Bringing this back thread back!
FINAL FANTASY: THE SKY
I talked previously about how I wanted the Final Fantasy: The Sky art book well, it turned out my local GAME had one even before Amazon stocked them, needless to say I jumped in line and launched for it.
It's just such a lovely boxsets words just cannot describe the value you got for this collection. I don't care if it is not an original edition, the quality of this release is second to none. Here is a photo next to a PS2 game just so you can get an idea of the scale of these books.
There are 3 books overall in this set, Book 1 - Final Fantasy I,II & III. Book 2, which covers Final Fantasy IV, V & VI. Then Book 3 which covers VII, VIII, IX & X. Book 2 is the biggest book by far, I was a little disheartened to see that book 3 was the smallest, but when you consider how Amano wasn't as involved in them games as heavily as the earlier titles it backs sense.
So to keep in theme with the thread, I will be picking my favourite illustration from the book... Good thing there are 3 books this time
Final Fantasy Book 1 - I, II & III:
This is piece for Final Fantasy II, it reminds me of them Star Wars posters which have a collage arrangement. The characters aren't all in proportion but it uses the size to dramatic effect - The Villain being large and hovering over the characters for example. I like the purple colour scheme but what really interests me is the detail, there are just so many things going on from bombs, to stars and boats on the sea. I just find it interesting to look around. I have yet to even play Final Fantasy II yet, I have a PSP version and should really work on that.
Final Fantasy Book 2 - IV, V & VI:
I really wanted to choose something from VI as it is my favourite game of the 3 by far, but I just love the design of this airship! It's just so colourful and wild. I like how it looks like a surreal zeppelin, with so many compartments that look like they could be airships on their own. Also, not how even though this image is spread over two pages and none of the detail is lost in-between - This is a sign of a well designed book!
Final Fantasy Book 3 - VII, VIII, IX & X:
While this might not be my favourite illustration in the book, it really took me by surprise, by now I had seen most of the art work for these games by years of research but I have never seen this piece before looking in The Sky. What I love about it is how the setting the cast around a camp fire in the woods. It shows my favourite aspect of JRPG's that sense of being part of a team on an adventure.
I love this book to bits, I have wanted a Final Fantasy Art Book for years and while I was content with the Final Fantasy IX one I got last year this is just beyond what I could ever hope for. If you are a Final Fantasy fan you must have this or even if you appreciate video game art you'll be challenged to find better value for money than this boxset.