Art of Monsters University hc Hardcover – 1 Jul 2013
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About the Author
Karen Paik works in the development department at Pixar, where she has worked on Ratatouille, Up, and Monsters University. She is the author of The Art of Ratatouille and To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios. John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award-winning director and Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and Principal Creative Officer, Walt Disney Imagineering. Dan Scanlon is the director of Monsters University. Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award(R)-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, UP, and, most recently, Toy Story 3, the northern California studio has won 24 Academy Awards and its nine films have grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office to date
Top customer reviews
There are more character designs. Mike and Sully are still the main characters but you'll also some a few familiar faces in their younger self in college. The monsters come in different shapes, sizes and colours. They are in sports, partying, playing pranks and coming up with all sorts of mischief.
Since the film is about college life, you'll see more art of the Monsters University campus. When I think of monsters, I don't usually associate them with bright and cheery hilly campus, but that's what you get with a Pixar film. You have Mike and Sully jogging in the stadium at dawn with sun casting a beautiful warm glow. It seems there's always a colourful party going on somewhere. The campus has several buildings and the main one is the School of Scaring. You'll also see the dorm rooms, fraternity houses and areas of Monsters Inc that are not shown in the first film.
The interviews with the artists and staff provide some insight into the design of the film. They talk about the differences and similarities between the two films, such as the old school scaring technology that you'll see.
It's a great book with lots of beautiful concept art.
Be sure to check out the first Monsters Inc artbook as well, which was sold out and reprinted.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
- Design of Monsters U - campus design, map, dorms, etc.
- Color Theory and Lighting palette of the film
- Mike - pencil sketches, digital art, first-grade Mike designs
- Sully - pencil sketches, digital art
- Additional characters and the fraternities (each major character gets 1-2 pages)
- 100+ Background Characters
- The MU "Lineup" - featuring all major characters and their relative heights/sizes.
- The Scare Games - storyboards and sketches
I just have one problem with my book and one page is the book is loose, it just falls out, which is a bit annoying, something probably went wrong with the binding. It's a bit sloppy.
Can you tell I'm a fan?
This book is a wonderful compliment to the film itself. If you've seen it, this will show you what goes into making something that beautiful!
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