UDON Top 10 Art Books

Here they are, UDON’s top ten art books! Rankings are calculated based on total lifetime sales. Note, for this list some items may be a combination of multiple editions. For example, SF25: The Art of Street Fighter includes sales of the earlier edition SF20: The Art of Street Fighter.

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#1: Okami: Official Complete Works

Okami boasts a very unique art style, heavily inspired by Japanese watercolor painting. The Okami Official Complete Works art book will take you behind the scenes to the amazing artwork that defines the wonderful world of this beautiful video game! The 288 full color pages are filled with character and location designs, concept sketches and production notes from the creators giving you an in-depth look at the fantasy world of Okami! A truly inspiring book, translated into English for the first time!

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#2: MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works

At over 430-pages, MM25 is the ultimate Mega Man artwork collection! MM25 collects the complete artwork behind every Mega Man and Mega Man X game, including character art, concept sketches, game covers, rare pin-ups, and much more. This new edition also features over 100-pages of never-before-published material, plus new tribute art and interviews from the creators behind the blue bomber!

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#3: UDON’s Art of Capcom: Complete Edition

Collecting over 10 years of UDON’s Capcom artwork in one epic 600-page hardcover volume! UDON’s Art of Capcom: Complete Edition gathers more than 80 UDON artists’ renditions of the cast of Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, Mega Man, Strider, and other classic Capcom franchises. Included are comic covers, toy designs, video game sprites, game box art, tribute art, and much more!

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#4: Dark Souls Design Works

Collecting the dark and haunting artwork behind the critically-acclaimed Dark Souls II in a prestigious hardcover tome. Dark Souls II: Design Works features armor and weapon designs, character concepts, creatures, locations, rough sketches, an exclusive interview with the game’s creators, and more!

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#5: Street Fighter Tribute

Fine art meets martial arts in this collaborative tribute to the undisputed king of all fighting game franchises – Street Fighter! Street Fighter Tribute features hundreds of original illustrations by artists from around the globe, each paying homage to their favorite Street Fighter characters in a dizzying array of styles. This video game art gallery in a book is bursting with inspiration, energy, and a love for all things Street Fighter!

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#6: SF25: The Art of Street Fighter

The king of fighting games gets the ultimate art book with SF25: The Art of Street Fighter, collecting over 25 years of Street Fighter artwork! This 448-page behemoth of a book collects pin-ups, character designs, crossover artwork, rare concept art, and more. SF25 features over 100-pages of new material, including tribute art from top Japanese artists, never-before-collected sketches and game art, and all-new interviews with the people who created the legend that is Street Fighter!

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#7: The History of Sonic the Hedgehog

Celebrating over 20 years as SEGA’s official mascot, The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is the ultimate guide to SEGA’s spiky blue speedster! This hefty 300-page volume covers in detail two decades of 2D and 3D Sonic games, plus spinoffs and crossovers. You’ll also find character profiles, promotional artwork, rare concept art, and a detailed look at the origins of the “Blue Blur”.

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#8: Valkyria Chronicles: Design Archive

In Valkyria Chronicles, SEGA’s critically acclaimed tactical RPG, Welkin and the members of the 7th Platoon struggle for freedom as the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Valkyria Chronicles: Design Archive takes you behind the scenes, showcasing the gorgeous artwork of this truly epic world. The book features 400 pages of character designs, vehicle and weapon designs, maps and promotional art, all accompanied by detailed background information and creator commentary.

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#9: Persona 4: Official Design Works

Featuring the character designs of Shigenori Soejima! Go behind the scenes of Persona 4, the final game of the landmark Persona series! Inside you”ll find character designs, rough sketches, backgrounds and settings, an exclusive interview with the game”s creators, and more!

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#10: The Eyes of Bayonetta

A member of an ancient witch clan and possessing powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless angelic enemies, many reaching epic proportions, in a game of 100% pure, unadulterated, all-out action. The Eyes of Bayonetta collects the stylish artwork behind this cinematic action game, featuring character sketches, CG models, monster, weapon, and location designs, and creator commentary. Also included is an exclusive hour-long DVD interview with the game’s creators, taking you behind the scenes of Bayonetta’s creation!

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