Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 13 of 39

Thread: Your favorite "Art of..." books?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    513
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 15 Times in 11 Posts

    Your favorite "Art of..." books?

    I've only recently starting picking up some of these, and I've had mixed reviews. I'm looking to pick up a few more, so I'm interested to hear what you guys like.

    Mine:

    Art of Star Wars: Episode III - Amazingly good. I loved the layout, and the blurbs that accompanied an image almost always had a really great anecdote describing how it came about. Its always great to hear what was going through an artist's head while he was designing something. The art is shown by the dates it was assigned - before there was even a script in some parts - so you get a cool look at the movie itself evolving as Lucas tries to figure out what the fuck he's doing.

    Art of Star Wars: Episode II - Bear in mind I bought this one AFTER the Episode III art book, so my expectations were very high. Unlike the Ep. III art book, this one had the art listed in chronology with the FILM - scene by scene - rather than when by when it was assigned/completed. The blurbs were disappointing, and rather than have the blurbs directly over/under the image in question, they were numbered - then you had to go find the impossibly tiny number hidden somewhere on the picture itself. Drove me insane. The art itself is brilliant, of course.

    Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell Sketchbook - Decent, though the descriptions of the images were amazingly skimpy. It sometimes felt like a Dick and Jane book written by Bizarro. "Julie and Boris draw unicorn art picture. They am good at art. They heart art!"
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    2,505
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 539 Times in 203 Posts
    A psuedo-"art of" book released by Design press Studio and Art Centre called "The Skillful Huntsman" goes through 3 weeks of faux pre-production on an imaginary production.

    3 very skilled artists who annotate their processes and scott robertson who also lends an insightful comment on every piece.

    I recommend anyone who's into production art to look into it.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  4. #3
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    USA, Oregon
    Posts
    411
    Thanks
    34
    Thanked 13 Times in 13 Posts
    Yeah any of the Art of Star Wars books are good. I also liked the Lord of The Ring versions of the "Art Of."

    I actually havent seen to many "Art of," type books out there, I like them though ...
    "As you may have noticed, Im not all here my self..."

    Give me some love! JARheads SKETCHBOOK of DOOM!
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    California
    Posts
    1,994
    Thanks
    91
    Thanked 241 Times in 65 Posts
    My choices are predictable:

    Art of Bouguereau
    Spectrum (10 is the one I have)
    Frazzetta "Icon"
    Brom's "Darkwerks"

    Trés Cuté Sketch Group
    magicgoo bluemech cwn annwn light dished
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    968
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    The Art of Star Trek is pretty neat. Great descriptions, great in-jokes, and great backround stuff. They even have some pages dedicated to William Ware Theiss, the guy responsible for the rediculously revealing costumes of the Original Series. The guy who was quote as saying: "The sexiness of a costume is directly proportional to how likely it appears to be that it will fall off some time during the episode"
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    555
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Star Wars 1-3
    Metal Gear 1-3
    the Skillful Huntsman
    Spectrum books

    though I pretty much like all the art books I have..those are my best of the best..definitely a lot more that I like.
    joemadfan.com I run this site

    nathensprings.net coming soon!

    My Sketchbook updated 3/27/06
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Newcastle, Australia.
    Posts
    1,149
    Thanks
    183
    Thanked 257 Times in 130 Posts
    I have the Art of Star Wars Ep. II, it's great to look at (though I hear you on the tiny number thing. augh). The Art of Halo, The Art of The Matrix, and The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring are also some of my favourites
    On a different note, I've also got The Art of Werewolf: the Apocalypse, an RPG game. Some really nice stuff from Steve Prescott and Ron Spencer in there.

    EDIT: Does anyone know if there is a Half-Life art book? I think it's called 'Raising the Bar' or something like that.
    Finn | my sketchbook thread | tumblr | Bēhance | gorillaartfare | whiskey, gin, and pints of beer
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    1,316
    Thanks
    105
    Thanked 148 Times in 107 Posts
    There is a Half Life one.

    Art of Warcraft
    Art of Guild Wars
    Art of Capcom
    Art of Street Fighter
    Imagine (Yoshitako Amano)
    Spectrum (I have 6, and soon 11)
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Posts
    2,250
    Thanks
    239
    Thanked 319 Times in 109 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by iolarnula
    Does anyone know if there is a Half-Life art book? I think it's called 'Raising the Bar' or something like that.
    Yeah, that's a good one. Although it isn't strictly an art book, there's tons of art in it. It's a great read, too.



    0kelvin
    www.WhereIsMyEyeball.com My portfolio! Go check it out!
    Sketchbook
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    48
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I'm in posession of The Art Of Halo, although without any other 'art of' books I'm lost for comparisons... I can vouch for the comprehensive illustrations, though - heavy focus on characters rather than locations, unfortunately, but every stage of the main characters' development is shown starting from Halo's concept as an RTS game. Great for alien studies.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  12. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    1,260
    Thanks
    48
    Thanked 233 Times in 68 Posts
    I think the only "art of..." book I own is the art of hellboy....filled to the brim with mignola goodness....
    Your favorite "Art of..." books?
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Berkeley
    Posts
    2,695
    Thanks
    296
    Thanked 639 Times in 171 Posts
    The Art Of Animal Drawing by Ken Hultgren See some scans here! Excellent for gesture drawing, charicature and basic movement ^_^

    The Art of Totoro What can I say? I'm a sucker for Miyazaki's watercolors and Ghibli's background art. Really, any of the Studio Ghibliart books have yet to disappoint me.

    The Art of THe Lion King Inspired me as a wee one to get into animation. Now that I look back on it, Chris Sander's concept art and color studies were really amazing in that book. Also check out The Art of Lilo and Stitch for more of Sander's goodness, there's some great watercolor work and linework of Nani
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    645
    Thanks
    24
    Thanked 54 Times in 51 Posts

    heres mine

    Spectrum
    Frazzetta "Icon"
    Brom's "Darkwerks
    Boris & Julie Bell
    and so many more I don't remember them all
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 10
    Last Post: February 10th, 2014, 10:39 AM
  2. art instruction books for "kids"
    By DaveyJJ in forum ART DlSCUSSION
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: December 14th, 2010, 01:18 AM
  3. SketchBook: Art_Addict :: """"""""""""" PRAHA DROP """"""""""""
    By Art_Addict in forum Sketchbooks
    Replies: 105
    Last Post: March 26th, 2010, 03:43 PM
  4. Replies: 4
    Last Post: April 28th, 2009, 04:34 AM
  5. Buying oils tommorow ?"Edit" Recommend me some books.
    By JustinBeckett in forum Artist Lounge
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: August 22nd, 2005, 09:59 PM

Members who have read this thread: 1

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • 424,149 Artists
  • 3,599,276 Artist Posts
  • 32,941 Sketchbooks
  • 54 New Art Jobs
Art Workshop Discount Inside

Developed Actively by vBSocial.com
SpringOfSea's Sketchbook