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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely art book, May 23, 2012
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This review is from: The Art of Brave (Hardcover)
Length:: 1:16 Mins

(Spoiler alert! Spoiler in the video starts from 1s)

This is a lovely art book for the movie Brave. This is number 13 for Pixar if anyone's counting.

The book's 160 pages and it's all filled with art and commentary. The concept art is great and you can really feel that everything really fits well together, the characters, the landscape and the stories. There are character designs, environment drawings, sculpts, storyboards and colorscript.

This is Pixar's first period film. The environment designs are a bit dark but that's because the movie is set in ancient Scotland. It's interesting to see a mythical and worn landscape as designed for animation. The colour choices are quite muted, perhaps to give more contrast to Merida.

The characters and art are delightful to look at. They are so full of personality. They have all sorts of characteristics and shapes that make them stand out. There are a few pages of storyboard sequences that are really great, even without words you know the chemistry between the characters and how they are feeling.

Steve Pilcher is the production designer and there's a lot of his charming drawings included. His pencil drawings really beautiful and dimensional. They really bring the characters and places to life. Other artists included are Carter Goodrich, Steve Purcell, Noah Klocek, Matt Nolte and more.

The book doesn't really talk about the story as a whole, but the text do cover the characters and their development. So there's bits and pieces of spoilers throughout.

Overall, it's a wonderful book put together by author Jenny Lerew. It's a good read with great art.

Highly recommended for fans of Pixar and animation art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Initial post: May 24, 2012 8:56:00 AM PDT
Where's the video review, Parka? Many times your review, with video, determines if I buy a book or not!

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 9:07:54 AM PDT
Parka says:
Sometimes Amazon takes longer to process the video before it appears.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 11:58:34 AM PDT
Hey! There it is! Thanks Parka - I consider you my most valuable Amazon resource when it comes to art books.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 7:18:36 AM PDT
Honey Copper says:
And I second President Kang: your book reviews are the deciding factor in whether or not I'll buy a book. It's great to know what it is you're buying :)
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