As most illustrators, I am always on the look out for books that will show me something new and thought it would be a good idea to share my findings and my top books. Please feel free to make your own suggestions and share in the comments.
I have just discovered this world of movie books. Why aren’t more people talking about this in the illustrating industry? After stumbling a blog post on a review of another “art of <insert any amazing animation movie>” I quickly started searching to see what was out there. You know what I found? A lot. My wishlist on Readers Warehouse just skyrocket back up to 22 (only because they don’t stock the others books… and there are a lot).
Out of the top movies I really enjoyed the style, The Croods were listed as one of the best Art Books to invest in. There is art on every page of this book – and it is colourful, detailed and the compositions are amazing. I really learnt a lot from this book in terms of style and inspiration. There are also several pages that ‘flap out’ to reveal 4 page spreads of beauty.
As some of you know, I really enjoy the animal/creature side of things, and this book had some great mash-ups and styles. The movie had a few amount as well, but this book has everything that they couldn’t fit in the movie, including a zebra elephant, a Dodo rat, Quail frog and ostrich turtle. Who comes up with this stuff?
The first part of the book breaks down every character, from Sandy the munching baby, to Guy the hero of our story. It includes all the character concepts that didn’t make it, or let up to the end result, as well as the explanation to how they went from the roughs to the final illustration. The middle of the book covers each strange land that the family goes through. It really made me want to watch the movie again as there are so many things that went into the environment. They covered the original ‘Cave sweet Cave’ through the the Tundra. They have sketches and breakdowns of the type of foliage, landscapes and creatures you would find in each scene. The last section overs the actual animation, digital side of things, which I am sure would be really useful for any one interesting in going into the industry. Personally I just went back through the book again to examine the concept art all over again.
You know you are a true illustrator when you can stare endless at a single drawing from a book, just absorbing everything it entails.