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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (26 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848566654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848566651
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you've read the books or seen the movie, The Art of How to Train Your Dragon is a must buy.' --HeyUGuys

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Tracey Miller-Zarneke has long been fascinated with the world of animation, way beyond her credited roles on the feature films Meet the Robinsons, Chicken Little, and The Emperor's New Groove. Tracey is also the celebrated author of two books on animated features: The Art of Meet the Robinsons and The Art of Kung Fu Panda.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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I can't believe my eyes when I saw this books on the shelf at a local bookshop, two months earlier than its scheduled release date.

Flipped a few pages, and saw the unique style of Nicolas Marlet, flipped back to the cover and found that Tracy Miller-Zarneke is the author and the movie's from Dreamworks. Those three names instantly reminded me of quality art book The Art of Kung Fu Panda. I'm glad to say that this book is as good and fun. By the way, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois are the famed directors here.

Inside the book are more than 350 development artwork, including early character designs, story sketches, and concept paintings. The books is divided into three parts, the dragons, vikings and the environment with stuff like props and houses. Discarded art and characters are also included, like Hiccup's mother - who can cook a mean dish with dragon meat. Accompanying the art are plenty of interesting quotes and commentary from the production staff.

Nicolas Marlet and Simon Otto seem to be the lead character designers responsible for the concept art of the dragons and vikings, although a good amount of designs are actually from Nicolas Marlet. There's a wide range of wackiness and creativity to the drawings. The character digital paintings are great and the colours are really beautiful, kudos to Zhaoping Wei.

The environment paintings from Pierre-Olivier Vincent, art director, are beautiful. This guy really knows how to draw scenic yet precarious backgrounds like sloping hilltops, snow-capped sea arches and Dragon island which is like an ice-cream cone with molten lava as topping. Not only that, his tranquil pieces are also spectacular, National Geographic-spectacular.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas O. Chijioke on 23 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A great book! Beautiful artwork, and in depth examples, it's a fantastic companion to the film. For anyone interested in the art of this magnificent film, I'd say this is the book to buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Whiting on 15 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having brought 'The Art of Kung Fu Panda' (a thick, densely packed book) I was a bit disappointed at the thickness and content of this one... which is about half the size. Although the content is undoubtably fantastic and well-presented, there's just not enough for the huge price tag, in comparison to similar books.
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By Quinn on 13 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a great purchase for anyone who loves art, film and animation and any fan of the wonderful Dreamworks film 'How To Train Your Dragon' will adore it. The book is a lot slimmer than I had expected when compared to other art books but it is full of superb illustrations and wonderful concept pieces. The selection is diverse, colourful and displays the entire illustration process from the simplistic concept designs to the fantastic finished film animation. The book is divided into the following sections:
Preface by Cressida Cowell (writer of the popular book series).
Foreword by Craig Ferguson.
Dragons: This section features stunning artwork for each individual dragon from Toothless to the formidable Red Death. There's also an interesting selection of dragon concepts that did not feature in the film. Personally I hoped there would be more concept art for each individual dragon but there is still a good selection.
Vikings: Illustrations of each of the Viking characters ranging from Hiccup to the general Viking population of Berk.
The Dragon World: Artwork of Dragon Island & the Dragon Cave.
The Viking World: This section focuses on the locations from the film including the Isle of Berk, the Viking village and Viking iconography.
Bringing The Two Worlds Together: Story, Animation, Effects, Lighting, Layout, Cinematography & 3D, Editorial.
Closing Thoughts: Two Worlds, One Film.
Acknowledgements & Crew Photos.
My only complaint regarding this book is that it is very difficult to get hold of despite being published quite recently. If you are a fan of How To Train Your Dragon then I suggest you snap up a copy of this lovely book when you can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smoocakes on 17 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my dragon loving daughter for her 8th birthday. It is still her favorite book 18 months later. Ideal for children who are interested in Art. She is very proud of this book and eager to show it and discuss it with anyone who will listen. The illustrations show the development of the dragons and the thinking behind the animations, very detailed and very interesting. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Firespasm on 17 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Colorful, a nice artistic insight into the world of the film (art based) not essentially production based.
Its a great extract for influence and inspiration for any aspiring artist wishing to portray that specific style, the book came in good condition.

Negatives... if anything it would be a tad bit expensive.
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An amazing book, especially for fans of the film. Contains some truly stunning concept art and explains the thought processes behind each character, including several who never made it into the film (namely, Hiccup's mother). It has a lot of detail in it compared to some other "art of" books, and I particularly enjoyed the bits where they elaborated on Hiccup and Toothless' relationship. It's not an incredibly long book, but it is certainly worth getting if you enjoy animation, or the just love the film.

That being said, I picked mine up for £16. I would never dream of spending the £100+ some sellers are charging. At that price it's only really worth it to serious collectors. Honestly, you can probably pick up a better deal elsewhere.
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