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The Art of "Star Wars" "The Clone Wars" Hardcover – July 22, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Fans of the TV show will love it. Big and colorful, fun to flip through.Published 6 months ago by Daniel R. Taylor
I love it, its in great condition and bigger than I thought it would be.Published 13 months ago by Katrina W.
A truly beautiful book and a must have for Clone Wars fans and Star Wars fans in generalPublished 15 months ago by Darth Marchosias
This is a fantastic artbook with lots of great sketches and other behinds the scenes imagery. Definitely a good buy for any star wars fan or artist looking for some good star wars... Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by James M.
This book had everything that I was looking for. Very good examples of the the art and conceptual drawings. Great reference material and inspirational.Published on November 4, 2013 by Bruce S. Walshe
I must say that the art in the book is pretty good, but I was VERY disappointed in how very little of the characters were in this book. Booooooooo....Published on November 24, 2012 by Jettarica
The 'coffee table book' showcases TCW series from concept to art. Good quality paper and print. A must-have for all TCW fans!Published on March 27, 2012 by mrchange