UDON Holiday 2013 – Day 9

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Day Nine: Today’s image comes from PIXIV Almanac, and is by the illustrator Masuo! Find more art by Masuo online at http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=36978

I really love this illustration because it really re-enforces just how special Santa Claus is…! The rest of us up in that sleigh would be freezing, with snow blowing in our faces at incredible speed. But for this untraditional Santa (don’t drive your sleigh while on your phone, kids) it’s just a super-chill situation, and beautiful to boot! Also, there’s a ton of detail and great perspective-work on display here as well… this artist is enormously talented!

In fact, PIXIV Almanac is full of great, talented artists, and I’m thrilled we’re getting more opportunity to spotlight them here. :)

Pixiv AlmanacFeaturing over 2 million members, PIXIV is Japan’s ultimate online art community. The web site allows creators to show off their work, share feedback, and grow into even better artists. The PIXIV ALMANAC collects artwork from some of the community’s most talented members, showcasing a variety of colourful anime, manga and cg art styles. Plus, the book also includes many works featuring Japan’s most popular synthetic singing sensation – Hatsune Miku!

Available Now!
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-35-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-35-8

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 258, Color
Size: 8.25? wide X 11.75? long

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UDON’s 31 Days of Hallowe’en! Day 20

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It’s a double-shot of PIXIV this weekend, with another gorgeous Hallowe’en-themed illustration from Pixiv Almanac!

This piece is titled “Trick or ARANCIA” and the artist’s name is Harikamo! Scroll down to see the image in-context from the page in the book, as well as more samples of this artist’s work!

 

Pixiv AlmanacFeaturing over 2 million members, PIXIV is Japan’s ultimate online art community. The web site allows creators to show off their work, share feedback, and grow into even better artists. The PIXIV ALMANAC collects artwork from some of the community’s most talented members, showcasing a variety of colourful anime, manga and cg art styles. Plus, the book also includes many works featuring Japan’s most popular synthetic singing sensation – Hatsune Miku!Release date: April 11, 2012
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-35-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-35-8

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 258, Color
Size: 8.25? wide X 11.75? long

Buy at Amazon.com

 

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UDON’s 31 Days of Hallowe’en! Day 19

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Now that’s what I call Hallowe’en!

This special image comes from an amazing artist named “Tobi”, and their work is featured in the fantastic art anthology Pixiv: Alamanac. You can see just the Hallowe’en image above, and the full page from the book with more samples of her work below!

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Featuring over 2 million members, PIXIV is Japan’s ultimate online art community. The web site allows creators to show off their work, share feedback, and grow into even better artists. The PIXIV ALMANAC collects artwork from some of the community’s most talented members, showcasing a variety of colourful anime, manga and cg art styles. Plus, the book also includes many works featuring Japan’s most popular synthetic singing sensation – Hatsune Miku!

Release date: April 11, 2012
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-35-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-35-8

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 258, Color
Size: 8.25? wide X 11.75? long

Buy at Amazon.com

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PIXIV ALMANAC (UDON 2012 in Review)

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Hatsune Miku, Black Rock Shooter, and hundreds of talented artists make their North American debut!

Featuring over 2 million members, PIXIV is Japan’s ultimate online art community. The web site allows creators to show off their work, share feedback, collaborate on projects and grow into even better artists. With nearly a dozen Pixiv-related art book collections released in Japan, 2012 finally saw the first of these amazing collections make their way to North America!

PIXIV ALMANAC collects the artwork of nearly 200 artists from Japan, Korea, and around the world, showcasing a wide variety of artistic styles, from colourful manga and anime-influenced illustrations to cutting-edge CG and digital painting. In addition, it is the first official North American license of two massively popular Japanese character creations, Hatsune Miku and Black Rock Shooter!

pixivalmanac-preview-03HATSUNE MIKU: “Born” in 2007, Hatsune Miku is a Japanese virtual idol—a computer generated singing sensation who has sold out shows on both sides of the Pacific. Created by Crypton Future Media as the ‘face’ of their synthesizer software, Miku’s popularity continues a meteoric rise around the world! PIXIV ALMANAC is the first English-language book to feature Hatsune Miku, and the book features a selection of the over 200,000 Miku drawings posted to PIXIV, as well as a double page feature entitled “Miku Append” introducing the character, software, and goods!

BLACK ROCK SHOOTER: A character created by artist “Huke” and posted to the PIXIV website, Black Rock Shooter’s stunning character design and original art inspired music, thousands of illustrations, an OVA, TV anime series, video games, manga, and more! The dystopian science-fiction heroine has become a symbol of the power and promise of PIXIV worldwide, and the character appears in dozens of illustrations and a special two-page appendix in PIXIV ALMANAC!

Featuring nearly a thousand pieces of original artwork, PIXIV ALMANAC is a must-own art book for anime, manga, Japanese culture, and art fans around the world!

PIXIV ALMANAC

Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-35-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-35-8
Diamond: SEP111258

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 258, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

Buy from Amazon | Buy UDON Books

Check out this huge gallery of amazing art from the pages of PIXIV ALAMANC:

 

PIXIV ALMANAC Announcement and Gallery!

PIXIV ALAMANAC brings Hatsune Miku and Black?Rock Shooter to North America!?
UDON brings hundreds of talented creators to print in English with PIXIV ALAMANAC

In stores April 18th, 2012

TORONTO: Featuring over 2 million members, PIXIV is Japan’s ultimate online art community. The web site allows creators to show off their work, share feedback, collaborate on projects and grow into even better artists. Finally, PIXIV ALMANAC, the popular series of artbooks showcasing these talents will make its way to North America this spring, courtesy of UDON.

PIXIV ALMANAC collects the artwork of nearly 200 artists from Japan, Korea, and around the world, some of the PIXIVcommunity’s most talented members! It showcases a wide variety of artistic styles, from colourful manga and anime-influenced illustrations to cutting-edge CG and digital painting, a beautiful collection for art fans and tremendously inspiring for fellow-artists! In addition, each page offers links to further work and personal websites, and many even include a personal message from the creators! It’s a peak inside the world’s largest online gathering of artists!

BONUS: PIXIV ALMANAC is the first English-language book to feature several massively popular Japanese properties!

HATSUNE MIKU: “Born” in 2007, Hatsune Miku is a Japanese virtual idol—a computer generated singing sensation who has sold out shows on both sides of the Pacific. Created by Crypton Future Media as the ‘face’ of their synthesizer software, Miku’s popularity continues a meteoric rise around the world! PIXIV ALMANAC is the first English-language book to feature Hatsune Miku, and the book features a selection of the over 200,000 Miku drawings posted to PIXIV, as well as a double page feature entitled “Miku Append” introducing the character, software, and goods!

BLACK?ROCK SHOOTER: A character created by artist “Huke” and posted to the PIXIV website, Black Rock Shooter’s stunning character design and original art inspired music, thousands of illustrations, an OVA, TV anime series, video games, manga, and more! The dystopian science-fiction heroine has become a symbol of the power and promise of PIXIV worldwide, and the character appears in dozens of illustrations and a special two-page appendix in PIXIV ALMANAC!

Featuring nearly 200 different artists and nearly a thousand pieces of original artwork, PIXIV ALMANAC is a must-own artbook for anime, manga, Japanese culture, and art fans around the world!

PIXIV ALMANAC
Release date: April 18, 2012
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-35-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-35-8
Diamond: SEP111258 

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 258, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

Check out this huge gallery of amazing art from the pages of PIXIV ALAMANC: