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Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) Hardcover – 13 Dec 2013

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (13 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007487274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007487271
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 2.1 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This beautifully presented book… is a lovely treat for fans’ The Sun

‘Whatever your thoughts on [the film] there’s no denying the attention to detail invested by Weta Workshop… and the amazing images on display in new book The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Chronicles” SciFi Now

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Daniel Falconer has been a designer at Weta Workshop for more than fifteen years, working on high profile projects such as The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar and The Hobbit.
Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility servicing the world's entertainment and creative industries.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
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Wow. Wow. Wow. That's one "Wow" for each of the Hobbit artbooks that were published so far.

This artbook is still hardcover, 208 pages, and is as detailed and packed as the earlier Hobbit Chronicles books.

Featured in this particular book are the environment, props, character and creature designs. It's predominantly hand drawn plus digital painting art with some 3D renders, and a few photos of miniature props. The art is fantastic.

Covered, of course, are the locations as they appear in the film, such as Mirkwood, the Elven kingdom, Lake-town and the others. The designs are wonderful and really set the tone for the movies.

Character art are for the new characters, such as Beorn, Evangeline Lilly's Tauriel, Legolas, the many orcs, creatures like the spiders and other miscellaneous characters of which there are a lot. Strangely, there are only a few pages of art for Smaug the dragon.

You'll see quite of a lot of pencil sketched concept art from Alan Lee and John Howe, who are both concept art directors for the film. The other contributing artists are also quite amazing as to the quality of work they are putting out. It's nice to see a good mix of pencil and coloured artworks.

This is mostly a showcase of the concept artworks of Weta Workshop and 3 Foot 7 Art Department. The environment and character designs are from Weta, while the sets, props and dressings are from 3 Foot 7.

The writeup is also very extensive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jolly Roger on 22 April 2014
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For anyone that can't bring themselves to read the lengthy reviews of others I supply this condensed version: Quite simply an amazing artbook, perfect for Lord of the Rings fans and lovers of fantasy artwork, and very, VERY much worth the price. For those who'd like to read more, read on...

Anyone who has already bought a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit artbook will already know both the quality and style of this book. While I maintain that I would have preferred the books to be portrait format rather than landscape, so as to better fit in with my other books, I must admit that the Hobbit artbooks do look very nice.

As to the interior I was more than pleased when I first flicked through the pages. As ever there are the stunning location designs; moody forests, soaring mountains and towns and villages that frankly make you want to pack your things and move there this afternoon. Gus Hunter's image of the Ancient Dale is easily worthy of gracing anyone's living room wall, right next to Eduardo Pena's picture of the same. What I'm saying is that there isn't just rough design work, as you'd expect from concept art books, but gallery-quality art too.

The Orcs get a nice section to themselves this time around as there are three characters in particular that play a major part in the film. Once more the designs show a lot of thought and consideration behind why the Orcs would dress the way they do or have what they have. At the heart of it I would say it's this fact which gives the work from Weta's art department so much life and realism. Things have a reason for being there, not just because they look cool, but because there's a history and a story to everything.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Charlie-CJ HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2013
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This is the official book of the art and design of the second The Hobbit movie 'The desolation of Smaug'. It follows from the first book Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). I bought this book for my 17 year old son, who being dyslexic doesn't read books, but loves drawing, dragons and art/comic books (mostly Manga ones) - he also loved the first Hobbit movie. This hard back book is very well presented and well bound with the little bits of cotton on the spine with good quality shiny paper pages, plus it's very substantial at 12" x 10" x 3/4". The book is the art work used to create the sets, characters, costumes and creatures in the movie, and it has over 1,000 coloured drawings and B&W sketches. There's also some interesting text discussing the pictures, but mostly the pages are filled with pretty illustrations. These were most likely specially commissioned with an eye for the book as much as setting the style for the movie, as they are of such high quality. The chapters include: Beorns house, Beorn & his props, Lost in the forest of Mirkwood (flies & spiders), Mirkwood Elf Hunters, Thranduils Halls & Throne Room, The Woodland Realm, Lake-town & its props, Ancient Dale, The coming of Smaug, The lonely Mountain, The Hill of Sorcery, Inside Dol Guldur, and Erebor - Smaug's lair. I've posted a few example pages from the book under customer images.

I particularly liked the drawings of the houses and the towns (not so sure about the rather realistic giant spiders though). All the costumes are typical gothic/wizard fantasy outfits, but none the worse for that.
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