There is no debate as to the sheer beauty of the visuals seen in Pixar’s films – from the animation to the lighting, each sequence is stacked with tiny details that warrant repeat viewings to fully appreciate. During the development cycle of the films, an extraordinary amount of conceptual artwork is drawn up by the talented artists at the studio. The film’s art books are the best in-depth look into the gorgeous art we would otherwise rarely see. After the break, take a look at the cover of the upcoming Art of Inside Out book! [Read more…]
Josh Cooley is a story supervisor at Pixar who has worked several of the studio’s films, such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Up, and even contributed a voice to the recent TV special, Toy Story OF TERROR! Like many of us humans, though, he has other interests as well. He has collaborated with Chronicle Books to release a great little book which celebrates famous moments in film through clever artwork. The result is creative and humorous – get a preview after the break!
As viewers, we do not get to see a thorough look at the behind-the-scenes process on Pixar films. Special features on Blu-ray/DVD releases and featurettes shared online give us but a glimpse of the years of work and thousands of pieces of artwork that are drafted up by those working on the film. The “Art of…” books for Pixar films shine a light on the concept art and other pieces of pre-production artwork, showcasing them on big glossy pages in a beautiful oversized hardcover. The art book for Monsters University is up next and its cover design was just updated with stunning new concept art, which you can see after the break!
Back in 2005, Chronicle Books released a Pixar postcard set in time for the studio’s 20th anniversary. The set contained 100 postcards featuring concept art from all of the feature films and short films that had been produced by the animation studio. Now, after a seven-year wait, Chronicle is set to release a Volume 2 in the series, with 100 all-new postcards with artwork from arguably some of Pixar’s greatest films. Find more details and the press release after the break! [Read more…]
One of the reasons why Monsters, Inc. is one of my favorite Pixar films is the imaginative world created by director Pete Docter and his supporting staff – the character design and architecture of Monstropolis are incredibly creative, bringing a unique bustling city to life on the screen. Back in 2001, Monsters, Inc. was the first film to receive the “Art of…” treatment from Chronicle Books, which has gone on to release a stunning art book for each subsequent Pixar release. After being unavailable for sale through retailers for years, the hardcover book is now back in print! [Read more…]
Amazon has a tendency to list items far in advance of their release, often giving prospective buyers their first look at book covers and descriptions. This weekend, our friend Martin over at Upcoming Pixar came upon the next installment in the great “Art of” series published by Chronicle Books. “The Art of Brave” is currently set for release in June and comes in at 160 pages. The preliminary cover art features Princess Merida clutching a sword and shield. It is, as always in the case of these books, a stunning look behind the scenes of the film. Take a look at the cover after the jump. [Read more…]
“The Art of Pixar: The Complete Colorscripts and Select Art From 25 Years of Animation” is a bit of a departure from the art books that we are used to seeing from Pixar and Chronicle Books. In being a book celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the animation studio, there could have been a number of directions to take this book. Spotlighting the films’ colorscripts, horizontal pieces of artwork focused on setting the color and mood of the various scenes, was a fascinating choice. Often, the most detailed or abstract art gets the biggest push in art books such as these, but colorscripts are the perfect way to display the scope of these films. [Read more…]