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80 Level Ratings: Top-Drawer Artbooks

We've studied reviews and user ratings to prepare a list of top-rated artbooks for our fellow art lovers.

1.The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts by Dark Horse Books

Rating: "4.9", Based on 3307 Reviews.

The first artbook of our Top 10 contains over four hundred pages of fully realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda. Every picture is printed on high-quality paper in an oversized format so you can immerse yourself in the fine details of each piece.

This book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and more.

2. Rick Baker: Metamorphosis by Cameron Books

Rick Baker’s special effects, makeup, and prosthetics count among some of Hollywood’s most enduring legacies, so if you are really into character art, you should definitely check this artbook out.

Rick Baker’s special effects, makeup, and prosthetics count among some of Hollywood’s most enduring legacies, so if you are really into character art, you should definitely check this artbook out.

3. Mega Man Battle Network: Official Complete Works Hardcover by Udon Entertainment

Rating: "5", Based on 261 Reviews

The next artbook we selected for the Top is dedicated to the long-lasting Mega Man series. Mega Man Battle Network: Official Complete Works collects the unique artwork of the series and is filled with character designs, concept sketches, location artwork, key visuals, item charts, creator interviews, and more.

It is an absolute must-have for every fan of the series and can be a useful go-to book for aspiring artists and even industry professionals.

4. They Drew As They Pleased Vol 4: The Hidden Art of Disney's Mid-Century Era by Chronicle Books

Rating: "4.9", Based on 194 Reviews

In the fourth place, we have an artbook for all the Disney fans out there. The 1950s and 1960s at The Walt Disney Studios marked unprecedented stylistic directions brought on by the mid-century modern and graphic sensibilities of a new wave of artists.

This volume explores the contributions of these artists with special emphasis on the art of Lee Blair, Mary Blair, Tom Oreb, John Dunn, and Walt Peregoy. It includes never-before-seen images from Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Sleeping Beauty.

5. They Drew as They Pleased Vol 5: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Early Renaissance by Chronicle Books

Rating: "4,9", Based on 171 Reviews

Halfway through our top, we have another volume about Disney's history. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Disney animation studio redefined its creative vision in the wake of Walt Disney's death.

This latest volume from renowned Disney historian Didier Ghez is dedicated to Ken Anderson and Mel Shaw, whose work defined beloved classic Disney characters from films like The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, and The Rescuers.

6. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons by Disney Editions

Rating: "5", Based on 147 Reviews

For anyone interested in Disney origin or fascinated by early cinema, this artbook will be a treat. Oswald was one of the first children of Walt Disney. At the end of the initial 26-episodes-long run, Walt lost the contract to Oswald, which prompted the creation of Mickey Mouse.

For many years Oswald was considered to be left on the side of the road of history, until 2006, when The Walt Disney Company recovered rights to Walt's twenty-six shorts.

The artbook contains some behind-the-scenes information and covers the complexities of development behind Oswald cartoons.

7. Family Traits: The Fantastic Bestiary of a Father and his Sons by Udon Entertainment

Rating: "5", Based on 123 Reviews

Discover the boundless creativity of a family passionate about artwork, as animator Thomas Romain adapts the drawings of his two young sons into beautiful watercolor illustrations.

Family Traits features dozens of original character designs, creative commentary from both father & sons, rough concepts, bonus illustrations, and more. A perfect artbook for beginning artists. 

8. NieR: Automata World Guide And Artbook by Square Enix

Rating: "5", Based on 15 Reviews

On the eighth place of our Top, we have an artbook for NieR: Automata fans. It contains artworks of the Nier world and concept art for all the areas of the game.

What's more, it will include two novels by Emi Nagashima, comments by director Yoko Taro, and a world map for navigation.

9. Persona 5 Official Setting Art Book by Kadokawa Shoten

Rating: "5", Based on 7 Reviews

Whether you are a fan of the Persona series, enjoy the aesthetics, or just want to have a nice artbook, the ninth installment of our Top will be just for you.

You can learn some behind-the-scenes information about Persona 5, read some unrevealed information, and check out the initial settings of the characters, rough pictures, drafts, etc. This artbook is very useful for illustrators and beginning artists.

10. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Art Of The Revolution - Western Memories by Square Enix

Rating: "5", Based on 2 Reviews

And lastly, in the final place of our Top 10, we have an artbook dedicated to Final Fantasy XIV. In this book, a total of about 800 pieces of art, such as image art and character settings can be found.

Also, you will be able to read some of the commentaries by the art team. A good artbook for any artist to read and a perfect present for the fans of the series.

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