I always knew there had to be something between these two. Jacopo Camagni‘s illustration of the various tensions between Jon Talbain and B.B Hood was striking enough to include in Udon’s Darkstalkers Tribute book, which I mentioned last year. What impresses me most about this is the balance between Jon’s strength and Hood’s fragility. Jacopo manages to make the oft-overplayed Big Bad Wolf / Little Red dynamic and make it feel sincere.
Tandemonium has alerted me to UDON Entertainment’s Darkstalkers Tribute book, which sounds like the holy grail for fans of the video game series‘ iconic art and character design. Expect plenty of Jon Talbain art!
Inside are nearly 300 pages of artwork portraying the Darkstalkers cast in a feverish array of styles and designs, from tightly rendered realistic paintings through to abstract and iconic interpretations. This is a lush video game art gallery in a book, bursting with inspiration and energy on every page.
The book is a nice fat hardcover edition, and you can pre-order it straight from UDON’s site for $80 US + shipping. It will also be available at a number of anime and video game conventions, including Anime Expo, Otakon and Penny Arcade Expo. Preorders through the web site ship in August.