Art Book Collection Batch 2
The Art of Tim Burton
I received this book as a Christmas present from Sony Imageworks for working on Alice in Wonderland. It is full of sketches and doodles from Tim Burton’s wacky style. This book is so huge and heavy. You cannot hold this book in one hand its so heavy. Unfortunately I didn’t get it autographed. They were talking about having him do it but it never happened. I passed by him in the hallway upstairs one day and I was so tempted to say “Wait right there let me get your Artbook for you to sign.” Maybe someday…
Elemental Magic The Art of Special Effects Animation
Attention 2D Animators if this book is not on your shelf then you better get this now! This book is amazing. Its pretty thick with information on how to animate 2D special effects (ex-water, fire, smoke, etc). Even if you are not interested in the elements this should still be a part of your collection. It will help you understand just how things move in 2D space in real life. Hell it will even help you understand 2D character animation better. I started out in 2D animation working on an episode of a show for an internship through school. I wish I had this book to help me get through the trials of it. It will capture your interest throughout the whole edition. It looks like the author is coming out with another book to this series. I for one am excited to get it!
Wendling Drawings 2.0
I just found out about Wendling about a year ago. Her art is just amazing. She is definitely one of my favorite artists. This book is filled with mostly her character designs for the productions she worked on. Its a bit pricey but well worth it.
I love and grew up on the Batman animated show. This book is filled with production designs, storyboards, etc. It’s really interesting to see all the steps that goes into making this masterpiece series.
The Art of Kung Fu Panda
Alright if you asked me what my favorite movie Artbook is here it is folks. I was blown away by this book. I have to say I am in love with the style of designs they chose not to go with for the movie. True it would have changed the movie if they kept it but man oh man these styles are just great.
The Art of Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace
One of the big reasons why I got all the star wars Artbooks is because of Iain McCaig. After falling in love with his Artbook I had to see more of his work. The costume designs and character renderings are the best in this book. Of all the three new star wars movies Phantom Menace is my favorite. This is a must have if you love production concept sketches.
Gollum how we made movie magic
I am a huge LOTR fan. Especially with Gollum. The dream is to work on the Hobbit. Unfortunately I wish the studio wasn’t in New Zealand. My first professional paying gig was to do mocap facial animation cleanup. So this really takes me back to all the trials that go into this process. The animators from the movie did an amazing job! I found this book at a run down used bookstore for 5 bucks!
The Making of Final Fantasy the spirits within
This is a great movie to watch with the mute button on. That’s all I do with it now. It looks amazing but dang the story is pure crap! The book is complete with the whole process of this movie going from concept art to texturing and on. I rely on this book a lot since what I work on is realistic hair, fur, and cloth. This movie was revolutionary for more than just that fact. I also use Syflex at home for my character effects which as you may not know Syflex is the baby of the program they used in Final Fantasy for cloth simulations. This is a good book to look at for realistic reference or if your just a fan.
Don Bluth Art of the Storyboard
I am a huge Don Bluth fan. I came across this at my local art store and was amazed to see it since this is a rare find. The book shows all that goes into stage planning to storyboards to look dev. I’ve been using this to aid in my comic book making. It really helps me look at appealing layouts and how light can direct a whole panel. The examples the book uses are great ranging from almost all of his animated movies (Titan AE, Anastasia, Dragons Lair, etc.) Only one that seems to be missing is Thumbelina which is a let down since I’m a girl and love that movie. You cannot find any art on that production. I even asked him about it at CTN. No dice. Bummer. This book is great to own.
Peter de Seve Sketches Book
Peter is just amazing at sketching. I am in love with the his style of sketches and the man knows how to use water color. I’ve seen a lot of his art in many of the Disney art of books for various movies this made me want to look him up and grab some of his books. This specific book is just his sketches and doodles. I would have gotten his signature if I wasn’t so scatter brain at CTN. I had shiny ball syndrome there.