Crazy, Cool Concept Art
There’s just something about getting to see the sketches, color scripts, and storyboards of a really good movie or story, that fascinates me. I’m left looking at all these intricate details and small “masterpieces” wondering… how did they do that? Seriously though, HOW did they do that?
I’ve always been envious of how artists (cough, cough, some of my friends) can “doodle” and it comes out looking like a miraculous work of art. Then to see how many of these single pieces of art can come together to form a bigger picture. It’s so cool!
These books will give you an inside look at some of the coolest movies and stories out there, and maybe a greater appreciation for animation and art.
The Art of Big Hero 6
"This new title in our popular The Art of series, published to coincide with the movie's U.S. release, features concept art from the film's creation—including sketches, storyboards, maquette sculpts, colorscripts, and much more—illuminated by quotes and interviews with the film's creators. Fans will love the behind-the-scenes insights into Disney's newest action comedy adventure."PURCHASE
Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair
"Created for the Walt Disney Family Museum’s 2014 Mary Blair exhibit, Magic Color Flair is an authoritative collection of Blair’s life’s work—including the precocious paintings she made as a student at the renowned Chouinard Art Institute; the enchanting concept drawings she created for numerous Disney films; her lovely illustrated Golden Books, which are still treasured today; and the rarely seen but delightful advertisements, clothing designs, and large-scale installations that she devised later in life.”PURCHASE
Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair
"For the first time, this deluxe coffee-table book tells the remarkable tale of Blue Sky’s success, from its origins as a live-action visual effects company to its partnership with 20th Century Fox and reinvention as a driving force in the world of computer-generated animation. With exclusive access to Blue Sky’s archives and the exceptional artists who have made characters like Ice Age's Scrat and Rio's Blu and Jewel household names, this book takes an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at one of animation’s greatest success stories."PURCHASE
Here Be Monsters! (The Ratbridge Chronicles)
"Welcome to Ratbridge. But beware -- for there is skulduggery afoot. Young Arthur has fallen foul of the appalling outlaw, Snatcher, and is trapped alone in the town with every way home sealed. Meanwhile Snatcher and his men are working tirelessly in secret on a fiendish and dastardly plan to take over -- and destroy -- the entire town."PURCHASE
The Art of The Boxtrolls
"LAIKA, the studio behind the hit films Coraline and ParaNorman, introduces audiences to a new breed of family: the Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge."PURCHASE
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault: The Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films
"Dementors and House-elves, merpeople and Chinese Fireball Dragons—these are just a few of the magical creatures and frightening monsters populating J. K. Rowling's wizarding world. Harry Potter: The Creature Vault is a fascinating look at how this menagerie was brought to life for the blockbuster Harry Potter film series."PURCHASE
Star Wars Costumes
"For the first time, the Lucasfilm Archives is granting full access to the original costumes of episodes IV, V, and VI, allowing them to be revealed in never-before-seen detail. In over 200 new costume photographs, sketches, and behind-the-scenes photos and notes, based on new interviews, fans will get a fresh perspective on the creation of the clothes and costume props that brought these much-loved characters to life."PURCHASE
The Art of the Book of Life
"A tale packed with adventure, The Book of Life celebrates the power of friendship and family, and the courage to follow your dreams. This volume is an inspirational behind-the-scenes look at the making of the animated feature film The Book of Life, from visionary producer Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) and director Jorge R. Gutierrez (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera)."PURCHASE
Herge and the Treasures of Tintin
"Tintin is beloved around the world—and inspired Steven Spielberg to make a Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film. Hergé and the Treasures of Tintin tells the story of how Georges Rémi became Hergé, how his private life and interests influenced his work, how Tintin came to be, and what sparked Hergé's other delightful characters."PURCHASE
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