well, if you can, print them in both style... with poems and without..
to tell the truth, i dont read poems and such in artbooks, but i definitely read the artists comments on the work and info.. but i prefer it better when there is no writing at all.. other than that I look at the artwork, admire and get inspired.
hey i just thought.. i had bought a Naruto artbook, and it had no text on the pages, but at the end of the book, on seperate pages, it had description of the images.. maybe it might work that way too?
personally what i like to see in a complete peice of artwork, is a high definition version of the picture, standard with an art book, an in story write up; some sort of prose, or poem or whatnot that adds a 4th demension to the peice. an out of story write up, a small section where the artist describes how he/she feels about the art, what inspired it, what made them draw it the way that they did, etc. and if possible a step by step process. with all of these combined, you can easily build up to 10 pages with one picture. but the reason why i like all of these together, is because it adds more depth. when looking through books of just illustrations, i find myself often times distracted, but when you mix all of them together, the reader (as in I) feels more surrounded by the piece and doesnt feel like there was something left out.
About the poems and such... Maybe you could have to seperate books in a set? One is a reference book with the poems and a sketch of the picture you're documenting and the second book containing the actual illustrations?
Hey if you're considering publishing an art book, I'd recommend textured paper. I really think that matt paper would make your art standout well, because the way you colour is very glossy, and maybe glossy paper wouldn't do your art justice.
Also, try to make the artbook with an original binding style - I dislike artbooks where one has to stretch the pages out to see detail on the sides. Maybe a binder style book would be good? That way, you can see every detail on the sides. Also, the reader has to be more cautious when flipping the pages, which means they flip slower and are able to appreciate the art more.
Finally, try to make the artbook at least A4 size! Your art is so wonderful, it deserve B4.
i collect art books, and writings are coo, but its the art really, also people view things differently when they read something, something you might have felt, someone else might not, and they might not view the image the same? i say lay it out with your works, concepts, ideas, profile etc etc, even tips and influences, kinda like a behind the scenes on the prcess of one of your works? i'd buy it and i think most people, keep up the great work btw