minds over at Naughty Dog who were involved in the game.
The artwork is just gorgeous. This book includes things like concept art, character concepts, character models, motion-capture animation and environment art. I especially the concept art for settings and environments. A lot of the images are accompanied by a blurb by one of the folks behind the game. The concepts for new characters were also neat to look at, I especially liked the Chloe Frazer stuff and how they decided to go about creating that character and her look in contrast to Elena.
This is a great book for fans of the game(s) and/or fans of video game artwork. I recommend it. It's beautiful and insightful. So if you want to get to know the game even better, check this out.
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Must have for any fans of the Uncharted series, this volume pertains to the second game with some of the most amazing visuals and unique art style inspired by northeast Asia and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe O.
If you liked the game, this is a great book to add to your collection. The art is stunning and the additional information is interesting to read.Published 13 months ago by suziegon