The Art of Aardman

 

The Art of Aardman is a really fun book that I am really happy to review. It has tons of production artwork and loads of behind the scenes sculptures and set pieces that have tons of character and detail. My favorite chapter is "An eye for every detail", which shows the amazing detail they put into every environment. Each prop and accessories tells a story and the amount or research they do to make those things have so much character and believability is astounding and makes the films have much more depth and enhances the story telling. The only thing I wish is that it had a lot more pages because I wanted more.  I do understand that not to long ago the Aardman Studios actually burned down so maybe what we have here in this book is all that was left to show, who knows...  Here's hoping they make an " Art of Early Man" Aardman's next stop motion film due out next year which look awesome.


I give the books an awesome 4.7 out of 5

The Color of Pixar

 

The Color of Pixar is a how Pixar uses color to make their audience feel different emotions both highs and lows and everything in between by what type of colors is most prevalent in the scene at the time. How they do this is by using a color script to help map out the various types of colors or feelings they want to convey throughout the film.   This boos has 343 film stills from all of Pixar's films up to Finding Dory with a color border reflecting the prominent color in the film still. The pages are organized to see a full spectrum of color starting with bright white stills seamlessly flowing through the many colors of the rainbow all the way to black.  It has few words other than the Forward by John Lasseter and the Introduction by Tia Kratter, which is great for an art book in my opinion. This book is kind of an enigma to me, because I don't really see the demand or even a want for this type of a book unless you want to be a color script artist which there are very few jobs out there.


I give the book a 2 out of 5

The Art Of Cars 3




The Art of Cars 3is big on storyboards and light on character designs, which is to be expected due to most of the characters being fleshed out except a few new characters that appear in the show.  This book is great for those who are into storyboarding and seeing a behind look at how much work goes into it.  They even take time to discuss different camera angles and staging that should be usedin their storyboards. All in all I was a bit disappointed in this book because of the lack of artwork.  It felt like they were running out of  the type of artwork that I love to see.


I give the books a fun 2.5 out of 5

The Art Of Moana


 


The Art of Moana has lots of great, from some well know artists. I really enjoy this book because it has lots of designs and expression sheets of most of the main characters. Out 0f the 160 pages there are a good 54 pages of hand drawn character designs from some of my favorite artists like Borja Montoro, Bill Schwab, Jin Kim, Bobby Pontillas, and many more.  The rest of the pages have mostly layouts and pre-production artwork for the environment and props as well as a few pages of storyboards.  Overall I am pretty happy with this book.

I give the books a fun 4.5 out of 5

Video of Sergio Pablos giving 8 Great Character Design Tips.

Here is hoping Sergio continues to produce these amazing videos... If I were you I would subscribe to there YouTube channel so you don't miss a future video.

Designing with Pixar: 45 Activities to Create Your Own Characters, Worlds, and Stories



Designing with Pixar: 45 Activities to Create Your Own Characters, Worlds, and Storiesother than it having one of the longest titles of a book I have reviewed, it is a perfect book for any child wanting to become a character designer.  It leads the artist by the hand with fun activities using color, shapes, characters,worlds, and your own stories. It gives examples of the how Pixar uses these subjects to create unforgettable characters.  It has many pictures to inspire artist before it asks youexplore their own imagination in creating characters based on the subject matter that is being discussed in each chapter.

I give the books a fun 4.3 out of 5

Sketchtravel

  

 Sketchtravel is an awesome book I have to say.  So many of my favorite artists have created some amazing pieces of work for this one time book.  Each artist was free to do whatever they liked, which made each page a fun surprise and very unique subjects and very different art styles.  Here are just a few of the71 artist that contributed to this really neat book. Pierre Alary, Andrea Blasich, Lorelay Bove, Scott Campbell, eter De Seve, Ronnie Del Carmen, Paul Felix, Carter Goodrich, Juanjo Guarnido, Glen Keane, Nicolas Marlet, Bill Presing, and even Hayao Miyazaki.

For more information about the book check out the website here - http://www.sketchtravel.com/

I give it an amazing 4.7 out of 5

The Art of Planes

 

The Art of Planes  has a ton of great pictures, from concept to final designs.  I was not a big fan of the movie, but this book is well worth the price especially if you like planes and even some automobiles as well.  Although most of the book has lots of background paintings and fully rendered digital paintings of scenes from the film, it really is worth the price.
 I give it a good 4 out of 5
 

The Art of Sanjay's Super Team is a fantastic art of book, especially when you consider it's the art book for a Pixar short that played before The Good Dinosaur. It's out of the ordinary to devote an art of book to a short, but I am so happy they did.  This book has many great pictures and a lot of character designs in its 130 pages. What's awesome too, is that it is only  $15.35 at Amazon right now.  Well worth the price in my opinion. 


I give it 4.6 out of 5

Below is a fun video about the making of The Art of Sanjay's Super Team




The Art of Finding Dory

 

With The Art of Finding Dory I should have realized that most of that underwater world was fleshed out and created from the first film Finding Nemo.  So when it comes to character designs, there is about 20 pages out of 176.  With in those pages they show the designs of the new characters and don't double dip from the previous art book The Art of  Finding Nemo which is a good thing.  The main focus however is on set design and storyboards.  So it's a great book if you love that kind of stuff.  I am surprised at the decisions these latest Art of books have made to have such a big focus on set design and background layout.  Gone are the days where half or most of the book has butt loads of character designs and pre-final designs.

Please don't get me wrong I appreciate all the artwork that goes into creating these wonderful films, but I go to the movies to watch stories about characters and not so much about the scenery.  Which is why I personally wish they would focus more about the art of the characters and not so much about the seaweed like in this book...  By the way you can get this book really cheap right now on Amazon.  The hardcover is cheaper than the Kindle version.

I give it 2.0 out of 5

The Art of Big Hero 6

 

The Art of Big Hero 6 is an awesome book. This book is chuck full of character designs.  out of 160 pages, 60 pages are dedicated to character design.  If you are a fan of Jin Kim, Shiyoon Kim, and Lorelay Bove like me, you will love this book.  I really like how they went through to talk about the overall look and feel of each character.  I also love that they showed tons of designs that were not used both heroes and villains.  I this to me is the best part because I like to see the artists exploring and trying new things before they become "Disneyfied".  For example on page 142 they show the designs of some female villains called the Fujitas.  It's three girls who look like Geisha on roller skates while chewing on razor blades,  and having a Medieval Spiked Battle Flail a bat with nails coming out of it for weapons.  Here's hoping that they will use those Fujitas for the next Big Hero 6 film.  But for some reason I don't see that happening.
I give it a very AWESOME 4.8 out of 5

The Art of Kubo and the Two Strings

 

The Art of Kubo and the Two Strings is a wonderful art book if you like set design, layout, and background artwork.  As for character designs there is too few and far between.  The book contains 160 pages, and about 1/10 of those pages has drawings of the characters and most of them are of the final designs of each character. Rather than show lots of drawings of them creating and experimenting with the designs which most artists love to see.  The book has lots of artwork, but I was really sad to see such little attention to the characters and an overload of attention to set design, layout, props, and background paintings. 

I give it 2.5 out of 5

Do you think you’ve seen it all from The SPA Studios?


SPA Studios will be sharing a lot of their amazing artwork that they have been creating over the next "days, weeks, and even months" as they said...  So head on over there and see what they will continue to share.  Here's the website -  http://thespastudios.com/blog/