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The Art of Epic Hardcover – April 23, 2013

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TaraBennett is a New York Times Bestselling author and entertainmentjournalist. As an author, or co-author, she's written more than 20 official movieand TV companion books including Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector's EditionShowrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show, The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China, Fringe: September's Notebook (an Amazon best book of 2014), Lost Encyclopedia, The Art of Ice Age, and many more. Tara is also a contributing writer for SCI FI Magazine, Total FilmBlastr.com and is a U.S. editor for SFX Magazine. She is an adjunct TV writing professor at Rowan University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; First Edition edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781166978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781166970
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 25, 2013
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Here's the artbook for Epic, the film from Blue Sky Studios. It's 144 pages, hardcover, from Titan Books, whose earlier artbook was The Art of the Croods.

It's a nice artbook with character designs and concept art. The costume designs for the soldiers are quite stylish. There are a lot of interesting forest characters such as those inspired from bugs, plants, flowers and other insects, but unfortunately they aren't dedicated more space.

The illustrations are wonderful. I really like the colors of the sunlight in the forest. The environment art are pretty realistic in style as compared to the characters.

The writeup is an enjoyable read that covers the design process, talking about the characters and how they evolved and a bit on the research for their designs. There are some typos though.

Nice book overall, but the book would be more enjoyable if you have watched the movie.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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If there was anything I loved about that film it was the design and artwork. It was definitely the best thing Blue Sky has produced to date, regardless of what the critics say. There are tons of background art and character designs in this book, labeled by each character and each world so it is really organized. The book is beautifully designed overall, with a nice dust jacked and cover. Overall it stands a little taller than most other "Art of" animation books but it's the same length so that's nice.
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I just got my package on thursday April 25th and that night I read the book and I LOVED IT! THe concept art, character designs-even the environment and inspirations! Its totally amazing! :) I'm not one to collect artbooks only if their from favorite films I like or the design of it, but this one joins my Art of Tangled book on my book shelf! I reccomend this to all out there! This is a rare treasure to have in your collection!
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I love this book. I've always been into animation, and the process of animated films. This book is perfect for any artist, animator, or person who is into art. It has character designs, as well as background layouts. The artwork inside is just amazing!
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If you collect art books this is a must. I received it via Amazon as a gift. The artwork is as good as anything I've seen, and I have quite a few books based on animated films. I would buy this myself if I hadn't already received it.
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Almost a week after seeing it my father dropped hints about getting it for fathers day. He he I had ordered it before he even mentioned it. Its a beautiful book going through the process of design. I would say the art it was draws you to it because its an art book but, it really does draw you in. Its a great addition to the growing collection of art books.
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This book is the art book that I've been waiting for from Blue Sky Animation. Though the film was met with mixed reviews, this art book should not be. The writing is clear, concise, and interesting, while the art is flawless. The show a little bit of everything, which I always appreciate, perhaps even showing a bit more of the CG side than I've seen other similar art books, like the Pixar ones. Definitely recommended.
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The artwork is just fantastic--it's incredibly detailed, and the little bits from the art directors, producers, and directors explained a lot about some of the things that weren't entirely clear in the film. If you're a fan of Epic, you should own this book.
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