Darkstalkers Tribute is the second tribute volume, the first being the Street Fighter Tribute (SFT) — which is awesome. This time round, it brought in over 2000 submissions, more than SFT's 1300!
This is a paperback without a dust jacket and there are 296 pages. The paper is slightly thinner than SFT but doesn't affect the art book in anyway. The colour reproduction is still brilliant.
With so many artists contributing, the variety of style is amazing, of course. Some of the styles included are manga, caricature, 3D, chibi, game art, vector and many others. There's even a very sexy sculpted model of Morrigan.
Not just style, some of the ideas and concepts are really fun. There are illustrations of Darkstalkers when they are old but still fighting, Baby Bonnie Hood with mecha enhancements, Transformers-style and other wacky stuff. Looks like everyone spent a lot of time on their work.
Every illustration is captioned with the artists and their websites, which opens up more avenues for exploration if you like the artist's work you see.
It's another great tribute, highly recommended to character designers, fantasy art and Darkstalkers lovers.
I wonder what tribute Udon will come up with next.
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