Book Review: Xa Colors

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Xa is the main designer for the MMORPG games Dofus and Wakfu.

Xa Colors is a 128-page paperback collecting some of the work he has created over the 8 years at Ankama Games. The beautiful illustrations are mainly character art. There are full coloured art, sketches, game sprites and some fan art.

The game characters are interestingly varied, fun looking with personalities. His artistic style depends on the software he uses. With Flash, he draws in vector style with nice cel shading, and with Painter, a more digital painting style. The in-game sprite and environment art are cute and look great. I like the look and feel of his characters.

There are a few pages of wonderful sketches assembled from sketchbooks with his rough but still dynamic character sketches. The fan art section has some drawings for games like Darkstalkers, FF12, and other titles I've not seen like Maliki, Ancestral Z, etc.

Commentary is short but written by Xa himself talking about his art and career.

Highly recommended to fans of character art, Dofus, Wakfu and character designers.

This book was borrowed from Basheer Graphic Books for review purposes. You can order the book from them. Check with Basheer on Facebook or visit their website.

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