Sarah Eitelberg

Dragon Girl and Monkey King the Art of Katsuya Terada

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Not many creators can be talented enough to be considered an artist’s artist. An artist so amazing and awe inspiring that other artists can’t help but admire him! Katsuya Terada’s art style is admired by some of the greats and inspiring for us common folk.

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Dragon Girl + Monkey King: The Art of Katsuya Terada
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Foreword by: Guillermo del Toro
Release date: July 23, 2014

Make sure a copy of this wonderful art book, Dragon Girl and Monkey King: The Art of Katsuya Terada HC, lands on your bookshelf!

Katsuya Terada is a Japanese illustrator and cartoonist with an impressive and diverse list of published works. Most recognizable, at least here in the US is from the anime movie Blood: the Last Vampire. His style is very prominent in the movie as seen in the Blood pieces in this book. American comics such as Iron Man and Hellboy have also been graced by his presence. Even renowned director Guillermo del Toro is one of Terada’s many famous fans, even writting the introduction for this stellar art book!  Video game world and character designs in some older generation video games, including Legend of Zelda, are added to the list of this jack of all trades!

I love the way Terada draws the ladies. Hauntingly beautiful with a dangerous edge to them that you can’t seem to put your finger on, but know you wouldn’t want to piss her off. All of his pieces seem to have a touch of surrealism to them and while some have a bit more than others, and mind alternating substances aren’t required to enjoy. The amount of detail in each picture are astounding, you could look through them multiple times and discover something new each time! While all of Terada’s work in this book was just fantastic, I think the last part of the book is the best. A handful of pictures from the book are brought back up with commentaty from this amazing artist. Many are for us American readers who don’t recognize some of the characters or concepts from Japanese media, which I think helps you appreciate this fantastic art even more! If you haven’t heard of this fantastic artist (like me) this book is a great introduction to Katsuya Terada’s works!

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