Transformers: 30th Anniversary Collection (英語) ハードカバー – Special Edition, 2013/8/27
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It's a celebration 30 years in the making! Relive the landmark comics that helped define the legacy of Transformers and read along with the creators that made these great comics as Jim Sorenson provides insight from a range of writers and artists that breathed life into the denizens of Cybertron. From Marvel to Dreamwave to IDW and other iterations in-between, this book is a must have for TF collectors!
The 208-page hardcover book is split into three parts covering the characters & prop designs, environment, and finally colour & effects as they are used in the shows.
The highlight of the book is of course the character designs for the Transformers Autobots and Decepticons. They take up half the book. The designs are really cool. There are some similarities with the other shows or movies that ran before it, but it has its own unique artistic style. Perhaps because the characters are to be animated, they appear to be quite organic in design, with more curves going on. You won't mistake them for other robot franchises. Fans will love this section.
There are plenty of characters to look at. And the book's quite big so they are printed big too. There are nice close ups on different body parts, props and relic designs. Transformation sequence art for several characters are included but unfortunately they are printed a bit too small.
The environment background art are beautiful but I felt that many pieces can be quite dark making it difficult to see the details or maybe that's to hide the details. This would be the weak part of the book.
The last part covers the art direction, talking specifically about the colours and effects.
Throughout the book, there are some lengthy and insightful interviews at the end of chapters. They include interviews with David Hartman (supervising director/art director), Jose Lopez (art director/characters & props), Vince Toyama (production designer) and Christopher Vacher (visual effects art director), and also captions accompanying the concept art. Lots to read on the production side of making the animation.
Overall, it's a good book to get if you're fans of the animated series, Transformers or robots in general. My quibble is the dark environment concept art pieces.
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"Transformers: Prime" was a grand reinterpretation of the ongoing "Transformers" mythos, using computer graphic animation. Over three seasons and a direct to video movie finale, "Prime" gave giant robot fans and lovers of animation an exciting adventure cartoon with engaging stories and memorable characters. It also created its own distinctive vision of the decades old war between "the peace loving Autobots" and "the brutal Decepticons." "The Art of Prime" is a lavish showcase of the creation of that vision, brought to animated life by a band of talented people from around the world, an earth-born "Team Prime." The book is divided into three sections: "Character & Prop Design," "Background & Sets," and "Color & Effects." Each of these sections feature chapters displaying page after page of wonderful art reproductions in full color or black and white sketches as well as detailed illustrations of such things as: drawings and multiple views of the Transformer and human characters, background paintings of such show settings as the town of Jasper, Nevada (the home of young characters Jack, Rafael, and Miko), diagrams of "Team Prime's" base in a former nuclear missile compound, and illustrations and schematics of the Decepticon's monstrous and massive starship, the Nemesis. The artwork showcased in "The Art of Prime" is complimented by occasional quotes from the illustrators, expressing their ideas and inspiration for the visuals they imagined. There are also interviews with members of the TV series' creative team, including: David Hartman, Supervising Director/Art Director; Jose Lopez, Art Director/Characters & Props; and Vince Toyama, Production Designer. These interviews provide the reader fascinating insights into the challenging process of producing an animated cartoon. They also reveal the love these artists have for the "Transformers" universe.
This 208 paged tome has a few flaws. A small number of the illustrations are printed too small to fully appreciate them and some of the full color paintings are reproduced too dark. But from the book's title page which features an almost iconic image of the noble Autobot leader Optimus Prime, taken from the episode "One Shall Rise, Part 3," to the stark illustration of the metallic world Cybertron, a two page painting that opened Chapter 5 of this volume, plus much more, "The Art of Prime" is a wonderful return to the saga of the brave robots and humans called "Team Prime."
For fans of the "Transformers: Prime" animated series as well as fans of animation, this book comes very highly recommended.
Long live Optimus Prime and Team Prime!!