The Art of Robots (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/12/30
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Amid Amidi is the publisher and editor of the highly acclaimed magazine Animation Blast and co-founder of the animation industry weblog CartoonBrew.com. In addition to writing, Amid works in the animation industry. He lives in Los Angeles.
William Joyce is the producer and production designer of Robots. He is also the celebrated author and illustrator of several award-winning, best-selling classics beloved by children and adults alike. Two of Joyce's characters have been developed into television shows: George Shrinks and Emmy Award-winning Rolie Polie Olie. He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Chris Wedge is the director of Ice Age and the Acadamy-Award winning short Bunny. He is co-founder and vice president of Creative Development at Blue Sky Studios. Wedge has also directed the character animation sequences for the Warner Bros./Geffen Films Production Joe's Apartment and supervised the creative teams for several other feature-length films. He lives in Katonah, New York.
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There's lots of character and set design. Interestingly, there are pages with characters and photos of materials they used for texturing their 3D models. Tips are given on how texturing is approached on the film.
You'll see characters evolve from pencil drawings to 3D models and clay. They have included a few photos of rendered models without colours and textures, which I thought was quite cool.
Hundreds of drawings fill the pages. You won't see a lot of movie stills, which is great, of course.
Blue Sky Studio takes you through the process of creating and art directing the design of the movie. It's well worth the money for any artbook collectors. There's plenty to read and look at.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
My biggest problem with "Art of" books is when they show too much finished film imagery. Why would I buy a book with the same images from the movie? I want to know where the film came from, not where it ended up. Art of Robots shines in this respect. In only a few places will you find actual images of the finished CG renders. The rest are raw, traditional works of art that give valuable clues into the films development. I especially like the pages that show a painted character and the photographs used to reference their color and texture for the film. Great information on the film-making process at Blue Sky.
Despite the obvious shortcomings in the film's story, this book stands on its own as one of the better "Art of" books I have seen. A real honor for all the artists who poured their talent into this film.