Friday, October 17, 2008

LA <> SF

LA<>SF A Sketchbook From California by Christian Schellewald.
Sketchbooks are pretty big these days so here's a really good one published by Design Studio Press. I really admire this guys skills in drawing while riding in a car- personally I get seasick when I draw or read, but Mr Schellewalds got no problems. Probably because he seemingly has his sketchbook litteraly ALWAYS. This guys the real deal and always inspires me to have my skecthbook with me absolutely at every moment.
Here are some favorite pages, note the beer labels pasted on pages that appear often. Nice.

HC 128pgs ISBN: 1-9334-9210-4
$29.95 Design Studio Press

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Dream Worlds

Dream Worlds; Production Design for Animation, by the prolific Hans Bacher.
I just picked up this book and I cant recommend it enough for anyone with an interest in animation, even the seasoned vets of the industry will find new tips, be reminded of some old ones, and hear some fascinating anecdotes of the second golden era of Feature Animation- the Late 1980s and 1990's. If you were like me, you were catching these films such as Mulan and Beauty and the Beast on their opening days and fantasizing about the future when you'd have opportunities to work on such masterpieces. Hans Bacher was there and with quite a bit of candidness writes about both the difficulties and triumphs of each project.
Along with those stories, he breaks down the pipeline for the production designer into easy to understand chunks and even has sections explaining what makes a good composition and notes on camera lenses etc. etc. Many of his own production paintings are included- and as a bonus- Bambi backgrounds he pulled from dvds via capture software (great idea!). Most of these actual backgrounds are long gone and the few that remain consist of multiple sheets of painted glass making reproduction difficult. Those Bambi background paintings are some of the finest to ever grace the silver screen. AMAZING!

Dream Worlds
ISBN # 978-0-240-52093-3
208 pages

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tekkon Kinkreet Art Book White Side

Its more than time for me to review this pair of books that Ive been sitting on for more than a year now- Tekkon Kinkreet, or Black and White, by the extremely talented artist, Taiyo Matsumoto is a three volume comic book that was originally released by Shogakukan and rereleased in 2000 by Viz. In 2007 it was brought to the big screen by director Michael Arias, who is well known for his work on The Animatrix. This two book set details the background paintings from this amazing film. Apparently some people were disappointed by the film, but for me its stands out as my all time favorite animated feature. Not to mention this being my all time favorite film, these two books also represent my all time favorite art books. This one in particular, "The White Side" is nearly entirely all full color paintings of the black and white pencil layouts contained in the First book of the pair; "The Black Side" which is reviewed below.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tekkon Kinkreet Art Book Black Side

This is the first book in the set, Tekkon Kinkreet Black Side. This fantastic volume contains a handful of pre-vis paintings and a whole lot of the pencil layouts that went into developing the final background paintings contained in the second volume, Tekkon Kinkreet White Side.