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The Art of John Carter: A Visual Journey Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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About the Author
Born on Earth (Southern California) and raised in reality, Josh Kushins has always felt far more at home on distant planets and in faraway galaxies. He parlayed his far-flung interests into a film degree from Northwestern University before returning to Los Angeles, where he spent several years as a freelance writer working on all manner of projects from the core of the industry to its outermost fringes. Falling into the unfettered field of communications, he has worked steadily for various Hollywood studios most recently on the Publicity teams for Lucasfilm Ltd. and DC Comics.
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The art book collects the concept art for the film which includes sketches, paintings, 3D renders and film stills. The paintings look wonderful, especially the environment paintings which are painted in detail. The character designs come in the form of sketches and 3D models. There are even 3D models of the muscle groups of the Tharks. The film stills and photos are nice when used sparingly, as in this case.
Most sketches, such as storyboards, are by Iain McCaig. Those are fantastic, I don't mind this art book to be totally about his sketches. The other main concept artist is Ryan Church and his works are gorgeous. His environment paintings set the tone for the film. Even if you don't buy this book, check out his website for his art. Unfortunately, most artists are just mentioned in the main text but the illustrations are not credited individually.
The text on movie production is interesting to read and starts with directory Andrew Stanton's obsession of John Carter when he first read the book. I wish there were more commentary on the concept art though, especially on the discarded pieces that look quite promising as well.
It's a good movie art book. Lots to read and see.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The book is designed to give an overview of the various cultures, characters and landscapes included in the film. The only disappointment is that it was not much longer and even more complete, as the glimpses it gives of Barsoom are tantalizing.
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This makes no sense what so ever,this is a recent movie art book not a rare collectable.Read more