I was at Basheer Graphic Books a few days ago when the boss Mr Nasser took out this huge box set from nowhere and put it onto the table with a loud thump.
He said, "Teoh, you have to check this out. Can you post this on your blog and see if people like it?"
Mr Nasser is always on a lookout for Asian artbooks that he can translate for the English market. The latest book that he got was The Art of Noah. It's difficult to gauge the popularity of an artbook. He would have to take a risk in order to publish it. That involves buying the rights to reprint and hopefully make back the money. And printing artbooks for unknown artists is risky, even if they may be very well known in their own country.
The artist for the artbook is Kuang Hong. I'm not sure if his English name is Noah.
This is a two-book set that collects all the artworks that he has created from 2003 to 2015. The artworks are illustrations, character and concept design. Most are character based art, such as portraits, character or creature design.
His skills are definitely top notch. Way back in 2003, he's already producing high quality art. The colouring style reminds me of Katsuya Terada.
There's a lot of designs and creativity in the book. Many of the artworks are, if I'm not wrong, created for games.
One book has 172 pages, the other 164.
So check out the pictures below and let Mr Nasser know what you think on his Facebook page. He might have some copies for sale. The text is in Chinese but there's not a lot to read as it's mostly art.