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This sumptuous book celebrates the creative vision of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It is packed with more than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle-earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals This sumptuous book celebrates the creative vision of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It is packed with more than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle-earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals the story behind the vision. Compiled by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer, this is the first in a series of lavish hardback books written and designed by the award-winning team at Weta, who are working closely with the production team to guarantee that these books will be bursting with insider information and stunning visual imagery.


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This sumptuous book celebrates the creative vision of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It is packed with more than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle-earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals This sumptuous book celebrates the creative vision of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It is packed with more than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle-earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals the story behind the vision. Compiled by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer, this is the first in a series of lavish hardback books written and designed by the award-winning team at Weta, who are working closely with the production team to guarantee that these books will be bursting with insider information and stunning visual imagery.

30 review for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles I: Art & Design

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Nice look at the design that went into various central characters to the Hobbit movies. It includes quotes from the designers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures on my blog) This is a wonderful companion art book for the movie. In some ways, I like it better than the ones from LOTR. The cover is beautifully embossed with texture and shine. It's 272-pages and big. Behind the cover is Thorin's Map that you can tear out from the perforated edges, and at the back is a long gatefold of Bilbo's Burglar contract should you want to read the fine prints to see what Bilbo has gotten himself into. There's a generous amount of concept art included that f (More pictures on my blog) This is a wonderful companion art book for the movie. In some ways, I like it better than the ones from LOTR. The cover is beautifully embossed with texture and shine. It's 272-pages and big. Behind the cover is Thorin's Map that you can tear out from the perforated edges, and at the back is a long gatefold of Bilbo's Burglar contract should you want to read the fine prints to see what Bilbo has gotten himself into. There's a generous amount of concept art included that feature the characters, props and environment. Yes, it's all fantasy art, and they are all very beautiful and detailed. There are art from Alan Lee, John Howe, Dan Hennah (production designer), Richard Taylor and many others from Weta Workshop. The book is all art and there aren't a lot of photos, so you won't find behind the scenes shots and there are only small thumbnails of the actors in makeup. The majority are mostly character designs and the related, such as costumes, weapons and other props. There are Bilbo and his entourage of dwarves, trolls, goblins, and creatures. Each character has many designs variations shown, but mostly from the hair and facial hair — probably more hairstyles that you can find in a hair saloon brochure. The environment art are mainly of close ups of locations and interiors. There are a few of those wide shots as well but could have been printed bigger. Many of the nice textured pencil drawings are from John Howe and Alan Lee. Those who like production design will enjoy the insightful commentary. There's lots to read and often, there will be a few designers talking about just one character, about the design, clothing and their weapons. The extra information gives more depth to the characters. The back cover mention something about this book being the first in a series of hardcover books. So unless they are referring to the other film companions, it means there would be art books for the next two films as well. It's a fantastic artbook. Highly recommended to fans of the film and fantasy art.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma Rose Ribbons

    What a gorgeous book! Everything is exquisite - the art inside is incredible, the text so incredibly informative (I laughed out loud twice, some of the anecdotes are hilarious) and the crew interviewed is just amazing (I like that very few members of the cast feature here, it's all about the people who crafted the sets, costumes and makeup and the though process behind it all, terrific stuff). Excellent volume that really digs deep into An Unexpected Journey in a way that's both engaging and awe What a gorgeous book! Everything is exquisite - the art inside is incredible, the text so incredibly informative (I laughed out loud twice, some of the anecdotes are hilarious) and the crew interviewed is just amazing (I like that very few members of the cast feature here, it's all about the people who crafted the sets, costumes and makeup and the though process behind it all, terrific stuff). Excellent volume that really digs deep into An Unexpected Journey in a way that's both engaging and awe-inspiring. I'm completely in love.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Okay, I purchased this book at supanova (kinda like comic con but in Australia) and Daniel Falconer was there! Not only is this book super amazing for us Hobbit/LOTR nerds but he signed it as well!! 🎉🎉

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles: Art & Design gives a detailed and fun look at how all of the visuals for the movie were done. The artwork is brilliant and sketches seem to fill every available space on the set and character pages. Looking at this book and reading the artist quotes, you really get a sense of just how involved everything was, how invested the artists were in bringing their vision to life. It's evident (and admirable) that shortcuts were rarely taken--even the small The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles: Art & Design gives a detailed and fun look at how all of the visuals for the movie were done. The artwork is brilliant and sketches seem to fill every available space on the set and character pages. Looking at this book and reading the artist quotes, you really get a sense of just how involved everything was, how invested the artists were in bringing their vision to life. It's evident (and admirable) that shortcuts were rarely taken--even the smallest of props were made with real materials. As an artist and a fan, this book is invaluable to me from a design perspective. Incredibly inspiring, it's really helping me to better understand how to draw objects and scenery. And armor! :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy | littledevonnook

    This is one brilliant book for anyone who loves Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's novel 'The Hobbit'. It goes without saying that The Hobbit (movie) is beautifully filmed and the detail that has gone into making such a film is shown to us through this book. From the concept art by John Howe and Alan Lee to how the Trolls were brought to life - this book has everything and anything you would want to know about the design and making of such a magnificent film. Needless to say I gave it a This is one brilliant book for anyone who loves Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's novel 'The Hobbit'. It goes without saying that The Hobbit (movie) is beautifully filmed and the detail that has gone into making such a film is shown to us through this book. From the concept art by John Howe and Alan Lee to how the Trolls were brought to life - this book has everything and anything you would want to know about the design and making of such a magnificent film. Needless to say I gave it a full five out of five and I can't wait to read the next in the series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Bunce

    Originally published online at BORG.com. The latest installment in Weta Workshop’s hardcover series focusing on the art and design of The Hobbit movies provides the most-in-depth look yet at the developmental stages of bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastical world to the big screen. Through hundreds of pencil sketches, detailed accounts of the thoughts behind decisions, painted concept art and costume development, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles–Art & Design provides a comprehensive Originally published online at BORG.com. The latest installment in Weta Workshop’s hardcover series focusing on the art and design of The Hobbit movies provides the most-in-depth look yet at the developmental stages of bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastical world to the big screen. Through hundreds of pencil sketches, detailed accounts of the thoughts behind decisions, painted concept art and costume development, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles–Art & Design provides a comprehensive account of the mastery in bringing ideas to life. The structure of the book follows our heroes’ journey through the film, in chapters like “Queer Lodgings” (Beorn the Skin-Changer’s house), “Flies & Spiders,” “The Woodland Realm” (the elves), “A Ruined form of Life” (the Orcs), and “Inside Information” (all about Smaug). Each chapter provides a focused look at the unique worldbuilding for each disparate part of the film, from set design to backstory to costumes. Many chapters offer better looks at details that were only glimpsed briefly in the film, like the city of Dale in its heyday, seen onscreen only in flashback. It’s an opportunity for those parts of the filmmaking–given just as much thought and work as anything in the movie–to be seen and admired in their full glory. A chapter on the Elves of Mirkwood showcases the costumes for King Thranduil, Legolas, and Tauriel, as well as the woodland realm where the dwarves are imprisoned during the film. There’s a special focus on the wine cellars where the dwarves make their dramatic barrel escape. Much time is given to the development of Tauriel, a new character created for the movie. Comments from Evangeline Lily (Tauriel) provide insight into her character: “Tauriel had to embody the grace of Galadriel and Arwen, while representing the fighting stealth and power of Legolas and Elrond.” The most stunning pages of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles–Art & Design reveal the development of the Lake-town sets, the intricate detail that went into each room, each viewpoint from wide-angle to inside Bard’s place. The design of the book itself is up the high standards of the past volumes in the Chronicles series by Weta, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles–Art and Design and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles–Creatures & Characters. Like those volumes, this new book features an embossed leather-like cover and beautiful end pages. An insert features a pull-out, quad-folded print of the portrait of Stephen Fry’s Master of Lake-town, as seen in the film. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles–Art & Design is available directly from Weta at their website here. An autographed edition signed by four of the Weta creators including writer and Weta artist and designer Dan Falconer is already sold out, but may be available in the aftermarket. We hope that after the next three volumes (Cloaks and Daggers for The Desolation of Smaug, and two volumes from next year’s finale in the trilogy, There and Back Again) are released, Weta returns to The Lord of the Rings series to release a similar series of books, since those films did not get a similar set of stunning volumes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paolo Aguas

    I thought that the way the book was bonded and the material that they used was extremely good, it’s amazing to see what happens behind the scenes of a film as epic as The Hobbit (imagine the original Lord of the Rings Trilogy that obviously would be crazy massive). I learned a lot about how early they prepare the place (they had to plant I think grass and some plants a year early just to get the right length for the filming) as well as how they had to use the original trilogy as reference for ce I thought that the way the book was bonded and the material that they used was extremely good, it’s amazing to see what happens behind the scenes of a film as epic as The Hobbit (imagine the original Lord of the Rings Trilogy that obviously would be crazy massive). I learned a lot about how early they prepare the place (they had to plant I think grass and some plants a year early just to get the right length for the filming) as well as how they had to use the original trilogy as reference for certain items, places and characters just to keep the consistency right. This is the first “Movie book” that I have read (movie book meaning first book about the behind the scenes of a film) and I found this to be very simple yet informative and I enjoyed very much how they included several designs (obviously the rejected ones) and stories about how they decided on the current designs. If there is one part of the book that I did not enjoy was the part wherein they showed the collectibles the fans could buy and where to buy it, I know it may sound silly or too simple of a negative (big part why I didn’t give this book 5 stars) I just feel that you didn’t need to add that part in such a great book, I mean at the end of the day people will find out where to buy these items and there are other ways to market these items. But overall this was really a great book and I would recommend it to anyone.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anita Eckert

    Beautiful sketches and stunning artworks, accompanied by fun and insightful commentary from the artists involved. I've been following the updates on youtube, seen all the "behind the movies" material - and yet there was plenty of new stuff to discover. It also gave me the chance to have a closer looks at details of the costumes and setting designs, I had fallen in love with in the movies. The sketches are truly inspiring =) Beautiful sketches and stunning artworks, accompanied by fun and insightful commentary from the artists involved. I've been following the updates on youtube, seen all the "behind the movies" material - and yet there was plenty of new stuff to discover. It also gave me the chance to have a closer looks at details of the costumes and setting designs, I had fallen in love with in the movies. The sketches are truly inspiring =)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Racheal Milich

    So this book is amazing and I can't seem to set it down and it always takes me like less than a week to read this in between customers at work. It is such a good book. It has the quality of being an easy read. You want to know what happens next and the suspense is thrilling. I would definitely read it again and I have multiple times. So this book is amazing and I can't seem to set it down and it always takes me like less than a week to read this in between customers at work. It is such a good book. It has the quality of being an easy read. You want to know what happens next and the suspense is thrilling. I would definitely read it again and I have multiple times.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steve Davala

    Fantastic. The creation process for these movies by Jackson and Weta Workshop are just insane. They really focus on creating the cultures of all creatures in this world. From the goblins and orcs and elves, dwarves, men, and hobbits. Costumes, props, world design... so intense. Hearing from John Howe and Alan Lee again was great, too. They are pretty much the design crew right there.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carlson L C1

    Home Sweet Home! It's a place where you have food to eat, shelter to sleep, and warm water to wash stinky clothes and body. That's the basic stuff you should live with. However,13 Dwarfs, the survivors, take a journey to take their home, Lonely Mountain taken by Smaug. Wherever Smaug goes, desolation it makes. It's fire, it's death. Can they withstand dragon's flame? Home Sweet Home! It's a place where you have food to eat, shelter to sleep, and warm water to wash stinky clothes and body. That's the basic stuff you should live with. However,13 Dwarfs, the survivors, take a journey to take their home, Lonely Mountain taken by Smaug. Wherever Smaug goes, desolation it makes. It's fire, it's death. Can they withstand dragon's flame?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Noah

    This book is definitely a page turner The book can be slow in places but will never get boring it is grate for ages 12 and up I recommend it because it is cozy and warm as well as dark, cold and damp if you love a good roller coaster this book is for you!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elza

    it so good to see the book i not reading this

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Matthews

    This is a wonderful companion art book for the movie, The Hobbit, and I like it far more than the Lord of the Rings movie companion books, though to be honest I prefer The Hobbit over Lord of the Rings full stop. The cover is beautifully embossed with texture and shine. It's 208-pages, it's big and it's heavy, but it is gorgeous, so this makes up for that. To me it has the perfect feel for curling up in my armchair and having a read through, or just looking at all the gorgeous illustration in it. This is a wonderful companion art book for the movie, The Hobbit, and I like it far more than the Lord of the Rings movie companion books, though to be honest I prefer The Hobbit over Lord of the Rings full stop. The cover is beautifully embossed with texture and shine. It's 208-pages, it's big and it's heavy, but it is gorgeous, so this makes up for that. To me it has the perfect feel for curling up in my armchair and having a read through, or just looking at all the gorgeous illustration in it. Behind the cover is a copy of Thorin's Map that you can tear out from the book and has a small bit of glow in the dark text on it, perfect for putting up on the wall. At the back of the book is a long gate fold of Bilbo's Burglar contract should you want to read the fine print to know exactly what was on it, or just to look at. There's a generous amount of concept art included that feature the characters, props and environment. If you are looking for photos of behind the scenes, actors in various stages of costume and make-up then this is not the book for you. There is only a very small amount of photography with the majority being concept art. Most of this book features all the characters and their clothing and weapons. It's was very interesting to look and see just how many variations of each character there was, and what the different inputs were before the final decision was made as to what a character would look like. I especially enjoyed seeing the stages of the dwarves, from what they started out looking as to what they ended up as on screen. There is a really good amount of information from those who worked on the film, how they originally thought of an idea, brought it to fruition, altered it slightly and so on and so forth till they had what they considered just right and perfect for the film. I'm looking forward to another two books like this, as it looks to be that there will be one per movie. I love reading all the little insights into their final decisions an d the art is beautiful.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art & Design' is a gorgeous hardcover book that is packed cover to cover with over a thousand images of concept art, photographs, sketches and paintings from the artists working behind the scenes to help bring Peter Jackson's vision of 'The Hobbit' onto the screen. The book is compiled by Weta senior concept designer Daniel Falconer with a foreward by Production Designer Dan Hannah and an introduction from Richard Taylor, Weta's Design & Special Eff 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art & Design' is a gorgeous hardcover book that is packed cover to cover with over a thousand images of concept art, photographs, sketches and paintings from the artists working behind the scenes to help bring Peter Jackson's vision of 'The Hobbit' onto the screen. The book is compiled by Weta senior concept designer Daniel Falconer with a foreward by Production Designer Dan Hannah and an introduction from Richard Taylor, Weta's Design & Special Effects Supervisor. Each chapter of the book details a particular section of the film; starting with Bilbo Baggins, Bag End, Hobbiton and the rest of the Hobbits, through to a very detailed look at each of the Dwarves (even a quick look at Moria and the Battle Of Azanulbizar), the wizards, the trolls, the elves, Gollum, the landscapes and the other creatures from Middle-Earth that feature in the film. Each chapter is looked at in depth with prelim sketches, beautiful concept art and photographs. There are two special fold-out features to this book; a large replica of Thorin's map, printed in glow-in-the-dark ink and a three page fold-out replica of Bilbo's burglar contract. You can see as to how much detail has been put into this book, with the Weta team working very closely with the production team to make sure that the book is packed to the gills. Apparently this is only the first of a series of lavish hardcover books from Weta. If that's the case, and after reading this volume, I can't wait to see what the other books in the series will be like.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    (Full review here.) I love the three art books for the Lord of the Rings movie series, and I enjoy a good movie art book in general. Strangely enough though, this book fell prey to the same malady as the Hobbit movies--Overstretcheditis. No, of course I did not just make up that term. (...) Anyway, I love looking at all the designs, but I see no reason why this could not have been combined with the following book (Creatures and Characters). I rate the art and the behind the scenes stuff an A, but (Full review here.) I love the three art books for the Lord of the Rings movie series, and I enjoy a good movie art book in general. Strangely enough though, this book fell prey to the same malady as the Hobbit movies--Overstretcheditis. No, of course I did not just make up that term. (...) Anyway, I love looking at all the designs, but I see no reason why this could not have been combined with the following book (Creatures and Characters). I rate the art and the behind the scenes stuff an A, but the drawn out nature dragged my rating down a bit. I also object to putting just the artists' initials by their artwork. I could keep track of a lot of them--I am pretty familiar with their names already--but, if it were me, I would be a bit peeved by that. Give them proper, spelled out credit! Also I got a little weary of people praising Peter Jackson for his genius. I guess I just don't think he's a genius these days. The art books for LOTR are definitely superior, but I never object to seeing pencil sketches from John Howe and Alan Lee. Movie making stuff always interests me too, but I wish this series were a bit more concise, as it easily could be. (Also I missed seeing art from Christian Rivers and Jeremy Bennett, but that's not the book's fault. OR IS IT???)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Great book. Even serves as a good companion to WETA: The Collector's Guide 2011 with a small listing at the end of available to order WETA Collectibles for the film. The book also features reproductions of Thorin's map and Bilbo's contract. The only two caveats I have is the size and landscape style of the book does not match up with Art of Lord of the Rings books published a few years ago and the fact that this is actually only one half of a two book set for the first film. The volume covering Great book. Even serves as a good companion to WETA: The Collector's Guide 2011 with a small listing at the end of available to order WETA Collectibles for the film. The book also features reproductions of Thorin's map and Bilbo's contract. The only two caveats I have is the size and landscape style of the book does not match up with Art of Lord of the Rings books published a few years ago and the fact that this is actually only one half of a two book set for the first film. The volume covering creatures and characters will not be released until April 2013 and so that means you have to wait twice as long and pay twice as much to buy two books for the first film that you got considerably less and in hardcover form for one book for the first LOR film years before. This could lead potentially to a six volume purpose to have everything when the trilogy is complete. I love the book, but hate the tactics of squeezing the fans for more money for the same kind of thing sold for the first trilogy a decade earlier in three books covering the trilogy. It stinks of greed to me. The fact the new books don't match the others sucks too,

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Alexander

    The Hobbit feels almost feels like an exercise in how to maximize the exposure of a single property. The one book was turned into 3 movies, those 3 movies then spawned not 1 art book each, but 2 each. Three movies and six art books for the one original novel. This is the first book of the first film and focuses on the art and design of the environments and the major characters. Of particular interest was the design process behind the dwarves and their props. The original novel didn't go into exha The Hobbit feels almost feels like an exercise in how to maximize the exposure of a single property. The one book was turned into 3 movies, those 3 movies then spawned not 1 art book each, but 2 each. Three movies and six art books for the one original novel. This is the first book of the first film and focuses on the art and design of the environments and the major characters. Of particular interest was the design process behind the dwarves and their props. The original novel didn't go into exhaustive detail about the dwarves and their physical appearances. It was up to the filmmakers to design the dwarves so each would hold true to what was known of their character, as well as being individual enough to stand out and be memorable among 12 other dwarves. The book also comes with a fold out replica of Thorin's map as well as Bilbo's burglar contract.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Lanter

    This might be the best movie art book I've ever purchased. Not only is the book beautiful inside and out, but it has everything you would want in an art of the movie book. All the main characters and their designs are here. Some of the most interesting sets/environments in the movie also made it in. The writing and the perspective of the artists is interesting to read throughout. Art & Design also has two of my favorite parts of any movie art book. Both the rejected (but still very interesting) This might be the best movie art book I've ever purchased. Not only is the book beautiful inside and out, but it has everything you would want in an art of the movie book. All the main characters and their designs are here. Some of the most interesting sets/environments in the movie also made it in. The writing and the perspective of the artists is interesting to read throughout. Art & Design also has two of my favorite parts of any movie art book. Both the rejected (but still very interesting) designs and the props that barely appeared on screen but show the personality of the main characters are fascinating to see. When you put all that together in one book, you have something that fans of The Hobbit or of movie art will really love.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella timelordsandwizards

    This was beautiful and interesting and well I just love everything hobbit related really. If you're a fan of the movie, and learning about how it was adapted and the characters and about the book as well, then definitely try to get your hands on this. It is a bit pricey, mine was 50 AUS dollars, but completely worth it. It also comes with a replica of Thorin's map and a replica of the Burglar contract. It's just so in depth, and the pictures are so so beautiful and the detail and information is This was beautiful and interesting and well I just love everything hobbit related really. If you're a fan of the movie, and learning about how it was adapted and the characters and about the book as well, then definitely try to get your hands on this. It is a bit pricey, mine was 50 AUS dollars, but completely worth it. It also comes with a replica of Thorin's map and a replica of the Burglar contract. It's just so in depth, and the pictures are so so beautiful and the detail and information is actually really fascinating and I loved learning about how one of my favourite books became a movie.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael Stewart

    A very easy read. Moves quickly. It helped with my understanding of the first of the HOBBIT movie trilogy, which I will likely now re-watch. It should be more engaging on repeat viewing. Still, I can't say that I'm a hobbit aficionado. THE HOBBIT is really a children's book, and I prefer books geared to adults. BUT... I will now give LORD OF THE RINGS a go to see if it captures my interest. The evil in LOTR is more nuanced, I expect. I have friends who re-read the Tolkien books as frequently as Ja A very easy read. Moves quickly. It helped with my understanding of the first of the HOBBIT movie trilogy, which I will likely now re-watch. It should be more engaging on repeat viewing. Still, I can't say that I'm a hobbit aficionado. THE HOBBIT is really a children's book, and I prefer books geared to adults. BUT... I will now give LORD OF THE RINGS a go to see if it captures my interest. The evil in LOTR is more nuanced, I expect. I have friends who re-read the Tolkien books as frequently as Jane Austen lovers re-read PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. So, my mind is not as closed to Tolkien as previous to reading this little book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Clinton Sheppard

    I liked seeing the artist's various conceptions of the characters and sets and reading about what inspired the final piece, like the shape of Glamdring. I thought it was interesting that they said they had to re-create the Green Dragon Inn from scratch because there we no construction documents of the original set. The Tolkien fan can also learn a lot about the characters that isn't stated in the film by reading the design notes. You also learn how much input the director has in everything, at l I liked seeing the artist's various conceptions of the characters and sets and reading about what inspired the final piece, like the shape of Glamdring. I thought it was interesting that they said they had to re-create the Green Dragon Inn from scratch because there we no construction documents of the original set. The Tolkien fan can also learn a lot about the characters that isn't stated in the film by reading the design notes. You also learn how much input the director has in everything, at least on this film, because he makes the final decisions and gives guidance about costumes, etc that he likes or doesn't like. Over and over you see "Peter liked..." "Peter thought..."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    What can I say, this is a well-constructed book of pure, conceptual imagery. I loved reading about the character thoughts and back stories (like learning about the dwarves). I can't wait to watch the DVD now to see the extras that the movie didn't include like Belladonna Took's appearance; and how Gandalf traveled under the hill to meet up with the questing band. Seeing the drawn costumes and locations for those scenes has me anxious to see more of this world both in the cinematic and literary v What can I say, this is a well-constructed book of pure, conceptual imagery. I loved reading about the character thoughts and back stories (like learning about the dwarves). I can't wait to watch the DVD now to see the extras that the movie didn't include like Belladonna Took's appearance; and how Gandalf traveled under the hill to meet up with the questing band. Seeing the drawn costumes and locations for those scenes has me anxious to see more of this world both in the cinematic and literary versions.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

    If you like books about the behind-the-scenes work of the art department on a film, this book (from Weta) is a great one! Full of photos and illustrations, it tells the story of what went into the making of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" from the art department's perspective. Of special note are the full-size replica of Thorin's map and the almost-full-size replica of the contract Bilbo signed. As a wanna-be artist myself, I've been enjoying trying to sketch the artwork in the book (with var If you like books about the behind-the-scenes work of the art department on a film, this book (from Weta) is a great one! Full of photos and illustrations, it tells the story of what went into the making of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" from the art department's perspective. Of special note are the full-size replica of Thorin's map and the almost-full-size replica of the contract Bilbo signed. As a wanna-be artist myself, I've been enjoying trying to sketch the artwork in the book (with varying results).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Minna

    How can it be fantasy and nonfiction at the same time? (I don't know, ask Lance Armstrong's 2001 biography. ZING! ha ha.) But I digress. This beautiful book displays the original concept art - sketches, painting, models, computer-generated portraits, etc - used in the creation and conception of the Hobbit movie. It is absolutely astounding how much thought and consideration goes into each moment of a film. I didn't even remember (I am embarrassed to admit) all the scenes that were referenced by How can it be fantasy and nonfiction at the same time? (I don't know, ask Lance Armstrong's 2001 biography. ZING! ha ha.) But I digress. This beautiful book displays the original concept art - sketches, painting, models, computer-generated portraits, etc - used in the creation and conception of the Hobbit movie. It is absolutely astounding how much thought and consideration goes into each moment of a film. I didn't even remember (I am embarrassed to admit) all the scenes that were referenced by the various WETA artists. SO impressive. <3

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rosamund Hodge

    I am counting this as "read" even though I skipped the five pages about the Great Goblin, because who wants to look at him for any longer than necessary? Anyway, when it comes to this book, I suspect there are two kinds of people: those who don't care, and those who wish there were about 80 more pages of pictures. I wanted full back and side views of all the costumes, dangit. (Also, while I appreciated the little section on Dwarf women, their beards were much two wispy. You will never convince me I am counting this as "read" even though I skipped the five pages about the Great Goblin, because who wants to look at him for any longer than necessary? Anyway, when it comes to this book, I suspect there are two kinds of people: those who don't care, and those who wish there were about 80 more pages of pictures. I wanted full back and side views of all the costumes, dangit. (Also, while I appreciated the little section on Dwarf women, their beards were much two wispy. You will never convince me that Dwarf women don't braid their beards.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    Great look into the concept art and design of The Hobbit, including things that "didn't make it in" to the theatrical release, though DID in the Extended Edition. Includes designs for Belladonna and the Sackville-Baggins, little Bilbo, and possibly Smaug's claw (although that's all we'll see of him other than a few spare shots until the next film). Consider it an appendix to the first film, a great companion piece, worth the greater expense for anyone that likes the pre-production/creative proce Great look into the concept art and design of The Hobbit, including things that "didn't make it in" to the theatrical release, though DID in the Extended Edition. Includes designs for Belladonna and the Sackville-Baggins, little Bilbo, and possibly Smaug's claw (although that's all we'll see of him other than a few spare shots until the next film). Consider it an appendix to the first film, a great companion piece, worth the greater expense for anyone that likes the pre-production/creative process for an epic such as The Hobbit films.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aayla

    This is insanely beautiful, astounding, incredible. The sheer volume of concept art that goes into an epic film like The Hobbit trilogy or The Lord of the Rings trilogy is impossible to imagine. Even in reading this book, one cannot fathom the amount of miniscule detail that goes into every character, every prop, every setting, every scene. This is why the movies feel so real - because even if all of the original details don't make it to the screen, the backstories were all in the minds of the a This is insanely beautiful, astounding, incredible. The sheer volume of concept art that goes into an epic film like The Hobbit trilogy or The Lord of the Rings trilogy is impossible to imagine. Even in reading this book, one cannot fathom the amount of miniscule detail that goes into every character, every prop, every setting, every scene. This is why the movies feel so real - because even if all of the original details don't make it to the screen, the backstories were all in the minds of the actors, directors, artistic designers, etc. And what they believed in came through.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christiane

    This is a big, beautifully designed and illustrated book of the concept art for the film The Hobbit. I think fans of the movie will totally geek out over this, but also students who are into drawing or computer illustrating could learn a lot. It’s amazing how much time and attention goes into each little detail of costume and weaponry (items that may only be on screen for a few seconds). You can tell too that the artists involved in this project really love their work!

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