Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Project Spotlight: 'The Monster Volume' by CreatureBox

Watching artists and character designers at work is really an amazing thing, especially in sketchbooks and art books.  It's imagination completely unfiltered, unfettered by story or deadlines or any other interference.  Of course, it's also cool to see designs from movies, comics, and video games and see their progression from sketch to finished project.  And when you've got artists who are clearly professionals, as Dave Guertin and Greg Baldwin of CreatureBox are (they worked on the hit video game series Ratchet and Clank after all) you know you'll get quality as well as creativity.  After a series of smaller sketchbooks, the guys at CreatureBox are gearing up to release their premium art book, The Monster Volume.

The Monster Volume will contain the best of Guertin and Baldwin's original designs.  If you haven't already, check out their Kickstarter video or their website to see some of their stuff.  You'll fall in love with it.  There isn't really much to say about what will be included in the book that isn't better served with you just looking at their work, so I'll cut this short and leave you to adoring.

If you just want to see CreatureBox's old work, you can get PDF versions, but The Monster Volume will feature all new content.  Higher tiers include cool extras like prints, sketch cards, and slipcases.  One of the cooler rewards has copies donated to school libraries, which is sure to inspire an whole new generation of artists and creators. The highest rewards are custom sketches and a Skype session with the guys, which is totally awesome.  Additionally, thanks to exceeding their goal, backers can download time-lapse videos of CreatureBox in action.

The characters from the guys at CreatureBox are colorful, inventive, and fun.  If you've ever checked out their commercial work - or even if you haven't - now is the perfect time to see their skills with The Monster Volume.

Update: It's been brought to my attention (by the nice guys at CreatureBox, actually!) that my post might might have been a tad misleading.  The Monster Volume has new content and "remastered versions of the original sketchbooks" but won't be completely new material.  Not that you would have been disappointed in the final product either way, of course, but it's a good point of clarification.  Thanks guys!

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