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Art of "Star Wars" "The Clone Wars" Hardcover – July 24, 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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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.
Each picture in the book has a caption explaining specifically what you are looking at and what the artist's name is. Many of the pictures also come with much longer explanations giving excellent background information, e.g., a particularly interesting write-up on the influence of Ralph McQuarrie. We hear from Director Dave Filoni a good deal as he explains the initial concepts of The Clone Wars and takes us through some of the changes that took place as the project came to fruition.
If you are a fan of The Clone Wars and enjoy the visual presentation, then this book is for you
Its a good source of information for artists who like a more visual absorption style book rather than one with alot of text. It does offer some insightful comments on each page relating to the development but manages to walk a good line and remain balanced.
Good book, you don't always get to see some of the stages of character design, but that is really my only gripe.
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".
It is a large book filled with lots of drawings.
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