Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) Hardcover – 13 Dec 2013
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‘This beautifully presented book… is a lovely treat for fans’ The Sun
‘Whatever your thoughts on [the film] there’s no denying the attention to detail invested by Weta Workshop… and the amazing images on display in new book The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Chronicles” SciFi Now
About the Author
Daniel Falconer has been a designer at Weta Workshop for more than fifteen years, working on high profile projects such as The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar and The Hobbit.
Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning conceptual design and physical manufacturing facility servicing the world's entertainment and creative industries.
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I particularly liked the drawings of the houses and the towns (not so sure about the rather realistic giant spiders though). All the costumes are typical gothic/wizard fantasy outfits, but none the worse for that.Read more ›
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This artbook is still hardcover, 208 pages, and is as detailed and packed as the earlier Hobbit Chronicles books.
Featured in this particular book are the environment, props, character and creature designs. It's predominantly hand drawn plus digital painting art with some 3D renders, and a few photos of miniature props. The art is fantastic.
Covered, of course, are the locations as they appear in the film, such as Mirkwood, the Elven kingdom, Lake-town and the others. The designs are wonderful and really set the tone for the movies.
Character art are for the new characters, such as Beorn, Evangeline Lilly's Tauriel, Legolas, the many orcs, creatures like the spiders and other miscellaneous characters of which there are a lot. Strangely, there are only a few pages of art for Smaug the dragon.
You'll see quite of a lot of pencil sketched concept art from Alan Lee and John Howe, who are both concept art directors for the film. The other contributing artists are also quite amazing as to the quality of work they are putting out. It's nice to see a good mix of pencil and coloured artworks.
This is mostly a showcase of the concept artworks of Weta Workshop and 3 Foot 7 Art Department. The environment and character designs are from Weta, while the sets, props and dressings are from 3 Foot 7.
The writeup is also very extensive.Read more ›
Anyone who has already bought a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit artbook will already know both the quality and style of this book. While I maintain that I would have preferred the books to be portrait format rather than landscape, so as to better fit in with my other books, I must admit that the Hobbit artbooks do look very nice.
As to the interior I was more than pleased when I first flicked through the pages. As ever there are the stunning location designs; moody forests, soaring mountains and towns and villages that frankly make you want to pack your things and move there this afternoon. Gus Hunter's image of the Ancient Dale is easily worthy of gracing anyone's living room wall, right next to Eduardo Pena's picture of the same. What I'm saying is that there isn't just rough design work, as you'd expect from concept art books, but gallery-quality art too.
The Orcs get a nice section to themselves this time around as there are three characters in particular that play a major part in the film. Once more the designs show a lot of thought and consideration behind why the Orcs would dress the way they do or have what they have. At the heart of it I would say it's this fact which gives the work from Weta's art department so much life and realism. Things have a reason for being there, not just because they look cool, but because there's a history and a story to everything.Read more ›
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A VERY GOOD HARD COVER BOOK , FANTASTIC , COLOUR AND DRAWING GLOSSY INFORMATIVE BOOK , ACE , TOP MARKSPublished 8 months ago by gollumanelf63
I bought this as a present for my younger brother, but before you hold that against me let me just say I'm a huge fan of all Tolkeins works and the movies. Read morePublished 11 months ago by William Grey
Completed my set - and as an avid follower of the film and an artist - an awesome addition to support the filmsPublished 16 months ago by kaspont
As beautifully produced as you would expect. If you love the films and want to see a bit more behind the scenes for the creation of the places and people, then this is the book to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Esmeralda
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