"Art of" books: the case for them, and my recommendations

  • Pro SVS OG

    This collection is always on the grow. My favorites are

    The Art of Rise of the Guardians
    The Art of Ratatouille
    The Art of How to Train your Dragon 2 (lots of Nico Marlet´s awesomeness)
    The Art of Alice: Madness Returns
    The Art of the Boxtrolls
    The Art of Dreamworks Animation

    The latter has one major flaw in that it does not credit the images, but contains lots of art from films that have no "Art of" book by themselves.
    I also highly recommend the Disney Archive Series, with production art from all Disney´s 2D films.

  • Pro SVS OG

    @Kevin-Longueil I want this one so bad, but it cost 100 USD if I order it from here....I have occasionally spent this much for a book, but it takes some thinking over .... 😞

  • SVS OG

    @smceccarelli $50 for shipping! if there was any way i could ship one to you to save a bit i would have no problem doing that! I cannot seem to find one locally online for you at the moment though..not even Powell's books - i'll keep my eyes peeled though 🙂

  • Pro SVS OG

    @Kevin-Longueil I found one by the mythical StuartNG books (and where else?). If you do not know this shop, you should check it out:


    It is an internet reseller based in California that specialises in art books and comics and has literally everything you could ever dream of in this field.
    I have ordered from him several times, but the shipments costs are very high from the US, plus I often have to pay a customs fee. On more than one occasion, books were sent back or just lost at customs, so I have become very weary of ordering anything from the US.
    When I travel to the US, I can ask him to time the shipment so that it reaches me at the hotel - or just wait for a used copy to come to Amazon at a reasonable price.

  • Oh I love them all, they are so inspiring! love Collecting them. Tangled
    art of Rio
    Art of Loish
    Kung fu Panda
    The Book of Life! my favorite!
    Art of Frozen is the last one I bought.

    Next on the wish list is The Pirates and Boxtrolls

  • I also have many "art of" book! Love to use them as reference of simply look through them! My favorite is Art of Wreck-it-Ralph! I HAVE to buy Zootopia and ratatouille!!

  • One of my favourite art books is 'the Art of Kubo and the Two Strings'. Pages filled with art with the artists name underneath, descriptions of characters and their characteristics.
    They also have amazing spreads on thumbnail storyboards to really set scenes.

    I also love (although not an art of book) The Skillful Huntsman. Really amazing ideas these guys had, and they show you so many techniques of character design and how to start simple e.g. Using the silhouette approach. There backgrounds and scenes as well are amongst the most amazing I've seen, the detail, mood, and tone are fascinating and help create so much atmosphere.

  • I have some art books I keep looking at every so often, here are a few- Sorry I know some have been mentioned already:

    Spectrum Fantastic art books (I used to collect these when I was first getting into doing digital art around 2004)
    the art of Dreamworks Animation (amazing stuff)
    Harry Potter page to screen
    the art of Rise of the Tombraider (I wish I had the first art book as well but it was limited numbers or something and now it's crazy expensive to get a copy)
    The skillful huntsman
    The art of Alice Madness Returns
    The Chesley Awards (art to drool over)
    An old AOI Images annual from the 80's I found in a second hand bookstore (amazing quality of Illustration back then).
    Art history books- I love the Pre Raphaelites and Alphonse Mucha.
    I have too many books now, I need a bigger house.

  • An out of print book that can be purchased used is "The Art of Will Eisner". If you have an interest in comics, graphic novels, composition in any genre of art it is well worth a look.

    Will pretty much created the graphic novel and today the comic industry's Oscar award equivalent is "The Eisner Award".

  • Here are a couple of "Art of" books that I like that haven't been mentioned yet.

    Art of Journey
    Monster Hunter Illustrations (1 and 2)
    Okami Official Complete Works

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