on November 3, 2011
2 main reasons you just cant give this book less than 5 stars.
1. Its packed full of artwork and has text to accompany, not overwhelm it. Outlay is good and its very big sized book which stands well for printing artwork on.
2. The price vs build quality (solid), book size (its pretty big) and lastly content (which as i said does not lack) is of great value.
If you like scifi artwork type stuff with environments buy this book. If you're a halo fan even better; personally i never played the games but you dont have to in order to enjoy this. Nice book to skim over and add to one's collection.
on June 16, 2014
When I rediscovered illustrating after a long absence, and wanted to get into concept art development for my screenplay, this happened to be the first book I picked up. I was positively blown away by the quality of the images presented, and the some of process that went into their development.
Now, the book is a little short - given the number of Halo games available, for them to have crammed all that into this book means there are some pretty hefty omissions. But, they're not enough for me to dock any stars.
If you have an interest in the visual background of the franchise's development, this book is a great place to start. Character design, environmental concept art. Some fantastic action shots.
Hopefully somewhere in the pipeline is Halo: The Art of Building (More) Worlds...
on June 29, 2013
Getting my hands on this after enjoying absolutely incredible art archives such as Valkyria Chronicles Design Archive and all of the Udon published megaman artbooks only led to disappointment.
This is a book full of pretty pictures completely out of context with little, if any text accompanying them. Not necessarily bad, but definitely not what I was hoping I'd get for the price tag.
You'd think that with a title like "The Art of Building Worlds" the book would offer more insight into the creative processes of Bungie and 343's incredible artists as they create and design the stunning worlds of the Halo universe, but it ends up little more than a picture book.
Great if you want a collection of pretty pictures, but not so much if you want a little more out of your art books.