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The Art of Tangled
The Art of Tangled
by Jeff Kurtti
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting., 13 Jun 2011
This review is from: The Art of Tangled (Hardcover)
First watching this film I was blown away by the colour and atmosphere, and the book is no different.

The character illustrations are raw and expressive, making the book seem very dynamic and gives you a real walkthrough of how they came to be and reasons for them to be in the film. Glen Keane's traditional pencil sketches are littered throughout the book to break up the digital images. The book itself draws you into this world with wonderful renditions of the environment, even the inside of the tower and the paintings that the character creates herself.

In terms of reading the beginning is a little long winded, a foreword, history of the tale and then pages that explore shapes all a bit unescessay, interesting but it could have been cut back to something shorter and the pages used for something else.

The quality of the book is brilliant, the images are bright and vibrant and well layed out. Overall a good buy!

The Art of Kung Fu Panda 2
The Art of Kung Fu Panda 2
by Tracey Miller-Zarneke
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Back for a second round., 13 Jun 2011
As someone who was lucky enough the purchase the first Kung Fu Panda art book I had my reservations about buying the second book. This changed after I saw the film.

As it is with a second book I had thought that there was going to be little to nothing new in terms of character sketches as it had already been covered in the first book. Happily I was wrong, it shows how the characters have improved, character sketches and the progress for the new characters, rejected ideas all wonderfully drawn by the same artist Nico Marlet. There was little repetition and I found myself learning something new.

There are the familiar fold out pages that show the wonderful action sequences, with story board pannels and interesting comments. In terms of reading material the book is in depth without being too much to take in. There are highlighted quotes that draw you in and make it easier to follow if you just feel like flipping through the book.

The pages are well layed out, the paper and quality of the prints are high, the binding of the book is a little thread bare. I feel as though I have to take extra special care, however it is worth it.

A wonderful read that really takes you into another believable world.

Okami Official Complete Works
Okami Official Complete Works
by Capcom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, 29 Sep 2008
I loved the art style used within the game and was happy when I came across the art book.
Even before you open it you get the feeling that you are in for a special treat, it reads in traditional Japanese way, meaning from left to right.
It is crammed with images, from character design (ones used in the game and ones left out) to set designs. There is very little technical stuff in the book which was what I was expecting seeing as this was a game.
Reading the book you get the feeling that you are looking through somebodies sketchbook with comments written next to the drawings, you can feel the designers excitement and passion about the project.
Unlike most art books I've read the images are presented on a textured paper reminiscent of the game itself.

This would be a great book for people who played the game and fell in love with the art style that was used.
People who have not played the game will still find it enjoyable yet don't expect there to be any variations of style used. The style of the game was kept through out the whole design process.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride: An Invitation to the Wedding
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride: An Invitation to the Wedding
by Mark Salisbury
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather Disappointed, 29 Sep 2008
Being a fan of Tim Burton's work I was please when I stumbled across this book.
However I was rather disappointed, while the book does show of some character sketches and set designs it is rather technical and crammed with text with not many large scale images. This book would please people more interested in storyboards and stop motion animation as well as those interested in to what goes into creating a film such as voice acting and musical scores.
The storyboard also contains a lot of stills from the film, which left me feeling that I was better off just watching the film rather than reading the book, especially as it was accompanied by song lyrics and dialogue.
Despite this the book is interesting, it just takes a bit more investment into reading it fully.

The Art of Kung Fu Panda
The Art of Kung Fu Panda
by Tracey Miller-Zarneke
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIlled with Awesomeness, 29 Sep 2008
After watching the film I was blown away by the pure artistic nature of the film and went about searching for the art book.
I was drawn in immediately, the book itself is presented beautifully, showing off larger scale work which can be folded out into double page spreads as well as smaller thumbnail work of character sketches and development throughout the story, including storyboards.
The text is not tedious to read and is an interesting insight into the development of a story, it is well placed and does not over crowd the book.

A great book to own for any fan of them film.

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