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The Skillful Huntsman: Visual Development of a Grimm Tale at Art Center College of Design Paperback – May 1, 2005
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Khang Le was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1981. When he was ten, his family moved to Los Angeles, California, and Le immersed himself in the world of comic books. During high school, a friend introduced him to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. At the same time, The Art of Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out, and making a living as a concept artist for the entertainment industry become Le's aspiration. In 2000, he got accepted to Art Center, where he had the opportunity to refine his skills to freelance for various entertainment mediums, including games, movies, music videos, and publishing. He has recently graduated and is currently traveling the world and considering all of his professional options.
Felix Yoon was born in Pennsylvania in 1982, where he spent his childhood, and later relocated to South Korea. He moved to California as he entered high school. It wasn't until senior year when Yoon decided to take art seriously as a possible occupation. After high school he entered Art Center College of Design, where he graduated with honors with a BFA in illustration. He started working as a concept artist for video games and now works as a visual development artist at DreamWorks Animation.
Michael Yamada was born and raised in Pasadena, California. Originally intending to be a graphic designer, Yamada attended a local community college and changed his course of study after discovering a book of Star Wars production art. He transferred to Art Center College of Design where in 2003 he graduated with honors with a BS degree in product design with a emphasis on entertainment design. He has spent the year after his graduation employed as a visual development artist at DreamWorks Animation, and working on a variety of freelance projects. He also teaches at Otis College of Art and Design. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Skillful Huntsman is actually a story by the Brothers Grimm.
Based on the short story, the artists then came up with concept drawings for the characters, set, props and environment. As you can see in the video, there are lots of sketches on character designs. For every subject, there's comment from the artist on the thought process for the creation. And just beneath that comment is another one from the Scott Robertson, a teacher at the Art College of Design.
It's fun to see how the 3 artists interpret the stories and come up with their own unique concepts and designs.
Bear in mind that this book was published in 2005. These talented students have already gone on to work at major studios.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
It's important to note that this is not a book like, "The Art of Lord of the Rings" or "The Art of Star Wars," full of finished photoshopped paintings from the films. In this book, three artists and their instructor decided to turn the Grimm Fairy Tale, The Skillful Huntsman, into a sci-fi concept suitable for films, TV, or Video Games. The book includes the short tale, so the readers are familiar with the story.
The rest of the book breaks down the concept art for the project. The artists start with simple black and white silhouettes which are designed to catch the eye or leave an impression on the viewer. They move on to simple sketches, then facial drawings, and finally some finished work. Each page has a paragraph or two, describing how each artist approached the task. They talk about their train of thought that led them to the finished drawings. Their influences, their mediums, the function of the piece, why they drew the environment from that angle, etc...
One thing that you will definitely learn is that form follows function. Every sketch in this book had a good deal of thought behind it. The artist takes into account the impact on the viewer, the function of the item, and how it ties into the overall visual theme.
In this book, there are examples of sci-fi characters, organic environments, futuristic city scapes, and mutant creatures. It's a great book if you want to understand the creative process on a professional level and you can incorporate the silhouette, rough, sketch, final, process into your own work. It's inspirational and very creative. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn about visual development and concept art.
Of the MANY books that claim to be concept art, The Skillful Huntsman is, by far, the best I've found. Love love love.