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The Art of "Star Wars" "The Clone Wars" Hardcover – July 22, 2009

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Frank Parisi is the editor of Star Wars Insider magazine. Gary Scheppke writes Star Wars comics, including The Clone Wars titles and was the production coordinator on* Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Dave Filoni is the director of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and supervising director of the TV series.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (July 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848562314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848562318
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,505,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:24 Mins
This book is actually published by two publishers, Chronicle Books and Titan Books. I've seen both and they are the same except the price which depends on the country you're in. Chronicle Books is also releasing a US$120 limited edition as well but it's cheaper on Amazon. It comes with a white slipcase with 8 prints in an envelope inside the back cover.

The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a pretty thick book at 272 pages. It covers art for the movie as well as the TV series. The chapters are arranged according to the 22 episodes with the last chapter containing a sneak peak into Season II.

We have character designs, ship designs, storyboards, environment design, lighting studies, some film stills and plenty of beat boards (scenes featuring major story points). The artistic style and feel here are very different from the usual Star Wars art books since this is for the animated series. The characters might be a little over stylized but that's why it's done in animation.

A great deal of illustrations are digitally painted, to a point I feel there's an overdose and makes traditional pieces stand out by contrast. The detailed pieces are great because they have a hint of textures. The less detailed paintings look like a speed painting pieces with that blotchy feel. Curse the round-point tip brush! I guess I still like to see textures created by brush bristles.

The pencil sketches and other non traditional medium pieces are delightful to look at because they are more organic and the style is a breath of fresh air compared to the digital paintings. Many of the sketches come with handwritten notes from the artists.

Film stills are very few and there are almost no 3D models. This book really focuses on the pre-production concept art.
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I've had mixed experience with "Art of" books. Some of "Art of" books just contain a few movie stills. Others, especially for animated movies, contain far too much about the process of digitally animating the film. While the process of digital animation can be fascinating, I personally don't find the digital "skeletons" for animated characters to be visually appealing.

Fortunately, The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars contains a copious amount of genuine art. The book has a lot of concept designs, light concepts, and maquettes of characters and scenes from the film and every episode of the first season of the TV show. By far the most common form of art is the lighting concept, which the artists use when adjusting lighting in the final show. However, these are not simply stills from the show - they have their own unique texture.

One added bonus is that the book contains many of Dave Filoni's own drawings. Filoni has a very unique style, almost blurred. I sense that these are speed sketches to nail down character concepts. However, they have their own unique energy and are wonderful to look at. It's also fascinating to see how the supervising director visualizes Star Wars artistically.

The book does contain some commentary about the making of the show. There are some fascinating insights. I found it particularly interesting to see which characters/planets/story arcs George Lucas personally approved or pushed for. Unfortunately, this is an "Art book" and the short commentaries will probably leave many hungry for more. I'm sure Lucasbooks will publish a "Making of Clone Wars" when the series is over. However, I do hope they stick to the format of this book, focusing a few pages on each episode - each episode deserves at least some attention.

Definitely recommended for fans of the TV show.
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Another awesome Star Wars artbook.
I am amazed at the level of detail they achieve in the Clone Wars series and the level of attention to detail.
The art in this book, as usual for most of Star Wars creative books, is amazing and "impressive".
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This book is excellent for any Clone Wars fan. My daughter is a huge fan and is an artist as well. She loves this book. the illustrations are great.
It is a large book filled with lots of drawings.
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This book is excellent, not only because I think the art of The Clne Wars is one of the best of recent years, is also because I work in animation and desogn and I found all the pipeline that is explained here very useful and interesting for me. very recommended.
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I could find only one fault with this excellent and expansive collection of Clone Wars pre-production art, it only covers season one! Sure, there are a few pages teasing the second season, but since this show ultimately made it to five, I would have expected more books by now. Sadly, I think this is all we’re going to get. It’s too bad because this book was obviously compiled with great care by Parisi and Scheppke.

This book covers the genesis of the show, the subsequent expansion into a movie, and then the realization of the entire first season. It’s fascinating to see how a show of this magnitude is put together, from preliminary character sketches to fully sculpted maquettes, and from color studies all the way to the finished rendered frame. This is a solid piece of work, and anyone in love with the show should enjoy it, but be warned, it doesn’t make the cancellation of the series any easier to take.
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