I don’t own much artbooks but within the first 2-3 months of this year, I bought two artbooks. Prior to this, the only one I owned was Miwa Shirow’s VVW which was a thin A4-sized book from Comiket. And now I have two decent sized artbooks: Mawaru Penguindrum Hoshino Lily Artworks and Hatsune Miku Graphics Character Collection CV01.
I ended up buying Hoshino Lily’s Penguindrum artbook since it was still in stock on CDJ
plus I was also buying something else from there anyway. I saw it in HK and was tempted to buy it but…. it’s overpriced, heh. So when I saw it was still in stock on CDJ, I immediately added it to my cart.
I’m not too familiar with Hoshino Lily’s works – I bought it mainly ‘cos I loved the anime series, Mawaru Penguindrum, and I liked Hoshino Lily’s art for this series. Please excuse my shoddy photos of the artbook, XD;;
I love how the cover has embossed stars and words~
The artbook’s divided into four sections: illustration gallery, end card gallery, character design and special contents which includes an interview and a two-page comic.
I didn’t like how they chopped up my favourite end card image into three sections. I don’t get why they didn’t try fit onto a doublespread or do a pullout?
The next page has the entire image fitted on one page but it’s kinda weird how they did this…
There’s character sketches for all the characters – even the Takakura parents and the Mario boy.
(and my shoddy photos of the artbook continues, wheee… “orz Maybe I should just use my phone next time or the P&S camera. Also photoshopping these photos of sketches is hard)
Overall, I like this artbook~ Such pretty drawings
plus the book smells nice too. So happy that it was still in stock at CDJ!
The other artbook I bought was the Hatsune Miku Graphics Character Collection CV01. I found it at HK’s Animate at a pretty decent price. And then I later realised I got the TW/HK version therefore it was cheaper than buying the JP version in HK… heh. It doesn’t bother me because there’s not that much text anyway and I can’t read Japanese or Chinese. The artists’ names are kept in Japanese though.
As mentioned, it’s just a collection of fanarts. There’s a url for each artist so you can check out their works online. I’m not too familiar with Vocaloid artists so getting the book could get me to know more…? Hm… I did recognise some of the artworks and artists in the book though.
There was also an HK/TW version of the Kagamine Rin/Len collection. I had considered buying it too but ended up not getting it.
….maaaaybe I should’ve. Animate was doing a further discount too (5% off, I think?). Luka’s artbook wasn’t out in Chinese yet otherwise I would’ve bought that too. I think. Hm. Money… @.@