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Carnet De Voyage (Travel Journal)
Carnet De Voyage (Travel Journal)
by Craig Thompson
Edition: Paperback
50 used & new from $1.91

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An artist's notebook, August 5, 2004
Before I purchased this book I expected it to be like his previous two graphic novels with an narrative storyline (Goodbye Chunky Rice, Blankets). Instead you get a diary collection of his journey in Europe as an artist. Though in the book he explains the purpose of his trip is to promote Blankets, and he did go through many interviews and photo shoots. But in this trip he brings the reader to a mature side of himself, whereas he shows his impression with other artists in Europe. With his skillful brushworks, Thompson is able to draw out little glimpses of culture and people of his visit. Overall I recommand this book to anyone that is interest in art or already an artist themselves. You'll find drawing in a sketchbook everyday is an illustration of your life, just like what Craig Thompson is able to share in this book.


The Art of Finding Nemo
The Art of Finding Nemo
by Mark Cotta Vaz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $34.05
83 used & new from $11.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of the talented artists of Pixar., June 23, 2003
This book is similar to the Art of Monsters Inc. However, this time you get more than just images but you also get small introductions and quotes from the artists/animators. The book starts off with an introduction from John Lasseter and Andrew Staton, both Disney veteran animator and Pixar founder. Then the book goes off with a frenzy of incredible concept art, drawings, sketches, character sketches, color definition, and storyboard. It is amazing of how much effort they put into the film. Prepare and be dazzled with Ralph Eggleston's pastel storyboards (director of FOR THE BIRDS)! You also get a full throttle of hilarious character sketches by such famous modern illustrators - Peter DeSeve, John Sohn, etc. Pages of incredible studies on sea life and color concept for the film.
This book is a perfect inspiration for any animator or film/animation student.


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Offered by Legendary Games
Price: $93.01
241 used & new from $23.35

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The game that deserves every praises., April 7, 2003
The series of Legend of Zelda has always been fun and unique in many ways, the graphic, dynamic of the gameplay, and simplicity of the story plotline. I don't know why this game is not fully rated 5 stars, but it really deserves a full rating score.
Like everything, judge it after you have experience it. So don't think the Wind Waker is some kiddy game without the gory of Resident Evil or the over rated details of Final Fantasy, think about if the game is fun. Isn't that what video games are focus on? GAMEPLAY ENTERTAINMENT! The Wind Waker is a game dedicated on its unique gameplay and break through (well, not so much) of graphic abstraction in game design. If you have played Ocarina of Time or Majora's Mask (previous game for N64), you will find similarities in WindWaker, such as the use of music notes and puzzles of getting the dungeon keys. But there are many differences as well, which you will have to find our yourself, no spoiler! The story plotline is interesting and surprising, but again...predictable. But hey! It is all about having fun with the game and puzzle.
So play it before you judge! Don't look at the screenshots and trailers, just rent it and play it. My feeling about the game is...it is like...playing a cartoon! Truly a state of the art gameplay.


The Art of Maurice Sendak
The Art of Maurice Sendak
by Selma G. Lanes
Edition: Hardcover
105 used & new from $1.94

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An illustrator, artist, writer, making the history., April 7, 2003
For many north american and japanese families, everyone must remember the legendary children book of their young age, "Where the wild things are" by Maurice Sendak. Well, Sendak didn't just draw and write his own children books. He did many other things before actually getting to the success he is at now.
The book goes in detail about Sendak's personal life growing up in Brooklyn, New York, from his very early stage of life as a Polish American child to his approach as an artist at teenage age. The author talks about his influence from his parents and siblings, as well their struggle to survive the recessive economy in America. The author treats Sendak as an artist, who explores mostly around the writings and illustrations of children. The book shows many rare prints and drawings of Sendak. How Sendak plays with art materials and his creativity into both pictorial children books and editorial illustrations. Near the end of the book it also talks about his plans and drawings for theatre art, especially the opera for "Where the Wild Things Are". Something not everyone knew about!
I would say this is a book for any illustration fan or artist to own. But don't get it for your kid, it is no children book, it is an artbook mostly aim for adults and collectors.


J.W. Waterhouse
J.W. Waterhouse
by Peter Trippi
Edition: Hardcover
32 used & new from $37.60

73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book fullfills the art., April 7, 2003
This review is from: J.W. Waterhouse (Hardcover)
This has to be the best book yet on the works of Waterhouse. Its got historic facts and stories about his young life to a successful artist in Britain. The author goes in depth about concepts and theories of how Waterhouse think in terms of painting and storytelling. It also talks about the other Pre-Raphealists that lived at the same time as Waterhouse; their influence and relationship to him. What I love about the most is the high quality of the prints. The book is big in scale and the prints are marvelous in fullfilling the space.
If you like Waterhouse or Pre-Rapheal artworks this is one book that you won't want to miss.


Disney's Aladdin: The Making of an Animated Film
Disney's Aladdin: The Making of an Animated Film
by John Culhane
Edition: Hardcover
43 used & new from $5.94

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome content and layout!, March 11, 2003
The book is light and easy to carry! That's what I love about it first. But then this is more of a book explaining the progress and experiences of the film production team. It has good interviews on great animators like Andreas Deja, Glen Keane, and many more. It goes in detail of how animators cooperate with their actress/actors, designers, and even business folks (yes, those whom actually owns Disney, ahem.... Peter Schneider). What really bugs me is the absence of concept art and development sketches. It appears on several pages of the book, but not enough compare to "The Art of..." books. This is a great book to get for any Disney or animation fan, but if you want reference and simply....to get inspired by awesome Disney art--you may think otherwise. Do check it out before you purchase it, but it is a decent book!


Walt Disney's Little Mermaid: The Sketchbooks Series
Walt Disney's Little Mermaid: The Sketchbooks Series
by Applewood Books
Edition: Hardcover
20 used & new from $375.00

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely sketches, but...where is the animation?, March 11, 2003
This is my first Disney sketchbook series, and I except nothing from the book (rarely anybody owns one). This book is more of a character drawing and sketches book, there is hardly any concept art, background design, color test, or development art. I myself as an animation student personally thinks this is a lovely book to have, but I wouldn't be able to use it for reference or inspiration. It is more of a collectionable item for Disney and animation fans. I strongly suggest you check it out before paying the big buck for it.


The Art of Hercules: The Chaos of Creation
The Art of Hercules: The Chaos of Creation
by Stephen Rebello
Edition: Hardcover
56 used & new from $23.03

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney take on Greek Art!, March 11, 2003
As an animation student, I just LOVE this book. It is full of colorful concept sketches, drawings, color thumbnails, and awesome storyboards. A really special part of the book is a collection of caricature sketches for the movie by Gerald Scarfe, an ink master of the century! If you like Hirshfeld, this is like Hirshfeld meets Disney.
There are few pages of storyboard, especially the beautiful color storyboard for the song "Zero to Hero". It is a true inspiration for any illustrator or animator. The character development sketches are really good too, though not as experimenting as the book "Art of Monsters Inc." (Pete Doctor, John Lasseter).
Overall, if you are a fan of Disney art, or animator, or even just an animation student like myself. GET THIS BOOK! Worth the decent cost. You wouldn't want to miss it!


Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland [VHS]
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Bad Wolf Buys
Price: $8.51
28 used & new from $0.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good animation but not as artistic as McCay himself., February 9, 2003
The animation is great, the background designs are awesome. But if you going to expect to fullfill your Winsor McCay quality expectation, don't count on it! The whole movie is rather just a long episode of a typical Japanese anime movie. There is no essence of the McCay magic towards it. Everything is just there for you to see and no surprises. The story drags way too long; the characters interact with each other more than actually anticipates in the events of the story. They talk more than actually getting the story going.
The music is not bad, but I could hardly hear what they are singing. And it is not as well written and scored as the early 1900s Little Nemo musical (rare to find!). It seems like they did the music because they need it for the movie.
It is a good movie to rent, but not good enough for any animator or animation fan to keep in the shelf. But this is the western society, the asian society might have a different point of view. Afterall, it is made in Japan.


The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
by Hans Christian Andersen
Edition: Hardcover
27 used & new from $1.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanted classical "pictorial" novel., January 27, 2003
This review is from: The Little Mermaid (Hardcover)
I read the story when I was 9, it was for school and I hated it. I always thought it is a girly book. Now I read it again with the fantastic illustration of Charles Santore, I know why Disney adopt it into a movie.
If you are looking for beautiful modern children illustration works, this is the book you have to get. Charles Santore brings out the mysterious mood of ocean merfolk, which is something missing from any other little mermaid illustrations I've encountered.
The book is a bit pricy but it is worth every penny. It is a classical novel with the quality of classic art.


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