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The Art of The Incredibles Hardcover – September 30, 2004
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Again there are tons of conceptual drawings, collages and pencil-sketches. Litterally an explosion of colours and talent! The text takes only a small part of the book which is great cause all of us want to see the conceptual artwork (we can always learn tons of info and trivia when the Special DVD set will be out).
Looking at the countless colour studies, again it is Mary Blair that sparkles behind them. It is so touching to see that this new generation of artists, that work with the latest digital technology have so much education and have studied the work of Mary Blair in such a depth that that to anyone who loves her work it almost feels like a Tribute to her amazing sense of colour and design (just check the drawing of the island and you'll see how similar is to the Neverland island of Peter Pan).
Personally I feel that this book is a necesary companion to the movie! All these treasures of the early conceptual drawings reveal another angle of Pixar, a more delicate and sofisticate side, that with the final digital artwork it can't be visible...
Congratulations to this fantastic team of artists and to their boss who give them the Freedom and the time to create all this awesome inspirational artwork!!!
I never saw something similar since Walt Disney left this planet.
The bookbinding is perfect (the Incredibles Logo is embosed to the front cover under the dust-jacket) and the printing is bright and great! A real 5-star artbook!!!
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Each artist produced concept art using different materials and style. There are collage, gouache, digital, marker, acrylic and pastel. Each drawing generates ideas and inspiration. You'll have no idea the movie was created for art so varied. There are no rendered stills from the movie.
The book touches mainly on character design and artistic direction of the movie.
If you want the process of creating The Incredibles, you'll want to grab the DVD instead. There are pretty comprehensive behind the scenes included in the DVD.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The Supers get most of the character design pages, of course, with a couple sketches of extras like the kid who sees Mr. Incredible lift his car in his driveway. All of these are drawn nicely, but more or less seem to be the finished design for the characters. When you compare this to something like The Art of Monsters vs Aliens, where you got to see the evolution of the main characters, it makes you wonder if they just went with the first design that was drawn, or if they just plain didn't want to put them in here for whatever reason. I was really hoping for some good sketches of Elastigirl and Syndrome, and only got a handful of drawings resembling how they look in the movie, nothing else. There's also a small collection of maquettes of the main characters.
But the majority of this book is locations, ranging from small rooms to the vast jungle The Incredibles are taken to, and the city where the rest of the action takes place in. Nearly everything is presented in large squares, and the dimensions are listed below the drawings.Read more ›
Sadly, this was not what the book delivered.
The art in the book is rough and garish. The few development drawings and maquettes that are included are overshadowed by the gaudy, cut-paper collage versions of the characters that are featured on almost every page. Of all the artists that worked on this film, only a paltry few were chosen to have their work featured in this title and after a few pages the "sameness" of the chosen work dulled any enthusiasm I might have had for it.
I must also agree that the art strikes me as very early pre-production work as it has very little visual relation to what wound up on the screen. There is almost no development or evolution of the characters or sets shown and little to no mention of how these rough versions became the final polished movie. It seems to me to be an illustration of one single moment in the movie's development rather than a comprehensive look at all the art and creativity that went into the film. And a rushed one at that.
This is an interesting coffee-table book, certainly something avid collectors would want in their library. But for those of us looking for an insight into the vast process of creative development in such a wonderful movie . . . I'm afraid we will have to look elsewhere.
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As Brad Bird and his team worked on creating the story and look of his proposed movie, The Incredibles, they created a wealth of different concept and character sketches, and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
This excellent book looks at the artwork which went into the production of the Incredibles, one of my favorite animated features. Read morePublished 13 months ago by James D. Crabtree
THIS BOOK''THE ART OF THE INCREDIBLES'' IS THE BEST IN THE SERIES, IT HAS MUCH ORIGINAL PRE-PRODUCTION DESIGN THAT IS HAND TO PAPER, RATHER THAN ALL DIGITAL... Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by dadaloco
This is a gorgeous book that does an excellent job telling the visual evolution of the Incredibles from idea to screen; everything from the original ink drawings to the digital... Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Jason E. Brown