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The Art of Discworld Hardcover – September 30, 2004
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In addition to the artwork, there is also running commentary by Terry Pratchett on the many people, creatures, and places in Discworld. He provides interesting new insights on the conception and evolution of his creations and describes how his mental visualization of them compares with Kidby's execution. Kidby also adds his own comments on why he depicts the characters the way he does.
There are so many treasures in this book! There's Death dressed as the Hogfather. There's Angua in her human and wolf forms. There are depictions of the Librarian that show the man within the orangutan skin. There's a sketch of Twoflower that's a perfect rendition of the first Discworld tourist. Let's not forget the cosmos-scarred Great A'Tuin, bearing the weight of four elephants and a flat planet on his mighty back. I could go on and on, but I won't. You have to see these amazing illustrations for yourself. This is a must-have for a Discworld fan's collection.
Of course we don't just see Kidby's take on everybody from Lord Vetinari to Granny Weatherwax to Foul Ol' Ron, this volume also includes many notes from Terry Pratchett himself. Pratchett's notes make up the main body of the text and often Kidby's comments follow in italics. I especially enjoy seeing the evolution of different characters as when Terry reveals that Guards, Guards! wasn't intended to start a whole series of City Watch books. Rather he says that he wanted "to give them a moment in the sun, but it turned out to be a full tropical holiday."
One of my favourite illustrations is the one of Death as the Hogfather. I think the spirit of Death (and 'Pixie Albert') is perfectly captured with the grinning skull. Throughout the volume are many excellent full colour illustrations such as this as well as a number of sketches and line drawings.
I still imagine Discworld characters when I read a novel, but with this volume I can delve in a bit deeper and see them in new situations. Where else will you see apt parodies of The Scream, The Mona Lisa, or Rembrant's Night Watch?
If you're a long-time Discworld addict then your collection should not be without this volume. However, if you are a newcomer then beware. You're sure to enjoy the illustrations, but they and the text will spoil many of the previous books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not really a 'story'. If you like Kidby's art, you'll be happy, if not, well, not.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book, I love the art. My husband is a huge Terry Pratchett fan and he loved this book. He got to explain all the characters from his favorite stories to me. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Carolyn
Twas a great show of Paul Kidby's work. I loved the way it was put together according to the discworld map. I only wish there was more!Published on July 22, 2013 by Thea
I love every bit of artwork in this book. If you're a Pratchett fan, this is a MUST HAVE! Seriously.Published on November 25, 2012 by X. Narvaja
I got it for my cousin as a present... He's a WAY bigger Terry Pratchett fan than I am and he LOVED it. We both did...
And the artwork is beautiful!
You know that feeling of browsing through old holiday snapshots? That melancholic feeling of those great times of the past. Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by Geert Daelemans