UDON Holiday 2013: Day 5

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TakehitoHaradaArtworks_interiors_update-196Day Five: It’s the fifth day of our little online advent calendar, and this particular image is one of my favourites, not just because it’s a lovely Christmas scene featuring the ladies of Disgaea, but because you get to see the entire creative process that led to its creation!

If you click that image to the right there, that’s the preceding page in Takehito Harada Art Works 1, and it shows the step-by-step process for the first version of this image, that Harada-sensei abandoned because he didn’t like it! It then shows you how he came to create this one. That’s one of the things that makes this book so amazing, the fact that it goes through the entire creative process, and shows that even someone as talented and acclaimed as Harada-sensei can be dissatisfied with his work, throw it out, start over, and create something wonderful!

If you’re an aspiring artist (or have one on your shopping list), Takehito Harada Art Works 1 is the perfect book for them this holiday season…!

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Featuring the works of video game artist extraordinaire Takehito Harada, lead character designer of the hit Disgaea RPG series! Takehito Harada Art Works covers the artist’s work on all four Disgaea titles, as well as Prinny 1 & 2, Makai Kingdom, and Phantom Brave. Inside you’ll find game covers, rare promotional art, rough layouts, creator commentary, and a detailed look at Takehito Harada’s creative process.

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

ISBN: 1-926778-67-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-67-9
Diamond: JAN131297

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 208, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Check out a 10-page preview of this book!

 

 

UDON’s 31 Days of Hallowe’en! Day 2

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Today! Take a trip to the Netherworld with this haunting image from DisgaeART!!: Disgaea Official Illustration Collection. This image depicts Mao, son of the Overlord, as he attends Evil Academy and learns just enough terrible skills to usurp his father! Artwork by Takehito Harada.

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1926778502
ISBN-13: 978-1926778501
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 Return to the Netherworld with one of UDON’s most hotly demanded art books of all time…DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection!  

Compiling over 600 illustrations including character designs, box art, advertisements, pin-ups, short comics, and much more from all four flagship Disgaea video games, DISGAEArt!!! is awesome!

Featuring the artwork of Takehito Harada, character designer for the Disgaea series.

 

Now Available: Takehito Harada Art Works 1 (10 page preview)

TakehitoHaradaArtWorks1_CoverHey UDON Fans! We’re excited to announce that now available in stores is our newest art book release, Takehito Harada: Art Works 1! This is our second great art book collected illustrations and designs from the Disgaea video game series, following-up on the fall 2012 release of DISGAEArt!!!: Disgaea Official Illustration Collection. 

This new collection features hundreds of illustrations by Takehito Harada, lead character designer of the Disgaea series! And sure, this volume collects illustrations from Harada-sensei’s work on all four of the Disgaea titles, but it also includes never-before-seen illustrations from magazines, strategy guides, CD covers, goods illustrations, and much more! And speaking of more, Takehito Harada Art Works also contains more than just Harada-sensei’s Disgaea work–it also includes illustrations from Prinny 1 & 2, Makai Kingdom, and Phantom Brave!

Need more to convince you? How about this:

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Takehito Harada: Art Works 1 – Page 2 Preview

That’s right! Almost every illustration in the book includes the rough sketches and process drawings that show you how Harada-sensei ‘built’ his illustration… from the pencils up! We know that art book fans love the peeks behind-the-scenes just as much as they love the lush finished art work, and Takehito Harada: Art Works delivers on that! Every image in the book explore’s the artist’s creative process, making it invaluable for artists and illustrators who want to achieve those same looks and styles!

Finally, the book concludes with 10 pages (!) of commentary by Harada-sensei, as he talks about every illustration in the book! Everything from the emotion or style he was trying to convey to funny anecdotes about the illustrations’ creation!

Whether you’re a die-hard Disgaea fan, an aspiring artist or digital painter, or just a fan of great art books, we think you’re going to love Takehito Harada: Art Works 1. It’s now available in better comic and book stores everywhere!

Check out the 10 page preview of this book below!

Takehito Harada: Art Works

Featuring the works of video game artist extraordinaire Takehito Harada, lead character designer of the hit Disgaea RPG series! Takehito Harada Art Works covers the artist’s work on all four Disgaea titles, as well as Prinny 1 & 2, Makai Kingdom, and Phantom Brave. Inside you’ll find game covers, rare promotional art, rough layouts, creator commentary, and a detailed look at Takehito Harada’s creative process.

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

ISBN: 1-926778-67-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-67-9
Diamond: JAN131297

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 208, Color
Size: 8.25? x 11.75?

Buy At Amazon.com | Buy UDON Books

 

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection (UDON 2012 in Review)

Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

Return to the Netherworld with one of UDON’s most hotly demanded art books of all time… DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection! Compiling over 600 illustrations including character designs, box art, advertisements, pin-ups, short comics, and much more from all four flagship Disgaea video games, DISGAEArt!!! is awesome!

With over 1.7 million video games sold around the world, not to mention anime, manga, and novel spin-offs, the Disgaea series has an incredibly strong worldwide fandom, and DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection is truly the ultimate art book for Disgaea fans!

Primarily featuring the artwork of Takehito Harada, character designer for the Disgaeaseries, DISGAEArt!!! collects concept art, cutscenes, and an assortment of illustrations from the Disgaea universe, allowing fans to track the development of beloved characters from 2003’s Disgaea: Hour of Darkness all the way to 2011’s Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten. The collection then goes even further, revealing rare materials from the entire world of Disgaea, including artwork from novels, soundtracks, manga, DVD packaging, telephone cards, and even more – you’ll have to see it to believe it! An extensive index wraps up this collection, pointing out where every illustration made its original appearance!

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection is an exhaustively compiled and stunning compilation of art, and no fan of Disgaea — or gorgeous art books — will want to be without it!

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

Price (U.S.): $39.99
Diamond: MAY121308
ISBN: 1926778502
ISBN-13: 978-1926778501

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 192, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

Check out this preview of DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection:

 

Now In Stores: DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

Return to the Netherworld with one of UDON’s most hotly demanded art books of all time…DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection!  Compiling over 600 illustrations including character designs, box art, advertisements, pin-ups, short comics, and much more from all four flagship Disgaea video games, DISGAEArt!!! is awesome!

With over 1.7 million video games sold around the world, not to mention anime, manga, and novel spin-offs, the Disgaea series has an incredibly strong worldwide fandom, and DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection is truly the ultimate art book for Disgaea fans! 

Primarily featuring the artwork of Takehito Harada, character designer for the Disgaeaseries, DISGAEArt!!! collects concept art, cutscenes, and an assortment of illustrations from the Disgaea universe, allowing fans to track the development of beloved characters from 2003’s Disgaea: Hour of Darkness all the way to 2011’s Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten.  The collection then goes even further, revealing rare materials from the entire world of Disgaea, including artwork from novels, soundtracks, manga, DVD packaging, telephone cards, and even more – you’ll have to see it to believe it!  An extensive index wraps up this collection, pointing out where every illustration made its original appearance!

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection is an exhaustively compiled and stunning compilation of art, and no fan of Disgaea — or gorgeous art books — will want to be without it!

KEY FEATURES:

  • Collects over 600 illustrations from across the Disgaea video game series and the larger Disgaea universe of anime, manga, novels, and more!
  • Most of the illustrations are by Takehito Harada, character designer for the series and a fan-favourite!
  • Over 1.7 million Disgaea games have been sold!
  • Disgaea games have appeared on the PlayStation® 2, PSP®, Nintendo DS™, PlayStation® 3, and PlayStation® Network.

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection
In stores now
Price (U.S.): $39.99
Diamond: MAY121308
ISBN: 1926778502
ISBN-13: 978-1926778501
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 192, Color
Size: 8.25? wide X 11.75? long

Check out this preview of DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection:

 

Takehito Harada: Art Works

Takehito Harada Art Works 1 Cover Takehito Harada: Art Works

Featuring the works of video game artist extraordinaire Takehito Harada, lead character designer of the hit Disgaea RPG series! Takehito Harada Art Works covers the artist’s work on all four Disgaea titles, as well as Prinny 1 & 2, Makai Kingdom, and Phantom Brave. Inside you’ll find game covers, rare promotional art, rough layouts, creator commentary, and a detailed look at Takehito Harada’s creative process.

Release date: April 2013
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-67-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-67-9
Diamond: JAN131297

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 208, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

Where to buy:
 


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amazon.com (USA)

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bookdepository.com (Worldwide)
 


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