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The Art of How to Train Your Dragon Hardcover – March 2, 2010
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About the Author
Tracey Miller-Zarneke is the former Production Department Manager for Walt Disney Feature Animation and author of The Art of Kung Fu Panda, The Art of Meet The Robinsons, and The Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
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Flipped a few pages, and saw the unique style of Nicolas Marlet, flipped back to the cover and found that Tracy Miller-Zarneke is the author and the movie's from Dreamworks. Those three names instantly reminded me of quality art book The Art of Kung Fu Panda. I'm glad to say that this book is as good and fun. By the way, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois are the famed directors here.
Inside the book are more than 350 development artwork, including early character designs, story sketches, and concept paintings. The books is divided into three parts, the dragons, vikings and the environment with stuff like props and houses. Discarded art and characters are also included, like Hiccup's mother - who can cook a mean dish with dragon meat. Accompanying the art are plenty of interesting quotes and commentary from the production staff.
Nicolas Marlet and Simon Otto seem to be the lead character designers responsible for the concept art of the dragons and vikings, although a good amount of designs are actually from Nicolas Marlet. There's a wide range of wackiness and creativity to the drawings. The character digital paintings are great and the colours are really beautiful, kudos to Zhaoping Wei.
The environment paintings from Pierre-Olivier Vincent, art director, are beautiful. This guy really knows how to draw scenic yet precarious backgrounds like sloping hilltops, snow-capped sea arches and Dragon island which is like an ice-cream cone with molten lava as topping. Not only that, his tranquil pieces are also spectacular, National Geographic-spectacular.Read more ›
One quick note, I have noticed a disappointing style shift in the more recent Disney/Pixar Art of books and as a huge Disney fan I would say they could learn something from the variety of art and character design in this and other non Disney Art of books.
When I saw this film, I was in love with the way it looked (and I'm not talking about the CGI - though that was certainly wonderful). I love how the characters were done in a unique style and I thought "I want to do be able to draw like that!" I spent hours (from 3 o'clock in the afternoon to midnight) drawing, tweaking, yelling at ink pens running out of ink, and trying not to get eyestrain under the light of a dying bulb and I can already see an improvement.
I have plenty of references to go off of; from Toothless to Astrid to Hiccup - they're all there. I even drew one of my (leaner) characters looking like Stoick the Vast and it's now push-pinned to my wall! If I wanted to draw props and atmosphere (I'll start later - too lazy right now) I could because this book gives me many a reference.
Needless to say, this book has proven to be quite helpful in my endeavour.
It's also stitched, not glued.
First thing I saw was the quality of the paper,the weight is very poor compared to books like this, any other of "the art of" is quite better. It has 160 pages and is 1/3 slimmer than "The art of Up" for example.
And the edition: the order of the different sections, the composition of the images, the typography is a mess!. There are just a few sketches of night fury dragon, one of the main characters in the film, and it seems like they had to enlarge the images so much (one image per page) to fill all the space, really bad. And, I say again, it's really dissapointing to share on that way such fantastic Artwork.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful Book. The first computer had a manufacturing fault but the seller was fantastic going above and beyond to get it sorted. Thanks so muchPublished 4 months ago by Rosemary Smith
Our daughter flipped out over this book. She's 16 and headed toward an art career (storyboarding) and we all loved the development of characters in drawings!Published 7 months ago by Elaine M. Edelson
This is my third Artbook, and second from Dreamworks, is just beautiful! all the sketches and concept art and just EVERYTHING, is amazing! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Celia Maldonado
large collection of model sheets of all the characters especially dragons.Published 12 months ago by Profeta999
This is the first time I have purchased an art book.. Love the opening explaining the original author of the original book series. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Betty Boop