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The Legend of Korra: Air (The Art of the Animated) Hardcover – July 16, 2013
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The Legend of Korra: Book 1 - Air, The Art of the Animated Series is a nice addition to that experience. It's as good as the first art book Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Art of the Animated Series.
The cover art is different from the original product image. It has Korra looking rather too serious.
The book features development art from all the 12 episodes in Book One: Air. There are designs for the main characters, followed by the Republic City and its inhabitants and then we have art from each episode in order.
Character designs form the bulk of the book. There's Korra in different outfits, including those from Pro-bending gear, and also the cute four-year-old Korra. There are lots of line art and also coloured versions for the characters. Other characters are Tenzin and his family, Lin Beifong, Amon, Katara, and about most of the characters that appear in the episodes.
The environment art are beautiful. The buildings and sets have a mix of oriental, industrial and European style. The world has changed since Aang was the Avatar. You'll see some connection to the past, for example, with Avatar Aang Memorial Island. Overall, the world feels very different because it has evolved. My favourite piece is the aerial painting of Air Temple Island that appears towards the end.
The last few pages have some pretty cool miscellaneous art, such as the classic Avatar characters in their adult form, and also other characters drawn in non-animation style.
Throughout the book, commentary is provided by creators Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko and director Joaquin Dos Santos. They give illuminating insight to the designs and stories.
Highly recommended to fans of the series, and those who like animation or character art.
It's one of my 2013 favourite artbooks.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I was very happy to hear that the Korra artbooks were finally available for digital download. Sadly, it was a major let down. The contents of the book are beautiful, the visuals are stunning, but all of it is useless unless you can actually ZOOM in to see the details of the drawings. And since this version locks the images in place, it makes informational text illegible. For 16 dollars, this is inexcusable. The whole point of the artbook is to see these things, and not being able to zoom/read text makes the artbook a waste of money.
As for the book itself: it is beautiful! It shows various artworks of each character, backgrounds, story boards, and everything a Korra fan could ask for. My favorite is the character expressions sheets. They are so lifelike. If you are a fan of the series, or need inspiration for your own animation career, I definitely recommend buying the physical copy of this book. You won't be sorry.
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