Water – Takehiko Inoue Vagabond Art Book Review

Posted By blauereiter der on November 5th, 2012

The recent release of Inoue-san’s much anticipated Vagabond no.34 had me remember that I’ve yet to review his 2 art books Water and Sumi – something I’ve put off long enough I think.

Water is a splendid collection of the renowned manga artist’s illustrations from his Vagabond series, executed primarily using watercolors. I’ve always been partial to this medium ( as compared to say, acrylic ) for its subtlety and gentle touch. The watercolor works of Miyazaki-san comes to mind as well.

More often than not art books cramp every available real estate to maximize the use of available space, but Inoue-san lavishes his subjects with plenty of empty space to breathe, singling out the subjects for easier appreciation. This balance of empty “canvas” space was used to great effect during his incredibly successful The LAST Manga Exhibition, where he dedicated large areas of wall space against his painted subjects. That was one of the most amazing exhibitions I’ve ever had the fortune of attending.

The book is pure art work from cover to cover and contains no pages of text whatsoever. Very highly recommended.

I’ll review his other art book Sumi (Ink) in the coming week.

“Water – Takehiko Inoue Vagabond” artbook details :

- Dimensions – 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
- Softcover with jacket, 157 pages
- Full color (watercolor)

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2 Responses to “Water – Takehiko Inoue Vagabond Art Book Review”


Inoue is always one of those artists who i thought was fantastic, but i have never cared for his comics, or even some of his interior art in his comics, but when he just paints with ink or watercolor i can’t get enough of him. i have picked up all of his Brutus or Switch magazine so far, and getting this book was a no-brainer for me. also highly recommended if you are a fan of his work in any capacity.


Zack – It will be interesting to see what project he takes on when Vagabond is finally complete.

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