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The Art of How to Train Your Dragon Hardcover – 2 Mar 2010
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'If you've read the books or seen the movie, The Art of How to Train Your Dragon is a must buy.' --HeyUGuys --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Flipped a few pages, and saw the unique style of Nicolas Marlet, flipped back to the cover and found that Tracy Miller-Zarneke is the author and the movie's from Dreamworks. Those three names instantly reminded me of quality art book The Art of Kung Fu Panda. I'm glad to say that this book is as good and fun. By the way, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois are the famed directors here.
Inside the book are more than 350 development artwork, including early character designs, story sketches, and concept paintings. The books is divided into three parts, the dragons, vikings and the environment with stuff like props and houses. Discarded art and characters are also included, like Hiccup's mother - who can cook a mean dish with dragon meat. Accompanying the art are plenty of interesting quotes and commentary from the production staff.
Nicolas Marlet and Simon Otto seem to be the lead character designers responsible for the concept art of the dragons and vikings, although a good amount of designs are actually from Nicolas Marlet. There's a wide range of wackiness and creativity to the drawings. The character digital paintings are great and the colours are really beautiful, kudos to Zhaoping Wei.
The environment paintings from Pierre-Olivier Vincent, art director, are beautiful. This guy really knows how to draw scenic yet precarious backgrounds like sloping hilltops, snow-capped sea arches and Dragon island which is like an ice-cream cone with molten lava as topping. Not only that, his tranquil pieces are also spectacular, National Geographic-spectacular.Read more ›
Preface by Cressida Cowell (writer of the popular book series).
Foreword by Craig Ferguson.
Dragons: This section features stunning artwork for each individual dragon from Toothless to the formidable Red Death. There's also an interesting selection of dragon concepts that did not feature in the film. Personally I hoped there would be more concept art for each individual dragon but there is still a good selection.
Vikings: Illustrations of each of the Viking characters ranging from Hiccup to the general Viking population of Berk.
The Dragon World: Artwork of Dragon Island & the Dragon Cave.
The Viking World: This section focuses on the locations from the film including the Isle of Berk, the Viking village and Viking iconography.
Bringing The Two Worlds Together: Story, Animation, Effects, Lighting, Layout, Cinematography & 3D, Editorial.
Closing Thoughts: Two Worlds, One Film.
Acknowledgements & Crew Photos.
My only complaint regarding this book is that it is very difficult to get hold of despite being published quite recently. If you are a fan of How To Train Your Dragon then I suggest you snap up a copy of this lovely book when you can.
Its a great extract for influence and inspiration for any aspiring artist wishing to portray that specific style, the book came in good condition.
Negatives... if anything it would be a tad bit expensive.
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I loved the book, it had some really beautifil art in it however when it arrived I was upset to find some of the inner pages were ripped and the outer paper cover was also creased... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kit
Beautiful book the pictures are wonderful. Inspiring the kids to create their own pictures.Published 19 months ago by C. Greathead
Great book, inspirational, full of information and the art is fantastic.
Altho I would say it is one of the few times i liked the film more than the book :S
Amazing companion to see how to movie came to life!
Must have if you're into How to train your dragon!
Absolutely gorgeous! Dreamworks really don't disappoint with their art books, it's just wonderful!Published on 16 Mar. 2015 by Lorna Robertson
Present for my boyfriend who's a fan of the films - he absolutely loved it.Published on 7 Mar. 2015 by Tilly Parry