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Shrek: The Art of the Quest Hardcover – October 16, 2007
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The pages are filled to the brim with art. Nothing less since it contains work from all three Shrek movies. They are arranged based on location, in an order as they appeared in the movies.
Included are concept art, matte paintings, sketches, character designs, storyboards and movie prop designs. By movie prop designs, I mean art like wanted posters, paintings, cupboards, signages and other items that are used in Shrek's world. Storyboard artists have drawings of Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots in their own interpretation. The amazing variety of style showcased is breathtaking and fun.
In between the pages are little booklets with more art. Everything in the book is well captioned from the perspective of storytelling.
It's a well worth wait after the three movies before this book was published. It's very inspiring and makes me want to pick up my pen and draw something.
Highly recommended for fans of Shrek, concept artists, production designers or people who just like art.
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The first thing you will lay your eyes on are some rare glimpses into Shrek himself and how the initial concept drawings looked far different than the final product. Among those providing some of these concept drawings is longtime comic book artist, Mike Ploog. All of the films major characters are covered including Donkey, Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots, Prince Charming, and Merlin. When you look through the pages you cannot help but be amazed at the intricacy of detail that these talented artists have put into their work. There's even blueprint drawings of the castle.
It's not all pictures, though. The book is filled with interesting anecdotes and comments from many of those technical wizards involved on the films. It's like having DVD extras but with a book instead! With the advancements in animation from the first film to the third, all of the characters were rebuilt. This was a tricky process as their well-known looks had to be maintained while being able to take advantage of the advanced computer technology. The crafting of the models alone was a remarkable undertaking, especially considering this was a 3D animated film. Models were made for each character in a variety of sizes and poses from full body models to busts. It's not all art though, there's a section of photographs showing all of the voice talent (Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, John Cleese, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Eric Idle, etc...)hard at work.
One thing about the books from Insight Editions is that you always get more than just a book. Spread throughout is little surprises that await the reader. There are mini-booklets which show additional storyboards and sketches; a mini-diary written by Princess Fiona herself; punch-out cardboard coasters, perfect for your bottle of Poison Apple Cider or Vipers Venom; a 10 page booklet listing the credits for all three films. This is a remarkable treasure trove of Shrek goodies!
It's a cliche to say it but this is a must have for Shrek fans and would make a great Christmas gift as well. Another wonderful book from Insight Editions!
REVIEWED BY TIM JANSON