The Art of the Witcher
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The Art of the Witcher Details

TitleThe Art of the Witcher
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherDark Horse Books
ISBN-139781506702452
Rating
GenreArt, Fantasy, Games, Video Games

The Art of the Witcher Review

  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ With a coffee table book, sometimes pretty full page images alone just isn't enough. Fortunately, for this collection of the Gwent stand alone game card images, we get more than pretty pictures with informative accompanying text. Yes, at times, the text can feel very self congratulatory, but then again, the sheer amount of time, talent, and especially collaboration put into the stand alone card game clearly provided a tr More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ With a coffee table book, sometimes pretty full page images alone just isn't enough. Fortunately, for this collection of the Gwent stand alone game card images, we get more than pretty pictures with informative accompanying text. Yes, at times, the text can feel very self congratulatory, but then again, the sheer amount of time, talent, and especially collaboration put into the stand alone card game clearly provided a truly exceptional achievement.The book is broken down by factions: Monsters, Northern Realms, Scoia'tael, Skellige, Nilfgaardian Empire, Neutral Forces, and special cards. All the art from the Witcher 3 in-game version was completely redone for the new game and many are quite spectacular.Each section has an introduction to the theme, discussion of the characters, and thoughts on what the artists were hoping to convey. About half the cards are given a full page treatment with a discussion of the background of the character, the art approach, and a quote that tells about the card. Then there are several pages with 4 cards to a page and no descriptive text. Some cards were challenging (e.g., the shadows - how to show detail of a shadow creature) and others were about being creative (e.g., the cover showing Geralt casting Igni - but from the perspective of someone about to get burned by it).There were a few characters/cards not in the game/books but created for this big Gwent deck. And the new mechanics expanding the game beyond how it appeared in Witcher 3 are also touched a bit upon. The book does a great job of exploring the universe, discussing the mechanics of a card game, and presenting the creative aspects of the artists and their commissions. Characters only briefly discussed in the books (e.g., the succession of Nilfgardian emperors from Emhry to Voorhis, to Jan Calveit are all covered here, though we only see two of them really in the games) get cards, which is also neat.I admit that I would have liked to have all the cards have accompanying text - E.g., Fringilla, Vattier De Rideux, Priscilla, Sile De Tansarville, Ves, Radovid, Dijkstra....none have accompanying text. Instead we get text for Trebuchet or for Lesser Fog monsters. I really wanted to learn more about the characters, why they were designed as they were and why they were wearing what they were wearing. This felt like it would have been the perfect place for more lore. That said, to see so many of the beautiful artwork full page was impressive. And the cards cover all Witcher games as well as characters only appearing in the books. Game mechanics and strategy are briefly touched upon in some places.In all, a beautiful collection with stunning fantasy artwork and nice accompanying text about the art, the lore, and the game. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
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  • Svarnyp
    January 1, 1970
    Cool art book for people who like the Witcher or fantasy in general. There are (for me) surprisingly many character illustrations and only approximately a fifth or quarter of the book are monsters. What is great are some notes form the artists about the inspiration or intention with the picture. However, these notes are not present in every picture and sometimes seem a little funny when the image fails to deliver the claims of the short note. What I hated were pictures that span both pages becau Cool art book for people who like the Witcher or fantasy in general. There are (for me) surprisingly many character illustrations and only approximately a fifth or quarter of the book are monsters. What is great are some notes form the artists about the inspiration or intention with the picture. However, these notes are not present in every picture and sometimes seem a little funny when the image fails to deliver the claims of the short note. What I hated were pictures that span both pages because these were cut in half by the book binding, maybe an insert or similar form would be a better option.
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  • Steve Grey
    January 1, 1970
    Stunning!!Was a little hesitant about getting this in digital format as I usually buy this type of book in a physical form. Amazing fantasy art for both Witcher and Gwent fans. So good I'll be buying a physical copy as well!!!
  • Petr Čapek
    January 1, 1970
    http://www.schefikuvblog.eu/gwent-vyt...
  • MG
    January 1, 1970
    I love the art in the book and appreciate the chance to read bits behind the scenes from The Witcher's world.
  • Káťa s knihou
    January 1, 1970
    Pro někoho, kdo Zaklinače miluje, je to jedna z věcí, které musí mít doma :D
  • Joanna
    January 1, 1970
    GWENT!!! ANYONE WANT TO PLAY GWENT
  • Cristina
    January 1, 1970
    Si tratta di un artbook dedicato al mini-game di The Witcher 3 che nel 2016, grazie al successo ottenuto, è divenuto gioco stand-alone.Il volume è suddiviso in 7 capitoli (più una breve prefazione) di cui 5 dedicati alle fazioni del gioco, 1 alle carte neutrali e 1 a quelle speciali, inoltre ogni capitolo si apre con una breve descrizione del gruppo di carte e del loro ruolo nel Gwent. Le immagini sono quasi tutte a pagina intera, sono accompagnate dal nome dell'autore, citazione del personaggio Si tratta di un artbook dedicato al mini-game di The Witcher 3 che nel 2016, grazie al successo ottenuto, è divenuto gioco stand-alone.Il volume è suddiviso in 7 capitoli (più una breve prefazione) di cui 5 dedicati alle fazioni del gioco, 1 alle carte neutrali e 1 a quelle speciali, inoltre ogni capitolo si apre con una breve descrizione del gruppo di carte e del loro ruolo nel Gwent. Le immagini sono quasi tutte a pagina intera, sono accompagnate dal nome dell'autore, citazione del personaggio, breve spiegazione di questo e approccio artistico utilizzato (ad esempio per la carta di Aelirenn l'autore dice di essersi ispirato al dipinto di Delacroix "La Libertà che guida il popolo"). Tutto questo rende il libro molto più curato e dettagliato ma è bene far presente che vi sono diverse pagine che raccolgono 4 immagini insieme e presentano solo le citazioni e il nome dell'autore.Le illustrazioni sono assolutamente superbe, tra le mie preferite ci sono quelle di Cantarella, Ithlinne, Isengrim, Aelirenn, Ruehin, Shani, Milva e Iris ma scegliere è davvero difficile, sono tutte meravigliose e splendidamente realizzate, ognuna tenta di cogliere al meglio il personaggio rappresentato. Un aspetto che ho sempre apprezzato del Gwent è che non vi sono solo i personaggi dei videogames o quelli creati appositamente per questo gioco ma trovano posto perfino quelli dei libri, anche se si tratta di personaggi che magari hanno avuto un ruolo marginale o sono stati solo nominati.Per i fan di The Witcher e del Gwent è sicuramente un acquisto da valutare perché si tratta di un prodotto veramente ben fatto e di qualità. L'unico difetto è che non vi sono proprio tutte le carte perché mancano quelle aggiunte dopo la pubblicazione di questo, chissà magari verrà realizzato un altro volume!
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