- Hardcover: 424 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (Feb. 21 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1506703356
- ISBN-13: 978-1506703350
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 4.1 x 31.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts Hardcover – Feb 21 2017
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This is a "Collected Arts" book. It collects finished and approved art.
Take all the small clip art from the Zelda instruction booklets, players guides and promotional pieces, make them bigger and put them all in one hefty book so they can have space to breathe and be appreciated.
To those who already own the Hyrule Historia, If you wanted larger versions and more of the finished art in the timeline section (pages 68-136), but none of the rough development sketches (pages 8-66 and pages 138-232) that's what you get.
I've always loved the art in pre-ocarina and gameboy instruction booklets, and having higher resolution print versions of it to mull over without needing a magnifying lens is nice.
One B negative for me personally, is that the character and monster sections for Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are full of in-game models. Those games have beautiful concept art, but because, I guess, the players guides and promotion material didn't require finished art versions of anything outside the main characters and promo splash pages, they had to fill these sections with in-game models. I get it. Like I said earlier, most of the art comes from instruction booklets, and those died around the time those games were released.
In conclusion, it's a good companion to the Historia, which turns out, has less of the finished art than I remembered. Just know you're buying a big(and heavy) coffee table book full of artwork that's been in every gaming magazine and players guide ever and is easily accessible online.
I kind of wish they had more interview content for each game in the series so we could get a peak of what the artists and art team were thinking when designing the characters and worlds.
Makes a fantastic gift idea too!
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