Best Video Game Art Books: Concept Art and Behind the Scene Moments

best video game art books

Any video game fan always loves to know the fantastic process of the development of the game and behind the scene moments. So here is a list of top-rated Video game art books. With exclusive art get insight into the making process of each game. Learn about character design, weapon design, discarded ideas, interesting stories and so much more. These visually arresting quality companion art books will definitely give you a pleasant time that you may also use as a coffee table book.

Here are some of the best video game art books.

Art of Atari
Author: Tim Lapetino
Published at: 25/10/2016
ISBN: 1524101036

Atari, the company that introduced the world with many iconic and alluring games since 1972. The Art of Atari is a complete collection of the Atari artwork, like how the games were created, designed,  approved or rejected. This video game art book sums up the company's 40 years of creation and history.

It will take all the Atari lovers on a nostalgic trip. With the best writing and visual details, this book serves as the perfect coffee table book. Whether you're an Atari lover or not, the glossy and colorful pages will amuse and entice you.

This book includes:

  • Bio's of the artists.
  • History of the Atari consoles.
  • Details from the artists.
  • Industrial design art of the model.
  • Behind the scene information and pics.
  • Approved and disapproved of ideas.
  • Unpublished Atari concepts.

The Art of God of War
Author: Sony Interactive Entertainment,Santa Monica Studios
Published at: 24/04/2018
ISBN: 150670574X

Dark Horse Books and Santa Monica studio presented this fantastic book that wonderfully captures behind the scene moments of the action-adventure mythology-based video game God of War.

The quality companion book is loaded with great illustrations and mesmerizing artwork that will give great insight into the stunning visuals and the production of the game. Collector, artist, God of war fan or a video game lover all will love to have a copy of this alluring book.

This book includes:

  • 3D artwork.
  • Weapon design.
  • Quality concept art.
  • Background stories.
  • Characters design.
  • Environments artwork.

An Illustrated History of 151 Video Games: A detailed guide to the most important games; explores five decades of game evolution
Author: Simon Parkin
Published at: 07/01/2014
ISBN: 0754823903

An illustrated History of 151 Video Games is a very informative book for video game lovers, as it covers the history of the most iconic games of the last five decades.

This video game art book follows a chronological order. Each game story is represented with lots of colorful pictures, screenshots, and quotes that any gamer of the early era will feel nostalgic.

This book includes:

  • Expert analysis of the story.
  • Information about where the game can be played today.
  • video game evolution of the last 5 decades.
  • Colorful shiny pics and screenshots of your favorite games.
  • Backstories on development.
  • History of the consoles.
  • Reviews of the popular games of that time.

Marvel's Spider-Man: The Art of the Game
Author: Paul Davies
Published at: 11/09/2018
ISBN: 1785657968

A book that amazingly compliments the action-adventure game, Marvel's Spider-Man. The book is broken down into 3 sections (city of hope, city of fear, city of war), each illustrating the exclusive art, story, and elements of the game.

Packed with colorful images of the main characters, villains, gadgets, equipment, and locations; this companion piece will be loved by the spider-man game lover.

This book includes:

  • Character introduction.
  • Information about the development of the game.
  • Cool design and pictures.
  • Insight from the developers.
  • Blueprints and sketches.
  • Fantastic artwork.
  • Captures of in-game action.

The Art of Ratchet & Clank
Author: Sony Computer Entertainment
Published at: 24/07/2018
ISBN: 1506705723

A quality art book for the fan of action platformer shooter game series; Ratchet & Clank. The book contains the art and the history of the game, where the galaxy's most lovable game heroes travel the universe and fight the evil.

The concept and use of unique and exotic weapons make the game so fantastic, and this book portrayed and highlighted all the small details of the game with shiny and glossy exclusive art.

This book includes:

  • Unpublished ideas.
  • Step by step game development.
  • Concept art.
  • Sketches.
  • Unique weapons and gadgets details.
  • Exclusive colorful high-quality pictures.

Designing Creatures and Characters: How to Build an Artist's Portfolio for Video Games, Film, Animation and More
Author: Marc Taro Holmes
Published at: 12/10/2016
ISBN: 1440344094

A self-study guide book that gives classroom experience at home and teaches character drawing for video games or film and animations. This book is suitable for skilled artists to fuel up their imaginations. It will push the imaginative boundary and give a new angle to think.

To keep the artist focused and motivated, it follows a game reward system and throws new challenges and achievements to unlock. With this book, you may learn to draw and design new concept art and fuse your own creativity with amazing techniques.

This book includes:

  • Exercises and achievements to unlock.
  • High-quality drawings and images.
  • Instructional guidance.
  • Sketches of imaginative creatures.
  • Professional tips.
  • Concept design ideas and techniques.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider The Official Art Book
Author: Paul Davies,Martin Dubeau
Published at: 18/09/2018
ISBN: 1785659499

Experience Lara Croft's journey as she faces new troubles and obstacles with this exclusive artbook that accumulates concept art of the action-adventure game; Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

It is a quality companion art book with thick hardcover and glossy pictures that makes you believe you are on an adventure with Lara Croft. The book allows you to have insight into the game. Any Tomb Raider series fan will be thrilled and mesmerized with this artbook.

This book includes:

  • High-resolution pictures of the characters, weapons, and locations.
  • Exclusive concept art.
  • Developers interview.
  • Dust jacket.
  • DLC code.
  • Short description of each aspect.
  • Lara's evolution.
  • Character design.
  • Environment design.
  • Jungle creatures design with details.

Pokémon Adventures 20th Anniversary Illustration Book: The Art of Pokémon Adventures (Pokemon)
Author: Satoshi Yamamoto
Published at: 08/08/2017
ISBN: 142159451X

This comprehensive book provides full-color illustrations and artwork of your favorite Pokemon series inspired by the best selling Pokemon video games.

A very good book for Pokemon fans that is also very effective as, self-thought art study book for practicing Pokemon characters.

This book includes:

  • Concept art.
  • Exclusive sketches.
  • Four big sized fold-out removable pictures.
  • Manga short stories.
  • Glossy dust jacket.

The Art of Alice: Madness Returns
Author: American McGee
Published at: 26/04/2011
ISBN: 1595826971

After the blockbuster success of Alice American McGee recreated dark fantasy with a new sequel, Alice: Madness Returns. And this book contains the haunting artwork of this thrilling psychological horror action-adventure platform video game.

From beginning to end, this book wonderfully highlighted the artistic visions with great detail. With every page, learn about a new twist and surprise yourself by taking a fantastic tour of American McGee's imaginations and ideas. 

This book includes:

  • High-quality pictures.
  • Little captions explaining Characters, design, and stories.
  • Information about props, designs, weapons.
  • Insight about development.
  • Visual art of the game.
  • Artistic details.
  • Discarded ideas.
  • Changing landscapes.

The Art of Bioshock Infinite
Author: Julian Murdoch
Published at: 26/03/2013
ISBN: 1595829946

Take a good behind the scene look with this amazing art book; The Art of Bioshock Infinite. If you are a huge Bio shock series fan then this book will not disappoint you because it has a lot of designs and concepts that never made into the game.

Take a tour at the development of the game and get an insight into the actual making process. The artbook includes character design, environment art, discarded art, early ideas and so much more. With some pages, it adds commentary and hand-written texts that give more insight into the making of the game.

Filled with high-quality art, this book is perfect for a fan or a collector of art books. 

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