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Art of the Disney Princess, The Hardcover – 28 Jul 2011
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Also the book itself isn't presented as well as it could be. Some artists have a number of images, often in a series, in the book on separate pages. However there would only be 2 or 3 pictures from the same series shown and they were on different pages so it makes it difficult to view them together. It would have been better to have a double page spread of one artist and if they have images in a series (i.e a number of princesses) then show them in a nice way as a lot of the pages were wasted with one image (sometimes a small one) and the book doesn't have that many pages. All in all rather disappointing and not worth 20 pounds.
The princesses included are Snow White, Tiger Lily, Belle, Ariel, Pocahontas, Mulan, Aurora, Jasmine, Cinderella and even the newest Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.
The variety of style is great. There's art created from acrylic, collages, gouche, water colour, digital and there are even handmade dolls and photographs. What I didn't like is the quality of the illustrations, which can be quite varied, depending on the skill level of the artist contributing. Remember after all, this is sort of a fan art book, although I have seen better fan art books.
While some are beautifully drawn, there's not one that truly stands out. Most of the pieces stay on the wholesome track, although someone did try to break out of the box with Snow White in a futuristic skin-tight outfit. There's another one, which I think didn't work well, had Snow White fixed onto a deer's body much like a Centaur. The idea might not be bad but the technical execution (which should not be mistaken as style) could be better, which happens some other pieces. I also realised that manga style chibi eyes don't work well on princesses, or maybe because it's not done right (by a Japanese artist).
The ones I like are the ones which stayed true to the original designs but done in a different style. There are two artists Dan Beltran and Eric Tan who created simple vector illustrations with nice compositions.
This book could be so much better if the selection is stricter. It's recommended only if you're really interested, like seriously interested in Disney princesses.
Probably 3.5 out of 5 stars.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The book is very good quality and the collection of interpretations of Disney Princesses is exciting and interesting.
I would recommend for older Disney fans!
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