The colors in this book are so vibrant, it’s really a treat for the eyes. Iroiro by Kato Kazue is 150 pages brimming with color, energy and personality. Thankfully the whitespace is kept to a minimum and the layouts show off the artwork instead of the book design.
The detail in Kazue Kato's art that has always drawn me in are the droopy eyes, I don't know why but I locve them and the way she lays out a face. The more I look through this art book the more I appreciate her work overall, every page is filled with magic, dynamic movement, clothing detail and gorgeous, rich color and variety of lighting choices. Iroiro mostly features Blue Exorcist but also treats us to "Robo and Usa Yoshi" (her debut manga), "Hoshiota" (the one shot that preceded Blue Exorcist go read it) and "Human Wolf ~ Play of Mephisto. The personalities of her characters are well showcased in this clean, compact and well designed softcover Japanese book full of everything from dynamic spreads, to character design, spot illustrations and sketches. The 10.5 x 7.1 size is referred to as a “large format” but I think it could have benefitted from being an a4 but the compact size works well enough.
I'll be honest though, I like to stuff my snout deep into the pages of these art books so I can absorb the strokes and details. If this is large format, I’d hate to see the small or regular size, maybe it's a Japanese publishing thing? Regardless, the images in this book are given the freedom of full pages and are great for getting up close and studying. Absorbing and experimenting with other artists work is a great way to help your own style grow and develop as you integrate the ideas.
Somehow, before opening this book, I never realized her work was mostly digital, but going through it I feel more and more inspired. I want to try out her coloring and lighting style. Maybe if I checked the artists comment's in the...oh wait.
What the devil?
I'd like to know more
Should I buy?
In a word, yes. This book is beautiful and a must have. If a translated version is never released, the text is such a small part of the book that, it really doesn’t matter. If you can get hold of a Japanese copy I would, there is much to enjoy!