Book Review: Zero: JM Ken Niimura Illustrations

Zero: JM Ken Niimura Illustrations


JM Ken Niimura, of Japanese and Spanish origin, is an artist whose work has appeared in numerous publicity campaigns and won several prizes. He has illustrated for the graphic novel I Kill Giants (Amazon.com).

ZERO is a 96-page paperback size art book that collects the beautiful illustrations of JM Ken Niimura. There are personal works as well as work for events, magazines and other publication. All from 2007-2009.

The book is published by Image Comics and they have given it some special but simple treatment. There are circular holes cut out from the front and back cover to review portions of art behind them.

Much of the illustrations featured are in manga style, with strong colours and dynamic poses. I like his use of colours which are predominantly red and green, and their close tints. He makes the colours work well against one another. Besides the manga style, there are also more cartoon-like drawings with more simple and loose strokes.

At the back of the book are some nude figure drawings of a slender lady with long hair. I love their poses. The compositions are particularly nice, and that can be said about the other pieces.

It's a charming art book. I wish there were more art but it's certainly worth the money.

You can check out more work at the website of JM Ken Niimura.

Zero: JM Ken Niimura Illustrations TP is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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I ordered the French version

I ordered the French version from amazon.fr, but as they didn't seem to post it when it came out, I ordered it also from a comic shop (and forgot the Amazon order). I also forgot to cancel it, so when they suddenly posted it months later (January 2011), I didn't bother to open the packet at first. When I did I discoverd that Amazon version is signed and numbered!
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I met Niimura in 1009 in Finland, Helsinki, he's a really cool artist. I love this book!

I bought it this afternoon,

I bought it this afternoon, at $12 it was cheaper than I expected.
It's a really cool book with lots of great, fun art.
My only disappointment is that there is no commentary whatsoever, it would have been nice to get some kind of insight into his art or creative process.

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