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The Art of Discworld (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Hardcover]

Paul Kidby
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30 Sep 2004 GOLLANCZ S.F.

In THE ART OF DISCWORLD, Terry Pratchett takes us on a guided tour of the Discworld, courtesy of his favourite Discworld artist, Paul Kidby. Following on from THE LAST HERO, THE ART OF DISCWORLD is a lavish 112-page large format, sumptuously illustrated look at all things Discworldian. Terry Pratchett provides the written descriptions while Paul Kidby illustrates the world that has made Pratchett one of the best-selling authors of all time. Here you will find favourites old and new: the City Watch, including Vimes, Carrot and Angua, the three witches - Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick - and the denizens of the Unseen University Library, not forgetting the Librarian, of course: they're all here in sumptuous colour, together with the places: Ankh-Morpork, Lancre, Uberwald and more . . .

No Discworld fan will want to be without this beautiful gift book.



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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (30 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575075112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575075115
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 24.8 x 29.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sumptuous illustrated journey through Terry Pratchett¿s DISCWORLD; a companion volume to THE LAST HERO

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Terry Pratchett lives in Wiltshire. Paul Kidby, who also lives in Wiltshire, is now established as the most popular Discworld artist.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A graphic feast 19 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
I thought of taking a star off because in case my superlatives were ill-judged but, to be honest, I do think it deserves all five stars. If you enjoy Kidby's illustrations of the Discworld universe, you'll find a sparkling selection within this book.
Several examples of his cover art are to be found, some with precursor images for illustrative purposes, and one example, the "Rincewind Scream" cover for The Last Hero, is shown here in its full glory for the first time ever, having been cut down in the graphic novel it was originally intended for.
In addition to the illustrations of characters, groups and scenes, Terry Pratchett supplies a commentary relating to each section of the book, which lets us further into his world and allows us to understand the relationship between the Author, his world and the illustrator. Kidby also comments on selected pieces (his text is italicised), as well as both contributors providing their own 'forewards' to the text.
Where the Discworld Portfolio, Josh Kirby's earlier work, is of the style of an art-catalogue (or, as it happens to be, a portfolio) this book is more modern and accessible in its outlook and well represents both the talents of the artist observing the Discworld and Discworld itself.
I would definitely recommend this publication to anyone who enjoys the Discworld universe. It goes well on the shelving with the other larger-cover books (such as The Last Hero, the GURPS publications and assorted graphic novels) and the eye-candy within will be frequently browsed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mirror to Reality.. 18 Oct 2004
By Isfet
Format:Hardcover
A word to all Pratchett fans-BUY THIS BOOK! Somehow Paul Kidby
manages to make the characters look totally realistic,but gives them their own very distinctive 'Discworldly' appearance. Here are all the main cahracters & not a few of the lesser ones-places,people & er...things..that populate one of the best thought-out fantasy universes since Tolkien.
The perfect Hogswatchnight present (or Christmas,depending on which universe you inhabit)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Discworld Fans Delight 11 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is a true joy for fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld and more specifically Paul Kidby's wonderful interpretations of the inhabitants of the Disc. Each beautiful illustration comes with informtive comments from Messers Pratchett & Kidby about their inspiration for the character/artwork. While the comments are interesting and in many cases highly amusing the main reason to buy and cherish this book is the fantastic artwork, Paul Kidby realises the characters so well and his passion for all things Discworld is evident in the wonderful artwork he has been inspired to produce.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful 11 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
This fantastic book is a must for all fans of Paul Kidby's Discworld inspired Art. The illustrations are beautiful and accompanied by passages from Terry Pratchett which give insight into his inspiration for the characters. All the Discworld Favorites are wonderfully realised by Paul Kidby from Rincewind to Death and the Grim Squeaker.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous Discworld feast for Hogswatch 16 Nov 2004
Format:Hardcover
Terry Pratchett has a gift given to few authors (Tolkien and J.K. Rowling are two others with this gift) - that of being able to create characters and places so vividly realised that his readers tend to see them exactly as the author envisages them. Paul Kidby's beautifully drawn and painted illustrations are proof of this, all the characters being instantly recognisable to any Discworld aficionado. If you love the Discworld, or even if you just enjoy fine illustrations, this book will provide endless pleasure. Far from being a 'sorry piece of merchandising' as one reviewer put it, this is a gorgeous book that would make an excellent Hogswatch present for a lover of the Discworld. I couldn't resist....
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real feast 16 Oct 2004
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While I had high expectations of this book, they were wildly exceeded by the reality. Paul Kidby's artwork captures for me the true spirit of the Discworld. These pictures I find both beautiful and definitive. And so, to some extent, does Terry Pratchett, who has written a fascinating commentary to go with the pictures, explaining in many cases the origin of the characters.
Obviously, you have to be a bit of s Discworld fan to be interested in this book. But not much of one - it is gorgeous in its own right. I heartily reccomend it to present-givers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discworld made viewable 2 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
One spends coutless hours having fun with Terry Pratchett's rendition of the Discworld just imagining all the things that are described. Then you buy this book and discover that the images you had in your mind were already made real by Paul Kidby.
The amount of realism that Paul expresses through his pictures without, however, loosing any of his "sketched feeling" realy gives you the impression that he was there and just decided to pick up his drawing book and pencil and try to capture the scene the best way he could (something he had already done with "The Last Hero", a story that occurrs in the Discworld Universe).
His character depictions are so well accomplished and give out the feeling that they really are the characters that Terry has described in his books. For example, Lord Vetinari has the look of a man best not meddled with but yes meddled by. Captain Samuel Vimes (later, Commander) has a weared down look of a police man who has walked the beat for years and done things that are not police-like for the greater good. Death must be, by this account, the character that people feel he has made his job worth while. It exales a morbid, dreadful yet curiousity-driven atmosphere that fits perfectly into the character.
Throughout the book, each picture is commented by Paul Kidby and Terry Pratchett himself, giving the readers a very good insight of the depthness of their colaboration in creating them.
A must have fo anyone who enjoys the Discworld and wishes to see it with their own eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Pratchett fans
I love this book. The artwork for discworld is wonderful and this book also tells us about why the characters and the places are the way they are. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S C Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars a feast for the eyes and imagination
A treat for Discworld fans and a chance to see whether there is a match-up between the mental images conjured by the stories and these illustrations by Paul Kidby. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bananana
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Like nearly all of the Discworld tie-ins I've encountered, this is surprisingly good. Paul Kidby's drawings and paintings are stunning, and I gained a lot of insight into the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jamie Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gallery.
Paul Kidby depicts Pratchets characters exactly as I imagined. I felt I recognized the faces as soon as I saw them. Kidby's artwork is fantastic, to equal the fantastic storylines.
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Discworld Art Book
I really recommend this book. I've always been a Pratchett fan and love all the cover art and this book is just perfect. I'm really in love with it.
Published 6 months ago by Helena Acero
5.0 out of 5 stars present
bought this for my bf as he is a fan of terry pratchett and discworld the art work is done very well
Published 12 months ago by emma price
5.0 out of 5 stars I really do love it
Great delivery etc and as a total Pratchett fan I am completely biased. Perfect for rounding out a collection and a joy in itself.
Published 16 months ago by Corinna Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars informative and fun
The narrative from Terry Pratchett with explanations or asides from Paul Kidby is excellent. The drawings, even if you have a different version of the characters in your head, are... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Isis
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice present for a fan of the books
I bought this for my brother at xmas as he really likes the books (he's always trying to get me to read them too) which given he isn't much of a reader is high praise indeed! Read more
Published 18 months ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Kidby
Paul Kidby and Terry Pratchett what more needs to be said a great writer a great artist a great combo
Published 18 months ago by K. M. Leach
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