Shigeki Maeshima's first illustration collection, titled SERENDIPTY covers a multitude of works from the currently popular Tatakau Shisho The Book of Bantorra to Magna Carta and even Lineage. With an art style reminiscient of Yamamoto Yamato of Kure-nai fame and a master of that mix between beauty and the beast, Shigeki Maeshima's heroines are not frail little girls. They are deadly beautiful women, armed with sexy pouts, curves, and oftentimes actual weapons ^^
SERENDIPITY Shigeki Maeshima Illustrations features new art work from Tatakau Shisho The Book of Bantorra for the cover along with 3 other new illustrations inside. The slip-cover of this 96 page, A4 sized collection is done in a canvas style texture, so I was glad to see the cover art reprinted inside.
All of the new illustrations done for this art book are from Tatakau Shisho The Book of Bantorra. Three are portrait style illustrations of the leading ladies, and one is a two page spread featuring Hamutz Meseta and Milepoch at a bar in impossible-to-wear cocktail dresses.
As you might expect, Tatakau Shisho The Book of Bantorra is the meatiest portion of this collection, covering the first 40 pages of this art book. The illustrations are well-presented with most receiving a full page or two-page spread. There are a few pages where images are arranged two to three per page, but even then the arrangement keeps them well sized to at least half a page. It's nice to see plenty of cover art works included as well.
I was quite surprised to see characters from Magna Carta in here too, with four illustrations over two pages. Shigeki Maeshima can really emulate Hyung-tae Kim's style, especially in the coloring. The next few pages feature a number of fantasy themed art works along with some sci-fi-styled illustrations from various one-shot covers.
One of my favorites from this book, it was just begging to be singled out ^^ Apparently it's from the cover of a light novel called Mushinin.
I did hope to see more DRAGONFLY illustrations in this art book, but in the end there were only a couple. But, had I really thought this through, I would have considered that a full color comic doesn't really need to be in an art book...
I did have high expectations from the onset for SERENDIPITY Shigeki Maeshima Illustrations, because I know the kind of art work that Shigeki Maeshima is capable of creating. And this really lived up to my expectations both in presentation and art work selection.
- Title: SERENDIPITY Shigeki Maeshima Illustrations
- タイトル: SERENDIPITY 前嶋重機画集
- Pages: 96
- Release date: 03/25/2010
- Buy: Amazon Japan