Shining Force Feather: Design Works (UDON 2012 in Review)


Shining Force Feather: Design Works

ShiningForceFeatherCoverOriginally released for the Nintendo DS, Shining Force Feather is a sprawling and epic fantasy RPG entry in the Shining series of video games… and although it’s unfortunately never been released in North America, the artwork and story outlined in the collection is the next best thing to having played it.

This art book follows our beautiful 2011 release, Tony’s Artworks from Shining World, our first Shining artbook release, featuring the work of Tony Taka. This game and book features character designs and illustrations from two excellent illustrators, pako and Haruhi Suzumiya’s official illustrator Noizi Ito! Does this make it an ‘unofficial prequel’ to our upcoming Haruhi book (j/k)? Hah. It was followed up at the start of the new year with our third Shining series book, Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials, also featuring the work of Tony Taka.

Shining Force Feather: Design Works is chock full of official game art, design sketches, character profiles, and much more. It’s such an intense book to produce that we actually used three different paper stocks, as well as a special ink and beautiful gold-foil-stamped cover…! We tested out numerous prints and paperstocks in order to get this project just right, and while we do this for all of our books this one was just a bit more complex than usual. The book starts out with a collection of pin-ups and rare art released from the series, all on our highest-quality glossy paper stock. The next section features all of the character designs and illustrations created for the series, on a matte, bright-white stock. Finally the third section of the book is printed on a special cream paper stock, and features behind-the-scenes sketches from the series! It’s like holding a sketchbook in your hands, and all of the art is accented with a gorgeous special metallic copper ink. The book also features several interviews with paki and Noizi Ito, Sega Producer Yoichi Shimosato, and game director Tomoyuki Murai! It’s a great read as well as looking beautiful!

Holding one a copy in my hands I can tell you that all of the production team’s hard work was worth it! While Shining Force Feather: Design Works might be one of our titles for the most dedicated and hardcore fans, all art book collectors should keep an eye out for this one… it’s too beautiful not to have a print copy in your collection!

Shining Force Feather: Design Works

Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-46-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-46-4

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 168, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

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