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Shovel Knight Artbook - Available Now!

Posted by Yacht Club Games (Creator)

Hello again, Knight-a-rinos! Today’s update is all about closing the book on Shovel Knight's artbook!


We wanted to take every measure to make this artbook a celebration of Shovel Knight’s development and we couldn’t be happier with the results! Thanks for bearing with us while we figured out every last detail in this knightly compendium!

We’ve had the pleasure of working with UDON Entertainment who is best-known as a publisher of original and translated art books, graphic novels, and manga! UDON has worked very closely with us to ensure that Shovel Knight: Official Design Works is every bit the definitive Shovel Knight art book that fans deserve. Within its pages you’ll find character art, developer commentary, rough illustrations and concept art, background development images, comprehensive sprite sheets, full-page promotional illustrations, and more – including an exclusive interview with the team! It was a ton of fun to recall our processes and problems with crafting each of the characters and worlds in Shovel Knight, and we’re proud to finally share it with all of you! 

Let’s dig in to the release particulars:

Digital Art Collection...OUT NOW!

($25 Backers and above)

Rev up those monitors because it sure is time to see art! You can redeem your digital artbook now through Humble Bundle, the same way you obtained your copy of Shovel Knight... but it’s been quite a while since then, huh?

If you previously created a Humble Bundle account: 

  • Log In to Humble Bundle
  • Go to your Library
  • On the left-side pane, select Shovel Knight: Digital Art Collection
  • Redeem it here

If you did not create a Humble Bundle account: 

  • Find the original Shovel Knight release email in your inbox -or- enter your email into the Humble Order Resender
  • Follow the email link to go to your Claim Order Page
  • Select Shovel Knight: Digital Art Collection
  • Redeem it here

Softcover Official Design Works Artbook...ON ITS WAY!

($300 Backers and Above)
When it comes to physical goods, there’s always a chance for last minute delays! Thankfully, we believe these are all out of the way for good. We finally have every softcover artbook in hand, and will be sending them out to your updated addresses today! Sit tight, and this art-packed parcel should arrive on your doorstep in the coming weeks (along with a small surprise). Thanks to UDON, this physical version contains additional bonus sections containing sprites, interviews (with us, oh boy!), and a tribute gallery from artists around the world!

Hardcover Official Design Works Artbook...IN BINDING!

($500 Backers and above)
Woah, speaking of delays! We’ve never made a hardcover book before, but that’s why we’re working with experts! These extra steps require extra time but we promise the results will be more than worthwhile. This one-of-a-kind, deluxe hardcover edition won’t exist anywhere else but in yours and ours personal collection. Display it fondly, treat it with care, show your friends, admire its stalwart durability, and most of all... enjoy!

I Want An Artbook!  

We want you to have an artbook! Since it’s debut, many backers have asked if they can pick up a copy. Since we partnered with UDON Entertainment to make this really real, we’re happy to say that the softcover Shovel Knight: Official Design Works can also be obtained online (via Amazon or Barnes & Noble) and even in stores/comic book shops. 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at:

King Me! 

Development on the latest wacky adventure in the Shovel Knight saga is going strong! New King of Cards story, worlds, objects, levels, and more are coming into focus everyday! We'll continue to post big updates here but you can follow along with us in a number of ways: - Our biggest and most official announcements!  
Twitter - Animation previews, stream announcements, small updates, and more!  
Twitch - Watch us make the game in real time! These last few weeks we’ve streamed level design, illustrations, and enemy programming! Stop on by and say hello.

Until next time!


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    1. mrfatso ~ Defender of The Goat on

      huh? I click on redeem and i didnt encounter any redemption code.

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      Matthew Campagna on

      So, the digital art book is only available for online viewing via Comixology? That's a bit crap. At least, can you add a Backup so that the book becomes downloadable?

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      Neo on

      This is awesome stuff for gamers and game designers. But... but what about GOG? I want to add this awesome artbook to my GOG account. Please - make this happen! :)

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      Tabari Durham on

      I backed this game over 4 years ago, and you guys are still going strong with the Kickstarter updates. I haven't logged into this website for years, and you all still update us backers, and email us with everything you promised us so long ago. Even after the game is done and some of the DLC is out, you all still put 100% into every little extra thing that has to do with Shovel Knight. It makes me proud that this is one of two of the only projects I have ever backed on Kickstarter. Kudos to you guys for always striving for excellence, and showing us backers that you never forgot who made this possible. It really does make a world of a difference when you show that you care. I may not post another comment for a few years or so, but just know from one fan to Yacht Club, you guys are amazing. Can't wait to see what you guys make next. Keep Shoveling Yacht Club.

      (P.S. I will never live down not backing at a higher tier to be featured in the Hall of Champions. If I had known you guys were going to put faces into the game like that, I wouldn't have hesitated!)

    5. Yacht Club Games Creator on

      Quick update to the steps above: A potentially easier way to locate your key on Humble is to go to the keys page( ) and search for "Shovel".

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      Sean Lane on

      Awesome, thank you guys!