Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Art of Disney's Dragons

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Book Review - The Art of Disney's Dragons

The Art of Disney's Dragons

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About the Book
Imagine if one sketchbook had been passed down through the decades from one Disney artist to the next, with each one making a contribution before leaving it in the talented hands of another. That idea was the inspiration for The Art of Disney's Dragons. The drawings contained within this volume represent the entire range of dragon-themed development art from animators, live-action studio artists, and Imagineers. Inside find playful pencil studies of Mushu; color concepts on Figment (who was green before he became purple!); bold pencil layouts on Maleficent, and the latest character explorations of Elliot from the new Spring/Summer 2016 live-action film Pete's Dragon. Tom Bancroft, often recognized in Disney circles as being lead animator on Mushu the dragon in Mulan, writes the book's introductory essay.

My Take on the Book
As someone that loves Disney artwork, this book was amazing! The creative process was completely spelled out in how many of the iconic Disney dragons were created and you even get a behind the scenes look at some of the early drawings and renditions of characters that you know and love. I learned so much by reading this about how animators work, but also came to a better appreciation for the artistry behind the characters and the films that we see. This is a book you do not want to miss if you are a Disney fan!

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