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The Art of How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon Film) [Hardcover]

Tracey Miller-Zarneke
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26 Feb 2010 How to Train Your Dragon Film
From the studio that brought you Shrek, Madagascar and Kung-Fu Panda comes How to Train Your Dragon an animated adventure comedy set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, based on the book by Cressida Cowell. This lavish Art book features over 350 concept sketches, watercolors, oil paintings and digital artwork bringing the Viking and dragon worlds to life.

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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: 26.6 x 29.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,443 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful art from amazing artists 22 Feb 2010
Length: 0:35 Mins
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice 17 Nov 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning! 23 Jun 2010
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar... 15 Mar 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 19 Mar 2014
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If you love how to train your dragon and want to learn and see more about the artwork, then this book is for you. Lots of awesome pictures, it's just gorgeous.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality and colours 1 Feb 2014
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My daughter tells me the images are wonderful and inspiring - what you'd expect from a Dreamworks publication. Nice size as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter is loving it 29 Aug 2013
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It was a gift for my daughter and she really enjoys it. Since she is studying arts it also serves her as study material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! 19 Jan 2013
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This book is a masterpiece! As I love handmade drawings, this book is exactly how a " the making of... " book should be. Some computer-animated pictures, but luckily a lot of handmade sketches, just like the old " the art of... " books before computer-animeted movies dominated the movie scene. 5 Stars!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This book was despatched to me quickly and when it came I wasn't disappointed. It is worth every penny.
Artists and animators will enjoy the artwork.
Published 15 months ago by MartianGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
the book is brilliant, I brought it as a gift and it arrived well in time and i was very tempted to keep it for myself. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kerrie
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
I brought this book as after watching the film, I wanted to understand how they achieved certain effects. Read more
Published 22 months ago by csa27
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragontastic
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. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "art of" animation books, but not worth 100+
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... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by Infinity
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Just like the movie, the How To Train Your Dragon art book is spectacular. It's filled with beautiful imagery and character designs, storyboards and more! Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2011 by R. Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Tonnes of awesome concept art from the film, and a lot of stunning character design work by Nico Marlet. Must buy
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by A. R. Collins
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