Linda Sunshine is the author of more than sixty books, including novels, humor books, and other Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks on the films How to Train Your Dragon 2, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Mummy: Tomb of the Emperor Soldier, Angels & Demons, and Saving Private Ryan. She lives in Los Angeles.
The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2by Linda Sunshine
Filled with more than 300 images, the official illustrated tie-in to the second chapter of the DreamWorks Animation critically acclaimed Academy Award® nominated How to Train Your Dragon trilogy is based on the characters in Cressida Cowell’s bestselling series and features an introduction by the voice of Stoick the Vast, Gerard/b>
Filled with more than 300 images, the official illustrated tie-in to the second chapter of the DreamWorks Animation critically acclaimed Academy Award® nominated How to Train Your Dragon trilogy is based on the characters in Cressida Cowell’s bestselling series and features an introduction by the voice of Stoick the Vast, Gerard Butler.
Mirroring the style of the bestselling The Art of How to Train Your Dragon, this outstanding insider’s guide introduces fans to the creative process behind the film, from the story and the characters to the visual development art and animation, to the rigging, surfacing, and lighting. The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2 includes more than 300 concept sketches, preliminary drawings, architectural plans, and digital artwork that reveal how teams of artists bring the Dragon and Viking worlds to life with modern cinematic energy.
Starring the voice talent of the original cast—Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller, Kristin Wiig—along with Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington, and Djimon Hounsou, this action packed comedy adventure continues the story of Hiccup and Toothless five years after they have successfully united dragons and Vikings on the Island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds.
When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.
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A review copy was provided for an honest review. The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the perfect coffee table or fan piece. This book is composed of many high-res photos, illustrations, paintings, sketches, and storyboard drawings that are in beautiful full color. It shares a nice supply of visuals and quotes from the movie and gives readers an inside look into the making of it with step-by-step character animation breakdowns, and notes from the filmmakers. Included in the opening pages is a foreword by actor, Gerard Butler--the voice of Stoick--who delivers an exciting introduction about his experience working on the first and second features. This is a really great collectible for anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes process and animation of the film. It shares the creative teams experiences and ideas that helped give form to the characters and scenes we all love. It takes you into the landscapes, and the Nordic cultures that influenced the setting of How to Train Your Dragon 2. It also combines fascinating accounts from the DreamWorks crew, analyzes different designs and explains how the creators tackled the challenge of aging each character up. My only disappointment with this product is that the text is tiny and often made somewhat difficult to read due to the contrasting background colors. The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2 displays the stages each idea had to go through in order to become what viewers see onscreen. It takes a closer look at each of the Viking's designs, the cool dragons themselves, and other concept art. Throughout you'll find informative and entertaining notes from Hiccup and Toothless. It inspects all components of the animation, and opens up the world to readers to show objects, and the characters in much greater detail. Overall this book is a work of art on its own with stunning images, neat facts, and exclusive extras that all fans of the films will want check out!
DreamWorks does not skimp on any aspect of their animated movies and HTTYD is the best example in this medium. A great deal of effort is applied as shown in the preliminary renderings of dragons, Vikings, locations, etc. What I especially liked was seeing how advanced the techniques had progressed compared to the first movie, just as the characters had aged. This is a lovely volume as is its predecessor and both are placed prominently on my bookshelf.
All I can say is, this book was amazing. The art was incredible and the author did a great job of letting us in on the passion and dedication it took to make this movie. With detailed information on what choices were made and how they created such beautiful images, it really gave one an inside peek and truly made one appreciate all the hard work. For those interested in animation, this is definitely a must read and for any true fan of HTTYD! :)