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The Art of DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda
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About the Author
Tracy Miller-Zarneke is an entertainment industry journalist with more than seventeen years experience covering the art and science of movie-making. A former Daily Variety editor and currently the longtime senior editor at Millimeter magazine, he has penned dozens of articles on the production of animated and visual effects feature films. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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The pages are filled with beautiful character designs from Nicolas Marlet. Each major character has their own chapter, an interesting background story explaining how they were conceived and designed. It's impressive how Nicolas Marlet manages to breathe life into them, drawing them in such a way that they are lovely and lively. The artists understand body language very well, and they show it through the poses and really reflects the characteristics of each character.
The prop designs are also wonderful. All have their purpose and mean something in Chinese history. Even the title typography of the book was designed to mimic Chinese words.
Illustrations are printed large in detail throughout the book, depicting mainly movie scenes.
This book is worth getting even if you haven't watched Kung Fu Panda. It's inspiring for anyone who loves art and animation.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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.
Ever since I was a kid, I'd buy an animation art book almost yearly. The Art of The Lion King was probably the first art book of this type I ever had given to me and it kindled my love of animation art all the more, finally in these pages were beautiful concept illustrations, story board art works, inspirational paintings and final prints from the film, all of which were bound up in beautifully presented cloth covered large scale folio editions (originally printed by Hyperion). Books like these emphasised the storytelling process the Disney studios believed in and presented imagery which spoke volumes above the text, since the key to all great artistic works be it in animation, illustration, theatre design or film is the artists ability to simply draw from life, observe it, relish it and understand it -- and from that process you have great storytelling, you need imagination naturally and that's the art part, how you see marks you out ........... these books just need to show us more art when the film was evolving as that is inspirational and they could be designed better.
This is a fine book but doesn't really live up to my expectations when compared to what came before. It is smaller, I can't see the point in printing images which are the size of postage stamps on these pages and I want to see more final, well chosen film prints and pencil, painterly, illustrations than any image which has a digital smooth feel, ultimately this lack texture and evokes little.
But buy the book for Nicolas Marlet's illustrations, they live up to the films impact!
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I first saw it at the Barnes and Nobel, its glossy cover promising kickass art, the width suggesting it contained massive amounts of drawings, and the length making sure the art was big enough to really savor.
Upon opening the book, I found all of the above to be true.
The sketches, the finished pieces, the explanations for why the development of certain characters went the way it did- all wonderful!
But the price... It is well worth $45, don't get me wrong- but I'm a working student, and definitely don't have an extra $45 in my pocket.
So I waited.
I asked for it for my Birthday, and Christmas- no luck- it was already not in print in stores!
Then I checked on Amazon. $109!?!?!?!??!?
So I waited.
Then, one fateful day, the price was miraculously reasonable, and I swooped down and retrieved the book.
It is beautiful, and definitely one of my most treasured 'art of' books I own to date. I collect animation 'art of' books, and this one really outshines the others by a large margin.
If you've seen the movie already, you know how the intro movie goes (all in 2D at first), the author explains why they chose to go with that style and how they came up with the idea.
From 2D sketches from various character designers to the final 3D output of the characaters and environments, you won't be disappointed at how they all turned out. Most of them didn't make in the movie, but you eventually find out why. Some of the art is so good, you won't even be able to tell if it's 2D or 3D. Vibrant colors fill up the pages in this book, and the overall design for the cover inside and out will make you want to come back to this book, even if it's just for fun or for your personal reference to character/environment design. PICK THIS ONE UP!