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The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure Hardcover – November 30, 2009
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If you're blown away by the visual quality of the Pandora, as shown in the trailers, you'll be glad to see that majority of the art in this book are on the environments. There are also designs for the plants, animals, vehicles and the Pandora inhabitants, the Na'vi. Weta Workshop is also roped in to provide some models and help in designing the Na'vi. The creativity behind the design and the scale of work is of course amazing.
The downside is there are only 108 pages, which is underwhelming considering that every set and prop in the movie is made totally from imagination. They certainly could have packed more pages but the price is also lower for that matter.
This book didn't include as much preliminary designs as I hoped, like the iterations they had to do to get to the final designs. The only area where there are iterations are the character designs for the Na'vi. The rest, like the flora, fauna, vehicles and sets look pretty close to the finalized designs.
Most of the art in this book look computer generated (not that it's a bad thing) and there are very few pencil sketches. Quite a few pieces created with mixed medium are a bit jarring to me, like mixing photos with digital painting for backgrounds. Again, nothing wrong with mixing medium but some of the styles just clash and calls for attention in the wrong way.
The writeup talks mainly about the design concepts and very little on the production. Stereocopy, which James Cameron is an advocate of, is used, but it's only briefly mentioned.
I'm intrigued that James Cameron actually wrote the script in 1995. But he had to wait until 2006 before technology was (deemed) advanced enough (for him) to make the film.Read more ›
It is a nice addition to one's "Art of" collection, but there are so many rival books that offer better value. The Art of Halo, a stylistically-similar book, is one example. Recent offerings by Design Studio Press might also appeal to the reader.
James Cameron and his crew should get in touch with the publisher immediately!!!! So far I have two copies of this book, and both of them have bad binding. The pages literally fell apart in the second week. I bought a second copy, but one of the centerfold spreads was sliced instead of folded, and again the pages are popping out of the book. Also the book cover jacket was not folded correctly. Being a published Science Fiction writer myself and noticing some problems with my own works, I was able to correct with my publisher on any problems... This book has major binding problems. Both copies were bought with three weeks in between so as not to get the same batch.
If not for the pages falling out, this review would have been a full five stars.
If you are interested in concept design elements of this movie, buy "Avatar, an activist survival guide". Many more images, including those of earth. Better presentation and softback binding that doesnt fall to bits. Whilst the text is entirely fictional and presents no insight into the creative process, nor does The Art Of Avatar.
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awesome book. sad that they didn't had a PR such as good as Disney's Star Wars. they deserved one.Published 7 hours ago by daniel iulian vijoi
Amazing work. Bought it years before and did not leave review.
Gives many fresh perspective on the behind the scene of the movie. Read more
Honestly there should have been more to the book, but I'm happy with what little artwork I have access to. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Emma Florian
Nice book. It's ok. Don't have too many concepts, drawings or illustrations.Published 9 months ago by Wilfredo A. Delgado
I thought the book was a little too short. Was expecting more enviroment and creatures art, some great animals of the movie like the banshee or the toruk are barely shown. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Horácio Neto