The Art of Ray Harryhausen (英語) ハードカバー – 2006/4/1
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• Harryhausen is the critically acclaimed master of stop-motion animation and has a huge following
• Publishers Weekly called Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life “terrific”; Kirkus said it’s “a must”; Library Journal said “Harryhausen is a geek god!”
• Lavishly illustrated and packed with Harryhausen’s own words and images
The huge ape of Mighty Joe Young. The fighting skeletons of Jason and the Argonauts. And, of course, the angry T. Rex of Island of the Gwangi. All these creations and many more, seared into our collective consciousness, are the work of one man—Ray Harryhausen. The father of special effects, Ray Harryhausen is revered among film historians, animators, special-effects designers, and everyone who’s ever seen his inspired stop-motion creations. In 2004, Watson-Guptill published Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life to critical acclaim and sales of over 20,000 copies. Now WG is pleased to present a companion book: The Art of Ray Harryhausen. Concise essays and lavish illustrations look at each of Harryhausen’s many specialties, including aliens, prehistoric creatures, mythological monsters, and much more. At last, fans of Harryhausen can see the progression of his work over time, in a visual celebration of his art and artistry.
'A splendid volume... fabulous illustrations' -- Jonathan Ross 'A delight, packed with super reproductions of drawings and models relating to a long, frenetic life in movies' The Times 'A gorgeous, sumptuous, coffee table book...enough never-before-seen material to keep any enthusiast happy' SFX Magazine 'One of the best-loved fantasy artists and animators of the last century...a perfect gift for fans' Publishing News --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
中にはオブライエンが好きだからと試し書きした「猿人ジョーヤング」が闘牛をする「合作」イメージボードのなどネタ的にも面白い絵も存在。「An Animated Life」と同じく、英語が分かんなくてもわくわくする一冊です。
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Chapter 3 Masks, mayhem and Monsters shows his experimenting with puppets and his mask making which he made with latex rubber and molds Chapter4 The Formative Years shows Ray experimenting with commercials like Kenny Key( his early work can be seen in RAY HARRYHAUSEN THE EARLY YEARS DVD VIDEO )Then he worked with Willis O Brian on MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. The full colour illustrations of Joe Young the gorilla show how expressive Ray was with his drawings!
In Chapter 5 Fairy Tales my Teething Rings Ray talks about his charming Fairy Tale shorts that are featured in RAY HARRYHAUSEN THE EARLY YEARS dvd video! Model sheets by Ray show Red Riding Hood and other characters before they are visuallised in 3 dimentions as stop motion puppets. As an animater myself I can only look at his work and realise the patience and persistance in animating these models one frame at a time! I find it enough work to animate hand drawn animation instead of models! The beautiful kodachome forest for Red Riding Hood to walk through is breathtaking to see! And the glistening gold in KING MIDAS is spectakular!
Chapter 7 ZEUS COMPLEX shows his visualisations of JASON AND THE ARGAUNAUTS and CLASH OF THE TITANS! I just watched JASON AND THE ARGAUNAUTS, THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD on DVD! The drawings of Medusa the Gorgan show how expressive Ray made her and also reveal a weakness in some of his work in that the monsters are much more alive and expresssive then the hero such as Perseus, acted stiffly by Harry Hamlin! Jason fares better with an army of skeletons and the Hydra both animated by Ray! Storyboards of Talos the giant statue towering over the ship, the Argo are powerful and intriguing! There are also storyboard drawings for sequences not used like Hermes taking Jason up to mount Olympus by a horse drawn Chariot and creature sketches for the unrealised FORCE OF THE TROJANS!
Chapters 8 and 9 depict THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD with the dragon from 7th VOYAGE with Ray holding it and full size drawing of one eyed cyclops centaur in GOLDEN VOYAGE menacing some men with a boulder!
The last chapter, chapter 11 Its fine stuff but it will rot in time" shows Ray preserving his models in bronse since his models were not made to resist the rigors of time! This book is beautifully illustrated , highly recommended!! R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen!
And though retired, we have Harryhausen now, still working away with his drawings ans sculptures into his 80's. A man who loves what he does.I can't recommend this book enough, save to say that the reproduction is excellent on all the art shown-pencil sketches, storyboards, charcoal drawings. It's so nice to see drawings as opposed to overrendered computer artwork of nowadays.
Of note is the "Inspirations" part of the book where we see some of the artwork by others that inspired Ray to follow his muse. It says much about the man.
The book is divided into the following chapters:
Setting the Scene
Influences and Inspirations
Masks, Monsters and Mayhem
The Formative Years
Fairy Tales-My Teething Rings
Aliens-The Epitome of Apotamy
'It's Fine Stuff, But it Will Rot'
If you are a stop motion animator I would suggest buying this with An Animated Life, Master of Majicks Vol. 2, Master of Majicks Vol. 3 (volume 1 hasn't been released yet) and A Century of Stop Motion Animation.