What is your favourite art book?

I am a big fan of art books. Personally, I prefer if the content is made up mostly of concepts, work-in-progress, behind-the-scenes material etc. – not so much the explanatory texts that are sometimes added. I have seen some really great art books for both movies and games. My favourite one must be either for Into the Spiderverse or the one for Diablo 3.

I thought it could be something interesting to share here – among likeminded VFX artists.

What is your favourite art book?


i highly recommend monster hunter world

although Im not sure if this is published only in japanese.
the amount of concepts they put into this thicc book is honestly biblical

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Elemental Magic by Joseph Gilland! He’s an old school cartoon fx animator and his book breaks down the principles of all elements and how energy affects the way they behave. A great read for its ideas and an excellent reference book for frame by frame animations, tons of great pictures to look through.


It’s one I’ve only seen in a movie :stuck_out_tongue:

The art bible they made for Jodorowsky’s Dune (a movie that was never made)

Check out the documentary: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935156/

You’ll be blown away by the artists involved in that (you’ve heard of some, surely).

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I’ll second LimaBean on the books by Joseph Gilland. He wrote 2 of them.
Elemental Magic and Elemental Magic Vol. 2. Both are insightful for real time vfx.

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