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    Looking for a particular book of enviro concept art

    Hey all, hate to post one of these threads but I was doing my Christmas shopping and remembered this book I saw a few months ago as something a friend would really like but I cannot remember the name of the book or artist. To describe it:

    As I remember it, it was almost entirely environment drawings and paintings all by either one studio or (I believe) just one artist. It was not large but fairly thick and probably had a couple hundred pieces of art. I remember the amount of work being fairly staggering. The scenes were mainly of desolate city streets, skylines, and interiors with a sort of Akira-esque tone to them, kind of dirty and retrofitted type future Tokyo maybe. It definitely had a Japanese feel to it (in both technique and location). The copy I saw was one that somebody had bought at San Diego Comicon.

    I'd guess that it was published recently, though I don't know for sure. Ring any bells?

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    nope, not the one, though that is a fantastic book.

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    Did it have English or Japanese text? Rendered in digital or sketchbook like?

    I'm curious. Hey folks, let's help Dave!

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    I don't recall there being any text at all, just full page illustrations. I think it was laid out landscape style (the spine along the short side) and had a sort of animation type rendering to the paintings.

    Watch me find this thing one day and it's completely different from my memory of it

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    [QUOTE=DavePalumbo;1567824]I don't recall there being any text at all, just full page illustrations. /QUOTE]

    Well, that rules out dsp books (Scot Robertson's publishing house) that I know or even the usual Japanese "mook". Those are loaded with text.

    Could be a lulu printed artist portfolio is now my guess.

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    This cover look familiar?

    Looking for a particular book of enviro concept art

    I have a copy. It is primarily enviro paintings for the Steamboy anime. By Akira's Otomo. It's landscape format. But it's more about concepts of a steampunk England than post-apocalyptic Tokyo.

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    no im pretty sure i know what you are talking about. i think rich has it. its got a rediculous amount of shit in it right? i think they were backgrounds for some movie or something. if nobody else gets it, i can ask him at work tomorrow...ill bet theres a shit load of thse books, seeing as how much rediculous background art gets done for anime...but this one you are talking about, had the really really elaborate cityscapes in it, and reduicuously good perspective, landscape sized, and im almost absolutely sure rich has it. goddamn i wish i could think of the name of it...-c36
    -edit, flip i havent seen that book but i bet its killer. the bgs in that movie were siiiick....

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    Quote Originally Posted by el coro View Post
    the bgs in that movie were siiiick....
    Absolutely.

    I highly recommend the book for anybody into hand painted backgrounds or for steampunk-Victorian refs. Painted machinery interior concepts are included. 270 pgs.

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    yeah thats the one i was thinking of. its so good it will make your nuts explode. seriously inspiring work.

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    Is it the artbook for Tekkon Kinkreet?
    YESSS!!!! That is it! Dude, you are the man! Thankyou guys so much, I'm a-buyin one for myself too!

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    cool stuff!

    thanks IA

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    ha ha. no wonder, with the trad painted look: the steamboy connection, from one of the links IA provided.

    You managed to gather a real dream-team for this film including the art director Shinji Kimura of Steamboy, the animator Shoujirou Nishimi and the technical director Hiroaki Ando.


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    Sweet, let me know where you find it - Imma have to pick it up too.

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    well, looks like Amazon.com.jp is the only place to get one online, but only some parts of the site are available in English (the page for seller lisitings is not one of them). Couldn't make heads or tails of that so I ended up getting one on Ebay. Fuck that hurt, but it's got a sketch in it so I don't feel too bad

    Damn I wish I'd bought one at Comic Con >_<

    lesson learned: never pass up an awesome book.

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    ah tekkon kinkreet fucking totally bitchin anime love it!

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    I'm with Barts. It was a pretty wild ride to see that. Didn't know there was an art book so thanks to y'all!

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    www.amazon.co.jp This is a link to Amazon Japan for the link to the art book, translated to English using Google. Just to help those that don't know.
    and for exchange rate of currency: 6,485.00 JPY = 57.7735 USD
    Go here to convert rates: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

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    oh yeah... that anime was farking slick as...
    so did you grab a copy dave??? tom?? I might get one too...

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    Hrm, even the amazon.jp ones are 3rd party sellers. Maybe ebay is the only option, can't find any importers from the states either (at least through google). Will dig more tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlipMcgee View Post
    This cover look familiar?

    Looking for a particular book of enviro concept art

    I have a copy. It is primarily enviro paintings for the Steamboy anime. By Akira's Otomo. It's landscape format. But it's more about concepts of a steampunk England than post-apocalyptic Tokyo.
    That movie is so cool.

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    so did you grab a copy dave???
    like I said, got one through Ebay. It was the only copy listed, though of course that can change at any moment. Also be aware that there are two different books. One has a white cover and one has a black cover. I got the White book, which I think is the one with actual artwork used for the movie. I'm not sure what's in the Black book, but I think it's more concept and character stuff?

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    Dave, did you try China town?
    unfortunately theres no Japanese book store in Philly that i know of. But I've seen many book sin some china town stores.

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    Both books here are a bit hard to find with reasonable prices to Europe.

    Anyone have any other must-have anime art books with similarities to the previously mentioned?

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    The kuro/black book is mostly text I read somewhere?
    Still looking for the shiro/white anywhere...

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    I've been watching this movie constantly over the last few days. The animation is deadly! Coro is right, the perspective is integrated so well with the character movement esp. in the action scenes.

    Search Studio 4 on youtube to find some chill animations they've done. Music vidoes really but the Kung Fu love story is pretty damn awesome.

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    Stuart Ng Books wouldn't have it? If they don't, I wonder if they could get it...because the art in this is pretty spectacular. Now, I want it.

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