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The Art of Discworld (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 20 Oct 2005
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A sumptuous illustrated journey through Terry Pratchett's DISCWORLD; a companion volume to THE LAST HERO
About the Author
Paul Kidby discovered Terry Pratchett's Discworld in 1993 and since then has devoted his working life to the place. He is the illustrator of THE PRATCHETT PORTFOLIO, TERRY PRATCHETT'S DISCWORLD COLOURING BOOK, the bestsellers THE LAST HERO and THE ART OF DISCWORLD, as well as the Discworld DIARIES, cards, T-shirts, maps, mugs and, of course, the covers.
Sir Terry Pratchett is a publishing phenomenon. Among his many prizes and citations are the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, the Carnegie Medal, the BSFA Award, eight honorary doctorates and, of course, a knighthood. In 2012, he won a BAFTA for his documentary on the subject of assisted suicide, 'Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die'. He is the author of fifty bestselling books but is best known for the globally renowned Discworld series.
The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, and the series is still going strong almost three decades later. Four Discworld novels - Hogfather, Going Postal, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - have been adapted for television, with more to follow. His books have sold approximately 85 million copies worldwide (but who's counting?), and been translated into forty languages.
In 2007, Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease. He died in 2015.
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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.
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)
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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