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Avatar: the Last Airbender: Art of the Animated Series

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Avatar: the Last Airbender: Art of the Animated Series by Bryan Konietzko
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"Must Have book for any Avatar Fan"
5 stars"

This is a wonderful art book for a spellbinding animation series. Making the series took 6 years, hundreds of artists, and hundreds of thousands of drawings. This book showcases a selection of some really beautiful illustrations.

There are loads of character and background designs inside, in sketches and in their finished coloured form. The main characters like Aang and others come with cool animation sequences created with pencils. Also included are many of the discarded concepts which were difficult to animate or doesn't suit the story. Appa had some really awesome spiral horns but were discarded, unfortunately. The character drawings are superb. Just by looking at their different expressions you can pretty much guess their characteristics.

Besides the characters which includes the town folks and soldiers, there are also drawings for many miscellaneous stuff like storyboards, airships, hybrid animals, wanted posters, promotional posters, chibi (or super deformed) style and random doodles from meetings.

Did I mention the background paintings- The world created is so beautiful!

The whole book is annotated heavily by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. They talk about everything on production, from creating the pilot episode to Nickelodeon approving the final season. You can see and read about their influences and inspiration everywhere, from Buddhism, Studio Ghibli, Gainax, Chinese martial arts, etc. It's very interesting to see how they apply what they learned from research to their drawings and animation.

This is a fantastic art book for the series and fans, which should appeal to anyone who hasn't watch the series. Good art appeals to all.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"I adore it!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Exquisite presentation and detailed analysis within. Such a wonderful resource for those interested in the magic behind the scenes of a traditionally animated series. Thanks MightyApe for stocking such a treasure!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"SO GOOD"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This book is one of the best things I've ever bought myself. To be able to dive into the minds of the creators and have more information on where the show came from is absolutely incredible. The drawings and art are INSANE. Truly enlightening. This book will bring me joy for years to come

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Since its debut in 2005, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” has been one of Nickelodeon's most talked about and highest-rated animated series. Offering an epic storyline, engaging characters, action, adventure, and a powerful message about the importance of hope in a world besieged by war, it is also beautifully executed, harmonizing Western influences with aesthetic inspiration drawn from a diverse array of cultures, including those of China, Japan, India, and the Inuit. An unprecedented look at the concept, design, and production art behind this smash-hit, award-winning series, “Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Art of the Animated Series” features hundreds of images, most of which Nickelodeon has never released to the public, and chronicles the show's development – from the very first sketch through to the series finale and beyond! With extensive commentary from series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino.

Release date Australia
June 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
1 Illustrations, unspecified
Imprint
Dark Horse Comics,U.S.
Pages
184
Dimensions
235x311x20
ISBN-13
9781595825049
Product ID
6102993

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