Where do i begin? First, i found this book while looking for Character Design techniques and this is only but one(actually, two with one other of this serie) of the works that i found. My first impression was already amazing, you could go to the publisher's site and actually flip trough the pages to see what you're getting in smaller proportion and i got already pretty psyched about it. I though that i should have it, but could barely afford the regular edition so i was not even close to the hard cover one. Imediatly i though that i would get something close to a magazine with high definition printing and a slightly superior paper and my psych begun to diminish as i started thinking about the problem.
Since i live in Brazil, i knew the shipping would take quite a while to arrive, as it did. You can't exactly expect such a specific book to come overseas in under a week or so, and i could not for the life of me find this in here anyways, so i just waited for it to arrive patiently. When it finally hit my house...
The packing was gigantic, i had actually no idea what was inside, but it was heavy. As i started unpacking my eyes began to shine when i finally opened it. First, it might not be a hard cover, but it comes in a perfectly fitting hard case, beautifully embelished by the cover's art printed in some of the best quality printing i have ever seen. The book was amazing, the contents were nothing short of a surprise with the paper. I might not know all that much about paper but it is printed on something like 120g/m² opaque which is great so that light don't actually reflect on your eyes as you're reading it, expect on the imagry that makes the allready beautifull drawing just shine.
Now, i'v been going on and on about the how good it is printed, but i have not forgotten about the content. Honestly, it was not what i was expecting here. The book is about three artists that have established sucessful carreers in the Character Design business and have them talking about their way into the industry. It is a very light reading with a lot of illustratio to go with them, focusing on tutorials to teach you to compose some characters. When i read about it i though it would go more deeply into the character construction and unfortunately it retains much of it's focus towards the art. It is not all that surprising since the whole series is about Digital Arts, but it might be a little repetitive, especially because i was expecting a focus towards the actual design of the characters instead of the means to make his eyes shine more or less. With this said, they do go deep enough into character construction to pick my interest, so i was not exactly disapointed, i just wish it had less focus on the art to give more space to concept decisions such as "Why i gave him a red hat" or "Why does short hair means rebelious".
Overall, it's a great book and i will love it for years to come. This one, along with it's brother "D'artiste Concept Art" is definitely making it's way into my Character Design bookshelf and i definitely do not regret a thing about this purchase. I hope you enjoy it as much as i do. Cya!