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The Making of Avatar
The Making of Avatar
von Jody Duncan
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 29,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Detailed and informative, 29. Oktober 2010
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Making of Avatar (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Länge:: 1:07 Minuten

Since I have the The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure as well, I'll start by saying that this is major step-up from the art book, in terms of visuals, writeup and construction.

It's a thick 272-page hardcover filled commentary and huge pictures. Yup, the pictures are in high resolution so there's no more of that pixelation you see in the art book. The film stills, even though you know it's computer generated, is less jarring, more natural. There are a lot of behind-the-scenes photos as well as concept art sketches of the creatures on Pandora.

The writeup is extensive. It really provides an in-depth look at the technical aspect of making the movie, from the conceptualisation stage down to mixing of life-action and 3D footage. There's plenty to read about the concepts behind everything has to be visually created, like the creatures, the sculptures, environments, weapons, props, etc. It's all really detailed and carefully explained, even the captions are informative. Stuff like creating characters are broken down into several steps, such as the creation of clay sculptures (handled by Stan Winston Studio) and the actually modeling of 3D models (handled by Weta).

And then you have the motion performance part where they show how action is mapped into the movie, and all the little production tricks that are used. There are actually horses in the studios to capture the part where the Navi ride the Direhorses. And those horses are also had their bodies pasted with the little beads for motion capture.

This book is a very satisfying read. Highly recommended if you like movie production books.

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


The Pixar Treasures (A Disney Keepsake Book)
The Pixar Treasures (A Disney Keepsake Book)
von Tim Hauser
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Designed with the collector in mind, 26. Oktober 2010
Länge:: 0:56 Minuten

The Pixar Treasures is finally out after a long delay. I had some doubts about the book because it's pricey and has only 64 pages. But once you flip through the pages, you'll understand why it cost so much.

The book comes with a slipcase and it's designed like a scrapbook. It tells the story of Pixar complete with loads of pictures. There are 28 chapters covering the history, the making of various films, the people, their ideas and other interesting stuff.

The stories will feel familiar if you have the other book To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios -- still my favourite Pixar book. The Pixar Treasures presents a very condensed version of the whole Pixar story with the short 2-page chapters. However, this book has content up to the recent Toy Story 3, which means it also covers Ratatouille, Up and WALL-E, which aren't in To Infinity and Beyond!. The stories, though familiar, are still inspiring to read. They are short and will definitely leave you wanting more.

The highlight of the book are the pullout replicas of memorabilia, artwork and photos. Many of the pictures are never-before-seen art and photos. That's a lot of new content not published elsewhere in their other art books. There are lots of things you can pull out or pull. You'll see items like the Disney's Visitor Pass (ca. 1980), Presto poster, an animation flip-book, a (fake) newspaper front-page with Lingini's story, a few attached booklets and other goodies.

This book is clearly designed with the collector in mind. It is beautiful and inspiring to read.

Highly recommended to Pixar fans.

I hope other animation studios also come up with their own treasure books.

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


Acme Archives - Star Wars: Visions
Acme Archives - Star Wars: Visions
von Visiting Distinguished Research Professor George Lucas
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 30,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not concept art, but as good, 23. Oktober 2010
Länge:: 0:53 Minuten

This isn't the concept art book I imagined or was expecting. This isn't a concept art book at all.

Star Wars Art: Visions is more of a fan art book, except the 'fans' here are some of the best illustrators around. Think Moebius, Alex Ross, Syd Mead, Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo, H.R. Giger, Peter de Seve and James Christensen. There are 93 guest artists in all. Wow!

George Lucas has invited all these fine artists to create art for Star Wars, in their own style and interpretation. You'll see art from all sorts of styles, ranging from impressionist to manga to Picasso, punk(?), collage and more.

The book itself is huge, and the prints are large. You can see the details of the brush strokes and all. And most of the paintings are created traditionally.

The subjects are pretty cool, especially the more different ones like Kermit the Frog fishing with Yoda (from Peter de Seve), or the manga Leia which looks like she's from an alternate universe, or (gasp!) a nude Aayla.

This is a great collection of quality art. Easily recommended to any Star Wars fan.

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


Fallout New Vegas Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide
Fallout New Vegas Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide
von David Hodgson
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Densely packed with information, 23. Oktober 2010
Länge:: 1:09 Minuten

The book is pretty thick at 480 pages and packed with information. The type is fairly small, but not cringing small. The difference between this and the normal edition is the hardcover and there are 32 pages of extra content (art and behind the scenes stuff). Mine's numbered 97590, so I guess they printed a lot of collector's edition.

The book is split into a few main parts: Training, Main Quest, Side Quest, Tour of Mojave Wasteland and Appendices.

The Training section basically talks about the game mechanics and character development. There's an explanation for all the attributes, perks, skills, etc available, all of which I find very useful as I'm new to Fallout. There are also suggested character builds with recommended stats and suggestions on how to spend you Skill points. And of course, there are weapon information and enemy profiles.

The walkthrough section is detailed and complete with all the items you can find during any particular quest. To avoid spoilers, just skip the text and follow the quest flowchart which is basically a list the prerequisites required for the quest. Items you can find are marked by big icons.

Side quests come in at an overwhelming 150 pages, more than twice the pages for the story quest. Wow. They are as detailed as the main walkthrough. This where you can find cool items, gain extra experience and visit strange places. I might take a year traveling through the desert to find all these side quests without the guide. You can be sure you won't miss any even if you miss talking to any characters.

Maps come in a few form and they are very useful. The pullout poster map has 3 maps showing the roads, enemy hangouts and collectibles respectively. In the book, the maps are close-ups of areas and blueprints of buildings with details down to the room level, and the list of collectibles and quests.

If you're a collector-type of player in the game, then this book (or the paperback edition) is for you. I'm not too sure the extra 32 pages of art/stuff/hardcover is worth that extra $6 or so - but it's not too much anyway.

(There are a few pages from the art pages on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Whimsical Work of David Weidman
Whimsical Work of David Weidman
von David Wiedman
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Very beautiful, 19. Oktober 2010
Länge:: 0:50 Minuten

I have no idea who's David Weldman but the cover really caught my eye. I love the colours and how they overlay on one another, and the textural feel.

Mr. Weidman is an artist who used to work in animation studios back in the 1950s, before he turned to serigraphs (stencil) and silkscreen printing.

Collected in this 216-page hardcover is a collection of his wonderful art. The work he did for animation includes character designs and animation backgrounds. The characters are very cartoon like, looks animated and have a nice style to them. And the animation backgrounds are very beautiful as well, coloured in similar style.

The silk-screen prints featured in this book are gorgeous. The subject, the colour schemes and textures all combine to create vibrant pieces of art. They look really great and I imagine they will look terrific as huge paintings on walls. Some of the designs are looks really complicated, especially those with lots of overlays. It's hard to find anyone who makes art like this anymore.

There's also a short biography and interview on Mr Weidman, which is a nice read into the past.

It's a very beautiful book. Definitely a keeper if you love silk-screen art.

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You can check out more work on his website.

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


Rift
Rift
von James Jean
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book is a work of art, 18. Oktober 2010
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Rift (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Länge:: 0:30 Minuten

Rift is an unique book, designed in an accordion-book format. The book is about the size of a palm and comes with a beautiful slipcase.

The book is created by James Jean, one of the very talented artists of our times. The art is haunting and beautiful, as you would expect.

When the covers are pulled apart, you get to see two pieces of art on a wide canvas, intersecting each other. To see each art piece on its own, you can collapse the sections belonging to the other piece. And there are gold paint painted on top of the actual print for selected elements, like the rain and ornaments. On the other side, you have the sketches displayed in the same format.

With its creative presentation, this book is a work of art for its construction and content.

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


Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon
Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon
von Matthew K. Manning
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 24,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen The ultimate guide to the ultimate weapon, 14. Oktober 2010
Länge:: 0:53 Minuten

Here's the 200-page hardcover guide into one of the world's most popular mutants, Wolverine. This book really stands out visually. Not only is the cover red, the edges of the pages are also red.

I used to watch the classic X-men animation on TV, and even back then I was intrigued by Wolverine. His abilities are really cool, and his back stories are fascinating as well.

The pages are filled to the brim with all sorts of information on Wolverine, like his origin, career, ability, lesser known facts, quotes, nemesis, love interest and all the different places he appears in his own comics and others. It's a engaging read into the legendary character.

As with most DK books, this book is also loaded with beautiful art from the comics. There are all styles of Wolverine you can look at, him with his different costumes, outfits or without, as drawn by different top artists.

This is the best compilation and writeup on Wolverine, certainly the ultimate guide to the ultimate weapon.

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


Complete Digital Illustration
Complete Digital Illustration
von Lawrence Zeegen
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Diverse, radical, 13. Oktober 2010
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Complete Digital Illustration (Taschenbuch)
Länge:: 0:40 Minuten

This book serves as an introduction to digital artists around the world, with them sharing their tips, inspiration and background stories. There's plenty to read, basically it's like a thick magazine.

The book features more radical designs, not the usual fine art or editorial stuff. There are work from the different industries such as toy, music, fashion, many more.

There are collages, illustrations, vectors and lots of mix matching. Even though the subject is on digital illustration, there's a mixture of traditional medium as well, such as crafting and hand-drawn stuff. There are 7 tutorials which basically walk you through on how the artists create their work on computers. So this isn't special effects tutorial book nor does it teach digital painting.

It's a nice book with lots of experimental ideas into the style and way of creating art.

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


The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
von J.W. Rinzler
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 78,68

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing, 12. Oktober 2010
Länge:: 1:03 Minuten

This book is finally out after being postponed for a few times. It's actually 362 pages, slightly thicker than the previous book, The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film, which is already a massive book. It seems that no paperback edition is available yet at the launch.

Once again, I'm marveled by the amount of information packed into the book by author J.W. Rinzler. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of research and effort is needed to put everything together, after the movie was screened 30 years ago.

The book details the arduous journey in the making of the film from the first story conference up to screening, and to the film awards won after that. The writing is excellent, filled with all sorts of stories and quotes. You get to read about the technical aspect of creating the movie, the little tricks used to create something believable on screen - see how they use fiber optics for lighting spaceships, painting the backgrounds, fixing up Yoda, and much more including production diaries of how they shoot.

The pages are also loaded with concept art, sketches, storyboards, memos, film stills and photos. All well reproduced, very detailed. There are lots of fun stuff happening behind the scenes captured on camera.

While the book is pricey, yes, it's well worth the money. With so much material, it will take more than one sitting to go through them.

Definitely a "must have" for Star Wars fans.

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Note that in the previous book, they took out some content from the paperback edition. Not sure if it's going to happen here again.
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The Art of Drew Struzan
The Art of Drew Struzan
von Drew Struzan
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 30,49

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Filled with movie poster magic and more, 9. Oktober 2010
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Art of Drew Struzan (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Länge:: 0:55 Minuten

It's really great to see Drew Struzan's art in one wonderful volume. All those that I've seen before were in different making-of and art-of books, particularly the Star Wars books. This book has much more than that.

There are works dating back to the from the first Indiana Jones movie (1981), Star Wars (he drew for all of them), Back to the Future, Shawshank Redemption, Police Academy, Hellboy and a few movies which I didn't know existed. Going through this book made me feel like watching all those movies again. A very nostalgic collection.

The paintings are gorgeous, nicely reproduced, and many printed full page. Also included are many variations of the movie posters, both in sketches and colours, and all almost as detailed as the final piece.

There's some sort of magical quality in his paintings that evoke a sense of fantasy and adventure. Together with his traditional approach to art, he has created a style that's easily recognisable. Every page is a marvel to look at, to admire.

Besides the art, Drew Struzan himself provided some commentary on the background stories and working with people. It's all very interesting to read.

This is definitely one of the top art books for 2010.

You probably do not want to miss this fantastic book.

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