Posts by artbookreviewer

I am a collector and reviewer of artbooks about games, movies and tv.

The Art of Disney Encanto (2022)

The art of Disney Encanto is a lovely souvenir for anyone who’s watched this magical film about Mirabel. It’s also of interest to animators and illustrators. The book is published by Chronicle books and takes a landscape format. It’s brimming with full colour artwork and the colours are vibrant and delicious throughout. If you loved the movie, you’re going to want to cherish this artbook too.

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Product details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books; 1st edition (25 Nov. 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1797200860
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1797200866
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 24.13 x 2.41 x 29.21 cm

Minecraft Annual (2022)

The official minecraft annual 2022 (it comes out every year don’t you know!). Aimed at keen minecrafters of all ages this book contains a palatable mix of information, games, challenges and quirky facts. It’s an interactive book too in that there are things for you to do and you can even record your answers to challenges in it. There are answers located at the back and the whole thing is presented in a nice sturdy green hardcover. It’s a lot of bang for your buck here as this annual is only £8.99. What’s not to like?

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Product details

RRP: £8.99
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Farshore (2 Sept. 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 72 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0755501071
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0755501076
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 years and up
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.2 x 0.9 x 29.1 cm

Minecraft Epic Bases: 12 mind-blowing builds to spark your imagination (2020)

Twelve expert builders known only as The Twelve bring together a book filled with tips on how to create epic bases in Minecraft. This book is big, bold and beautiful. It is designed to spark the imagination and show what can truly be achieved in the game when you put your mind to it (and have lots of time to invest in it!). Buy the book here:

Product details

RRP: £12.99
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Egmont (1 Oct. 2020)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 96 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 140529647X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1405296472
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 years and up
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 25.1 x 1.6 x 30.6 cm

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Portraits (2021)

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Portraits is a very thorough and informative paperback book about portraiture. The books spans over 315 pages and includes various tips and strategies to help artists create successful and inventive portrait artwork. The book also features a gallery of the book’s contributors. And if you buy the book directly from 3dtotal’s online shop you also get a free booklet with extra tutorials in it! Buy it from amazon here:

Product details

RRP: £34.99
Publisher ‏ : ‎ 3DTotal Publishing (7 Nov. 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1912843390
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1912843398
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.96 x 1.91 x 29.85 cm

Go Straight The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-Em-Ups (2022)

This is an absolutely stunning collection of photographs and stories about the history of side-scrolling beat-em-up games. It’s a very comprehensive guide (spanning over 400 glossy pages!) and beautifully curated. I thought I’d played quite a few games from this genre over the years but there were tons of games featured in here I’d never even heard of! The games featured are from those released between 1980 and 2021 and across multiple platforms. The book has obviously been a labour of love and bitmap books have really outdone themselves yet again with this meaty publication. The games are ordered in chapters chronologically by decade and what I really like is it not only reveals backstories about each of the games but also describes the endings of games which are often quirky are provide unexpected twists. It’s glossy and full colour and there are loads of folder out flaps which reveal more information (game maps, character lists etc) which is a nice touch. Looking through this book for a 40 something gamer like me who has also worked in the gaming industry was a moving and nostalgic journey down memory lane. Double dragon, renegade, streets of rage, golden axe, ninja warriors. They’re all in here and many more you probably didn’t even know existed. Buy this from amazon

Product details

RRP: £34.99
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bitmap Books (4 April 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 456 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1838019154
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1838019150