The Art of As­sas­sin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

This book of con­cept art is a real chest of se­cret trea­sures.

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Au­thor Paul Davies Pub­lisher Ti­tan Books Price £30 Web www.ti­tan­ 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’.

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