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This is essentially a sketchbook. It also looks very much like a school project for art students. And the art students in particular are Khang Le, Mike Yamada and Felix Yoon.

The Skillful Huntsman is actually a story by the Brothers Grimm.

Based on the short story, the artists then came up with concept drawings for the characters, set, props and environment. As you can see in the video, there are lots of sketches on character designs. For every subject, there's comment from the artist on the thought process for the creation. And just beneath that comment is another one from the Scott Robertson, a teacher at the Art College of Design.

It's fun to see how the 3 artists interpret the stories and come up with their own unique concepts and designs.

Bear in mind that this book was published in 2005. These talented students have already gone on to work at major studios.

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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on 7 November 2007
This is like an "art of" book for a film - it contains so many visuals on so many different themes.

From people, costumes, vehicles, weapons, environments, interiors and structures which are presented in simple sketches (pencil, pen, on computer, marker) to fully realised digital pieces - all showing the development and thought process of an idea.

Excellent layout & read. And no there is not that much to read - each page has about one to two paragraphs on text rest in packed full of visuals.

Recommended if you're a design student.
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on 4 February 2011
By far one of the best educational concept art books out there and a must purchase for anyone trying to learn the development skills of becoming a concept designer.

This book goes through the entire development process and offers a wealth of great insights from both students and teacher along the way.

A word to the novices out there: this book doesn't cover application, but covers in depth the design process and theory of development.

absolute top tier stuff!
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on 13 March 2011
There are tons of artbooks out there but only a few cover the processes involved with achieving the required goals. Although not that in-depth with text, there is certainly plenty of sweet visuals to fill your imagination which certainly makes this book worth the purchase.

To be more precise there are plenty of sketches/references/ideas to get you thinking.
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on 25 October 2012
I have many many art and design books and this is my favourite.
I even spent extra to get a signed copy after seeing a friends copy.
A multitude of ideas for any concept artist, done with great skill.
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on 8 March 2015
Brilliant book, beautifully presented. This book gives you a glimpse inside the minds of 3 amazing artists as they develop their own vision of a well known story. On each page there are notes from the artists and their mentor taking you through their thought process, but not so much that it takes the focus away from the designs.

A must for anyone interested in concept art and character design, looking for tips and inspiration.
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on 29 February 2016
A wonderful and well present book which does a great job of explaining the creative process.The artists in the book take the Brothers Grimm tale 'The Skilful Huntsman' and design everything from the ground up, from characters to environments. The art takes centre stage in the book which is interspersed with words from each artist. This is a must read for anyone who follows a similar creative process
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on 11 May 2014
Filled conceptual sketches. Most of them are fantastic, and it's lovely to be able to see the progress of an idea through to completion- and there are some quirky ideas here. The cityscapes are quite fantastic. The character designs are alright. it's nice for flipping through when you're having trouble getting creativity to flow.
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on 7 May 2013
For someone who loves creating stories visually and interpreting folklore it is a gem. Scott's students explain reasons why they chose this composition against another, what they thought when they created that creature, etc. Incredibly informative and beautiful. A balanced amount of concept art and written information.
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on 14 April 2011
I love this book. It's beautiful to look at and a real inspiration.

But what's really great is the way the artists explain how they came up with ideas and went about creating characters and scenes. Helps you think about things in a different way.

Recommended.
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