The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
This book of concept art is a real chest of secret treasures.
Author Paul Davies Publisher Titan Books Price £30 Web www.titanbooks.com Available Now
Aaargh! ’Tis a fine book. Sorry, we were just getting into character there after flicking through the feisty, fiery pages of this cutlass-sporting tome. Of course, it’s a behind-thescenes look at the artwork of the latest in the Assassin’s Creed series, but the truth is, if you love pirates, you’ll love this.
From the terrifying depiction of Blackbeard by ImagineFX favourite Raphael Lacoste, to the captivating environments by Grant Hillier, there’s some stunning concept art from some of the world’s best within this luxury title. The map on the inside front and the metallic skull with spot varnish hiding under the cover add to the luxury, although it should do for £30.
Interesting historical info starts the chapters and the book takes a captionled approach, which enables the artwork to breathe and gives you some short, punchy quotes from the artists. However, we’d like a little more information in some areas. Elsewhere you’ll find some detailed ship and weapon designs, and it’s always a pleasure to see Kobe Sek’s expressive concepts. Whether you’re a fan of the game or not, it’s a masterclass in game art. If you’re an Assassin’s Creed fan, it’ll be a doubly brilliant purchase.
Martin Deschambault explains how scenes such as this require film-style ‘takes’.