Preorder - Shipping in February 2023
"I think that the age-old classic symbol of balance, the yin and yang, good against evil, light on the opposite side of darkness, and so on has a lot of meaning in storytelling and also in life. It is something that is fundamental in how we navigate and survive in the world. Abominations already touched on that subject and were blurring the line of where a character can settle on that spectrum. With this book, ORO, I wanted to explore that notion in a character or monsters. Will an inherently good character have an evil side to it? Is a character that is pure of heart a weakness in a world of brutality or is a ruthless destroyer actually a creator of something positive? Oro is a place of violence, greed, love, hate, heroism, and betrayal but most of all the chaotic balance and nature of the duality of that what lies underneath the surface."
Björn Hurri on ORO
Björn Hurri is an award-winning concept artist and art director. He has worked for all major publishers and with over 100+ titles (among them games like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Alien Isolation, God of War 4, Dishonored, League of Legends, and many more). He has also been teaching artists since 2008 and he taught a highly popular character design class at CG Master Academy. Björn has shared his knowledge in lectures and demos at 15+ workshops and events in multiple countries and to thousands of people.
Aside from all this, he is cultivating a community under the banner of 30min Warmup where he is teaching his approaches every morning as well as on his Discord server. He runs the popular art challenge called Unreal Björnament. Björn and his family live in Latvia. He is often invited to international events for lectures and portfolio reviews and is engaging in a lot of community-driven activities.
His first artbook, Abominations, was a great success! For this next book, Björn has decided to take us deeper into his mind. ORO is special: it is actually two books in one. You can just turn the book around and continue to explore the universe of ORO. Each of the two sides and covers acts as a gateway to the realms of the light or the realms of the dark. The two universes meeting in the middle of the book...
Björn Hurri's ORO is the same format as Abominations, so that both books look as beautiful on your bookshelf as in your hands! It is 210 x 210 mm (8,3 inches) hardcover book with 248 pages of content, printed on 150gsm Arctic Volume.
A premium edition of ORO, only available during the run of the campaign, with silver ornament on both covers, silver edges, a silver spine as well as a bookplate signed by Björn Hurri, is available right here! A set of playing card and a Swag Pack composed of bookmarks, A5 and A5 prints as well as an A2 poster are also available through he campaign.
Please note that if you buy a preorder and an "available item" together, your order will not be shipped until the preordered item is released. If you want to get the books that are already available, the best way is to place two separate orders.