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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, May 29, 2010
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This review is from: Avatar: The Last Airbender (The Art of the Animated Series) (Hardcover)
Length:: 0:57 Mins

This is a wonderful art book for a spellbinding animation series. Making the series took 6 years, hundreds of artists, and hundreds of thousands of drawings. This book showcases a selection of some really beautiful illustrations.

There are loads of character and background designs inside, in sketches and in their finished coloured form. The main characters like Aang and others come with cool animation sequences created with pencils. Also included are many of the discarded concepts which were difficult to animate or doesn't suit the story. Appa had some really awesome spiral horns but were discarded, unfortunately. The character drawings are superb. Just by looking at their different expressions you can pretty much guess their characteristics.

Besides the characters which includes the town folks and soldiers, there are also drawings for many miscellaneous stuff like storyboards, airships, hybrid animals, wanted posters, promotional posters, chibi (or super deformed) style and random doodles from meetings.

Did I mention the background paintings? The world created is so beautiful!

The whole book is annotated heavily by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. They talk about everything on production, from creating the pilot episode to Nickelodeon approving the final season. You can see and read about their influences and inspiration everywhere, from Buddhism, Studio Ghibli, Gainax, Chinese martial arts, etc. It's very interesting to see how they apply what they learned from research to their drawings and animation.

This is a fantastic art book for the series and fans, which should appeal to anyone who hasn't watch the series. Good art appeals to all.

Highly recommended!

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Oct 4, 2010 8:01:10 PM PDT
Karris says:
Thanks for the outstanding review with video so we can all see the contents. Much appreciated! Based on the view I got I would get this.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 12:32:42 PM PDT
Lukas S. says:
So I take it there's no information about the creative process and workflow of actually writing the episodes, and coming up with story? That's a big part of something like this, so I wonder why so little of the big successes out there, and their creators, think to themselves "We should show some of those aspiring authors how we did it. In excellent detail." It drive me nuts!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2013 8:17:16 PM PDT
Parka says:
For that you would have to buy the DVDs with director commentary.
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