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Sci-Fi Art Now
Sci-Fi Art Now
von John Freeman
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 25,94

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nice collection of sci-fi art, 1. Juni 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Sci-Fi Art Now (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Länge:: 1:24 Minuten

Sci-Fi Art Now features a cool gallery of sci-fi art from various artists. There are seven chapters that covers robots, aliens, spaceships, cities, warfare, space girls and steampunk. The quality of art is great, and the variety is good, ranging from manga style to 3D modeling to paintings. The scenes and ideas are interesting and comes with a short description from the artists.

Nice book for fans of sci-fi art.

Do not mistake the other book Sci-Fi Art: A Graphic History as being part of the series. The other book covers more on the history of sci-fi art.

This book is published by two publishers, namely Harper Design and Ilex. The prices for the books are different. They have different cover art -Ilex has a flying gorilla and Harper Design has a yellow space alien girl. Both are 128-page hardcover.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Constructing Green Lantern: From Page to Screen
Constructing Green Lantern: From Page to Screen
von Ozzy Inguanzo
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 28,45

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific, 31. Mai 2011
Länge:: 1:09 Minuten

This is terrific movie companion for the film Green Lantern. Author Ozzy Inguanzo, Green Lantern's researcher and asset manager, has done a great job compiling the book. It's a 208-page hardcover with good paper, binding and has good layout.

The book's not spoiler free, it's all access.

The commentary is basically a production design diary that looks at the creation of the film from start to end. It's a very interesting read and insightful as almost everything shown on screen are discussed as to why they were created that way.

Even though it's a movie companion and not a true art book, it's still packed with concept art. There are creature and costume designs, sketches, storyboards, and behind-the-scenes photos. Compared to other comic-to-movie film companions, this one is really substantial.

The photos are great. You get to see a lot of stuff on the set, like the Ferris Aircraft compound, the jet Hal Jordan was flying, various rings and lantern mock-ups, prosthetic scale model of Abin Sur, sculpted maquettes of Hector's head, etc. There are not a lot of film stills and the ones included are well selected.

The concept illustrations and visuals are quality work and are beautiful. There are designs for Abin Sur's ship, the Green Lantern suit (3D renders included), beautiful background art of Planet Oa, detailed storyboards and key frame illustrations.

The character designs are fantastic. The concepts for other Green Lanterns are very cool, sometimes weird, but fun to look at. A few are rendered at such high resolution you can almost feel the textures you're seeing - I'm talking about insect macro photography type of details.

This is a highly recommended movie companion.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


d'artiste Character Design: Digital Artists Master Class
d'artiste Character Design: Digital Artists Master Class
von Daniel Wade
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 66,32

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5.0 von 5 Sternen In-depth tutorials and amazing galleries, 23. Mai 2011
Länge:: 1:09 Minuten

d'artiste: Character Design is part of the tutorial series of art books from Ballistic Publishing. This volume is a 208 page paperback that comes with a slipcase. The printing quality is, as usual, very good. There's also a limited edition but that version cost more than two times more.

The three masterclass artists featured are Anne Pogoda, Kekai Kotaki, Gonzalo Ordonez (aka Genzoman). The presentation for each artist starts with the artist's background, the portfolio, two to three extensive step-by-step tutorials and a huge invited artist gallery. The tutorials are actually a look at the process.

Anne Pogoda's specialises on female characters. Her first tutorial looks at creating different variations of a female character, on how to change the looks using hairstyles, expressions and other visual devices. The second tutorial on designing an anime style character, but it didn't really look anime enough when compared to Gonzalo Ordonez's work. The third tutorial is on rescuing a character design that went bad, by reusing elements of two designs that didn't work out. The end result, unfortunately to me, doesn't look like a vast improvement.

I like Kekai Kotaki's section the most. He's a fantastic artist who can create unique, beautiful and believable characters. You might have seen his work created for Guild Wars (some are included here). It's great to see him featured here with three tutorials. He shows us how to create a wild, heroic and finally an evil character.

If you like anime style, you're sure to like Gonzalo Ordonez. His colourful illustrations are very energetic and eye catching. He has only two tutorials and they are on creating a devil-killing angel, and a valkryie with a wolf. Only two tutorials, but very extensive - well, all the tutorials from the artists are extensive.

This is a good book if you want to pick up new techniques. All artwork featured come with commentary, not just the tutorials.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Portal 2 Collector's Edition Guide
Portal 2 Collector's Edition Guide
von Future Press
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Clear and detailed, 22. Mai 2011
Länge:: 1:15 Minuten

Getting a guide book for Portal 2? Doesn't that take away the satisfaction of solving puzzles for yourself?

Well, in order not to take away your sense of accomplishment, the guide is designed with three spoiler levels that aims to help you solve the puzzles with as little help as possible.

The first spoiler level just provides single sentence textual hints - most of the time that's enough solve the test chambers. The second level provides visual hints in the form of screenshots without text. Finally, the third spoiler level is the full blown step-by-step guided walkthrough with 3D schematic maps, numbered steps and commentary. Also in spoiler level 3, you get additional alternative solutions and information on hidden trophies and rooms.

The guide also covers the multi-player stages in the similar way.

New to this guide is the inclusion of some movie codes. They are QR (Quick Response) code that work like barcodes. You scan them with your phone using a QR scanner app and it will take you to the video walkthrough. That would be the ultimate spoiler. The videos aren't up yet as I'm writing this review, but should be up soon.

Other information included are the trophy guides, hidden areas and things to discover, top 10 quotes from GLaDOS, Wheatley and Cave Johnson (that guy is hilarious), speedrunning guide to Portal 1, the in-depth story of Portal 1 & 2, interviews with Valve crew and some concept art and visuals.

Exclusive to the collectors' guide is the hardcover, two ribbon bookmarks and an expanded art section. Not sure if the interviews are included, probably not because they take up quite a few pages. The interviews are interesting to read if you want to find out more about designing the game and ideas, or how the funny ending song came about.

This is a wonderful guide for a wonderful game.


The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Foreword by Jerry Bruckheimer (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film))
The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Foreword by Jerry Bruckheimer (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film))
von Michael Singer
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Could use more art, 20. Mai 2011
Länge:: 1:26 Minuten

I was expecting something similar to the previous book, The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, it's not as good.

This is a 160-page hardcover book. The paper is great and they are really generous with the canvas size, opting to print everything big, photos and art, to the extent that it feels like more work could be included.

Character art is scarce. Since the previous art book collects artwork from the first three movies, you won't see those getting duplicated here. There are new zombies, mermaids and a few pirates (two actually with three illustrations total). Thankfully, the zombie pirates look awesome.

Much of the art are paintings of story scenes and the backgrounds. Some of them are printed really huge, covering two pages. A few don't have enough details to go over two pages - I'm comparing this to video games and 3D animated movies background art. The few background paintings that were scaled down to half page sizes look better.

There's not much prop art as well which is quite strange since that this is a prop-heavy movie.

If you love photographs, almost a quarter of the book is filled with them, some taken by Jerry Bruckheimer. Some photos take a whole page to themselves. They look good but I would have preferred more concept art instead.

The commentary comes in the form of script dialogues and descriptions, interesting insights on creating the designs. There are usually two to four paragraphs on a page with plenty of white space.

Nice art book overall, but it really feels like it could use more art - well, the previous art book was packed with art.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Independently Animated: Bill Plympton: The Life and Art of the King of Indie Animation
Independently Animated: Bill Plympton: The Life and Art of the King of Indie Animation
von Bill Plympton
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 33,29

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Inspiring autobiography, 17. Mai 2011
Länge:: 1:09 Minuten

I once attended a local animated film festival and found myself sitting in a screening room watching a collection of Bill Plympton's shorts. It was showing Guard Dog, The Fan and the Flower and other short films. They really had a lasting impression on me because they were so different from other animation available - they still are.

I always wonder how a guy like him can survive as an independent animator. This book answers that question, and more.

This is a 264 page book that's beautiful printed and bound with thick paper. It's an autobiography written by Bill Plympton in his own words. It's sincerely written and you can feel the enthusiasm he has for animation. He talks about everything from when it all started in school to creating Oscar nominated short films. You can see the different types of jobs he took to pay the bills (like creating music videos for Madonna), about serving the army (where he learned the power of shadows), where and from whom he gets his inspiration from, the different types of people he has to work with, or how to find Paul Giamatti to do a voice-over.

The book's also filled with lots of artwork. There are sketches, cartoons, paintings, storyboards, photos, animated stills, etc. Bill Plympton's style of colour pencil drawings is unique but his other works show the other side of him. He's has included some amazing caricatures he created during his fifteen years in making political cartoons. The sketches and storyboards are great because of the wacky ideas, and you get to get a glimpse into how his mind thinks.

It's fascinating to look into this world from a perspective of an independent animator. You get a new sense of appreciation for the medium after realising the sheer effort it takes to create one.

This is a very inspiring book. Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Deconstructing Product Design: Exploring the Form, Function, and Usability of 100 Amazing Products
Deconstructing Product Design: Exploring the Form, Function, and Usability of 100 Amazing Products
von Gerry Manacsa
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 33,97

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Classy and insightful, 16. Mai 2011
Länge:: 0:49 Minuten

This is a book that looks behind the scenes at how products are designed - specifically the thought process. Over 100 products are featured, and they all look really sleek. Commentary comes in the form of an analysis of the product itself, followed by thoughts from a class of prominent designers and thinkers. It can get very detailed, down to the aesthetic choices like putting ornamental rivets. It's also a wonderful showcase of relatively unknown products.

Of course, a nicely designed product might not translate to commercial success. All the examples featured are also ranked on attributes like aesthetic, function, usability, sustainability and the commercial success.

This is a nice classy book on product design. Highly recommended to product designers.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Venice Sketchbook (Sketchbooks)
Venice Sketchbook (Sketchbooks)
von Fabrice Moireau
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 26,03

5.0 von 5 Sternen Too beautiful, 13. Mai 2011
Länge:: 1:01 Minuten

Too beautiful. That's how I would describe this book.

Venice Sketchbook is one of the series of watercolour sketchbook from Fabrice Moireau, a lover of architecture and gardens.

The book was originally released in French and translated to English. I actually bought the French version and upon seeing how much text there is in the book, I promptly ordered the English edition.

It's a 96-page hardcover published by Editions Didier Millet. The reproduction of the paintings is excellent. The paper has a watercolour paper texture to it, but much softer. It's almost like looking at the actual paintings.

The watercolour paintings are wonderful and charming, and they are printed huge. Together with the captions, they perfectly captures the mood of being in Venice. You can see the details of architecture, the weathering effect on the buildings, Venetians at work, and the lesser known areas hidden from tourists.

Fabrice Moireau's watercolour style seems really controlled. You don't see colours crossing over pencil lines. That really makes me think of how much masking he does to achieve to prevent colours from overlapping. It's not like he doesn't overlap, he just doesn't overlap the colours when there's a change in form, like for two buildings.

Other than the captions, there are also plenty of text describing the various places in Venice, and the history behind. It's very well researched and interesting to read.

This is a terrific travel journal.

I highly recommend this book, and all his other books.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


Rooftops of Paris (Sketchbooks)
Rooftops of Paris (Sketchbooks)
von Fabrice Moireau
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 25,45

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Paris from a different perspective, 13. Mai 2011
Länge:: 0:55 Minuten

Rooftops of Paris is another gorgeous collection of watercolour sketches from Fabrice Moireau. He has already published a sketchbook on Paris, but this time, the subject is dedicated to roofs, something we don't usually see on the streets.

The 96-page hardcover art book is in squarish format, not the usual landscape format of his other books. The book is still big and the paintings are also printed big. Paper is non glossy and brings out the vibrant colours really well.

If you have the Paris Sketchbook, you'll notice that the cover of this book is actually one of the sketches from there. Only this piece is duplicated, but redone in watercolour.

The sketches are lovely. It's interesting to see Paris surveyed at roof level. The roof tops are made up of so many different shapes and forms. They are sometimes blue, orange, or just light as it reflects off the sun. Occasionally, you can see a statue standing alone amidst the buildings. The chimneypots that sit on roofs are very eye catching with their nice orange against the complementary blue backdrop of roofs - they look like chess pawns.

The architecture of the place is wonderfully captured. You don't see much people on roofs, maybe roofers fixing antennas. What's captured seems like a very quiet and calm Paris when you're viewing it from the top. All sketches come with almost poetic commentary from Carl Norac.

Not all the watercolours are from Fabrice Moireau. Some are from Hiroyuki Sasaki, but they aren't credited by labels so they are hard to spot.

This is a beautiful watercolour sketchbook. Makes me want to go out and sketch each time I flip open the pages.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


The Art of Kung Fu Panda II
The Art of Kung Fu Panda II
von Tracey Miller-Zarneke
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 34,57

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Almost awesome-ness volume 2, 10. Mai 2011
Länge:: 1:13 Minuten

I love the first film and its art book. This second art book is almost awesome-ness volume 2. If you're unable to get the first art book for whatever reasons, you should definitely get the second art book while it's still in stock.

It's a hardcover 156-page art book. The concept art is fantastic. It consists of character designs, background paintings and storyboards. Everything's printed big. The commentary are on the story and characters so that's always interesting.

Nicolas Marlet is still the character designer. There are additional character designs here, those that didn't make it the first film, and those created for the second film. The new gang of characters are mainly the bad guys. There are lots of sketches of expressions and characters in their kung fu stance. Mr Ping, Po's dad, is also given coverage as the history of Po is uncovered.

The background art is inspired by Chinese towns, architecture and paintings. The set design is wonderful. It's really cool to see old Chinese buildings designed and used in animated films, to great effect I must add.

Now for the disappointing thing about the book, the binding is bad. After reading for a while, the pages came off the spine and now hanging by the threads that hold them together. I was hoping this would not happen because the Rango art book I bought also came with a bad binding, also published by Insights edition. Again, maybe I received a copy from a bad printing batch - I said that in the other review too.

Anyway, if you're getting this book in UK or Europe, it's distributed by Titan Books. The prices are slightly different. Not sure about the binding quality for that.

Overall, it's awesome-ness with a bit of letdown. Sounds strange? Yes, unfortunately. -1 star for the binding.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)


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