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The Art of Brave Hardcover – May 30, 2012
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About the Author
John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award-winning director and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Brenda Chapman is the director of Brave. She previously directed DreamWorks Animation Studios' 1998 release, The Prince of Egypt, and worked as a story artist on a number of beloved films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, including The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Fantasia/2000. Chapman was also the story supervisor on Disney's The Lion King.
Mark Andrews is the director of Brave. He has worked in Pixar's story department on a number of feature films including The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and Toy Story 3, and also co-wrote and co-directed the Academy Award® nominated Pixar short film One Man Band. Most recently, Andrews was co-writer and second unit director on the Disney film John Carter.
Top Customer Reviews
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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.)
However, those of you who preorded the book (as I did) and don't want to know the plot of the movie need to be warned that there are major spoilers included. Most of the movie is story boarded in black and white and in color, and you will pretty much know the whole film if you page through the book in detail, as I tend to do with "art of" books. Again, if this is not a problem for you, its a great book and dig in. But if you want to stay surprised as too major plot points in the movie, I'd wait until after the film before opening up.
If you are interested drawings or talented with that, get this "The Art of Brave" ... and have fun.
The visuals in the movie are stunning and the story is fantastic. As a family, we all appreciated the message about listening to each other.
This book, then, is a wonderful companion as it shows the artwork of the movie and the pre-production artwork that was developed over the years that it took to make the movie. As a wanna-be artist myself, I like books like this anyway, but I especially appreciated how this book showed the interaction of how the art and the characters progressed. Characters grew and then the art would change accordingly, or the art would change and the character would grow to match.
I was pretty disappointed however, since I felt like they didn't include a lot of the concept art. I would have loved to see more of Merida and the main characters sketches and drawings that led them to what we have now. I received that from many other art books so I felt this one wasn't taken to it's full potential.
Really wonderful book however!
While this is a nice book I have to admit I was a little disappointed by the art selection. It wasn't as stunning or involved as the work for Tangled.
It really goes into the development of the movie, and shows us the work that goes into creating the artwork involved.
Thanks for the book and movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is awesome! It has rough sketches and concept art and is beautifully detailed. So worth it if you love this movie as much as I do.Published 8 days ago by Rayne
Beautiful book, I love having it on my coffee table to look through. I got it with the Pixar 25th anniversary color scripts and Wreck-it-Ralph art books.Published 16 days ago by NinjaNerd
Amazing. wonderful art from the next generation of Disney animationPublished 7 months ago by Welbourne F. Bronaugh III
My daughter picked this out and loves it. The art is fantastic and it's been really inspirational for her.Published 13 months ago by Robert Field