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Return to the world of Avatar! This handsome hardcover contains hundreds of pieces of never-before-seen artwork created during the development of Season 1 of The Legend of Korra. With captions from Mike and Bryan throughout, this is an intimate look inside the creative process that brought the mystical world of bending and a new generation of heroes to life! * Captions by cr Return to the world of Avatar! This handsome hardcover contains hundreds of pieces of never-before-seen artwork created during the development of Season 1 of The Legend of Korra. With captions from Mike and Bryan throughout, this is an intimate look inside the creative process that brought the mystical world of bending and a new generation of heroes to life! * Captions by creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko! * Follow-up to smash hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender! * Never-before-seen artwork!


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Return to the world of Avatar! This handsome hardcover contains hundreds of pieces of never-before-seen artwork created during the development of Season 1 of The Legend of Korra. With captions from Mike and Bryan throughout, this is an intimate look inside the creative process that brought the mystical world of bending and a new generation of heroes to life! * Captions by cr Return to the world of Avatar! This handsome hardcover contains hundreds of pieces of never-before-seen artwork created during the development of Season 1 of The Legend of Korra. With captions from Mike and Bryan throughout, this is an intimate look inside the creative process that brought the mystical world of bending and a new generation of heroes to life! * Captions by creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko! * Follow-up to smash hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender! * Never-before-seen artwork!

30 review for The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series Book One: Air

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I think it's appropriate for me to start this review by saying that I'm a huge fan of "Avatar the Last Airbender", as well as its subsequent spin off series, "The Legend of Korra." So earlier this year when I was accepted to read a galley containing this very rare look at the behind the scenes of the show and collective art development, I jumped for joy. This is a stunning collection of reflections, backdrops, character designs and examinations of the art behind the first season of the show. I l I think it's appropriate for me to start this review by saying that I'm a huge fan of "Avatar the Last Airbender", as well as its subsequent spin off series, "The Legend of Korra." So earlier this year when I was accepted to read a galley containing this very rare look at the behind the scenes of the show and collective art development, I jumped for joy. This is a stunning collection of reflections, backdrops, character designs and examinations of the art behind the first season of the show. I loved the full color pages as well as the progressive development and design of each of the characters. It gave a more intimate view of what went on behind the creation of the series, and it was nice to know the creator's intentions and reflections delving into this series, from beginning to the end of the subsequent season. A must have for any collector who loves animation and especially for those who love Avatar and the Legend of Korra. Overall score: 5/5 stars Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leah Waters

    So, I'm not a Korra fan. I LOVE Avatar: the Last Airbender, but I think The Legend of Korra was horrible in comparison for many reasons, from the protagonist to the plot... This book was mediocre--a cool look at the animation process, but since I really don't care for the story, it was meh. Definitely not as cool as The Art of the Animated Series book about ATLA. So, I'm not a Korra fan. I LOVE Avatar: the Last Airbender, but I think The Legend of Korra was horrible in comparison for many reasons, from the protagonist to the plot... This book was mediocre--a cool look at the animation process, but since I really don't care for the story, it was meh. Definitely not as cool as The Art of the Animated Series book about ATLA.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    It’s no secret that I love Avatar: The Last Airbender, so naturally I’m in love with The Legend of Korra as well. I couldn’t say no to the art book when I saw it because Korra turned out to be just as beautiful as Avatar. The book is set up according to the season’s timeline, so with each new major development a new section of art starts. If anyone is familiar with the art book for Avatar then you should find this one similar in set up and feel. It has a ton of new artwork that we as fans have ne It’s no secret that I love Avatar: The Last Airbender, so naturally I’m in love with The Legend of Korra as well. I couldn’t say no to the art book when I saw it because Korra turned out to be just as beautiful as Avatar. The book is set up according to the season’s timeline, so with each new major development a new section of art starts. If anyone is familiar with the art book for Avatar then you should find this one similar in set up and feel. It has a ton of new artwork that we as fans have never seen before, from beautiful scenery designs to character development sketches. Aside from those there are also pro-bending concepts, propaganda poster art, and a great section for ancillary art. I have a soft-spot for the landscape designs which are so detailed that it seems like it could be a real place. There are also tid-bits of information on each page related to the process, characters or inspirations that are a real treat to read. Plus if you haven’t read the graphic novels (The Promise) you can get some background info on a few things that happened between the two shows, and it’s not spoiler-y so you can still pick up the novels later without feeling like you know everything. I do wish there were more about some characters however since it’s only the first season’s art book I’m positive we’ll get to learn and see even more in the next one! I think that this is one of those must-haves for Avatar/Korra fans, and I know I’ll buy an actual copy just so I can revisit some of my favorite moments for the show.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    The artwork in Korra, although visually stunning, is not really my cup of tea. Maybe in later books, yeah, but book 1 has a lot of Capital City and I'm not fond of 20s style steampunk so this book's strong points for me are the character design and explanations we get from the team on how they got to where they are. The artwork in Korra, although visually stunning, is not really my cup of tea. Maybe in later books, yeah, but book 1 has a lot of Capital City and I'm not fond of 20s style steampunk so this book's strong points for me are the character design and explanations we get from the team on how they got to where they are.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paul Decker

    I absolutely loved Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was such a unique show. We won't mention the movie. The Legend of Korra has continued that uniqueness. It takes place in the same world, but so much has changed. I love seeing actual progression in a fantasy world. Usually a fantasy world is stable for decades or even sometimes centuries. Progress has come to the world of the Avatar. Mechanical contraptions begin to appear for a not quite steampunk kind of feel. This book shows the art progression I absolutely loved Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was such a unique show. We won't mention the movie. The Legend of Korra has continued that uniqueness. It takes place in the same world, but so much has changed. I love seeing actual progression in a fantasy world. Usually a fantasy world is stable for decades or even sometimes centuries. Progress has come to the world of the Avatar. Mechanical contraptions begin to appear for a not quite steampunk kind of feel. This book shows the art progression for the whole first season or Book One of Legend of Korra. So if you haven't finished the first season, be warned that this book contains spoilers. This book has everything when it comes to artwork. There are small sketches of the initial ideas for characters. There are full spreads of a beautiful landscape or action scene. There are even sone diagrams of the technology. All of the artwork is beautiful. It's all so detailed. In addition to the art, there is a foreword and comments throughout the book from the creators. There are nice little tidbits describing a characters evolution or inspiration. This book would be a perfect gift for a fan of the television series. I could just flip through these pages and admire the artwork for hours. I give this book a 5/5.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott wachter

    I love Korra more than I ought to. I really hope they find something for Bolin to do other than be the 'funny one' and that the pacing evens out as the series carries on, but it truly is a wonderful series and a worthy continuation to the franchise. So having any insight into the design and production of the series is just amazing. There are watercolours of locations i want to have hanging on my wall so very badly right now thanks to this book. The other neat thing is that after the preamble the m I love Korra more than I ought to. I really hope they find something for Bolin to do other than be the 'funny one' and that the pacing evens out as the series carries on, but it truly is a wonderful series and a worthy continuation to the franchise. So having any insight into the design and production of the series is just amazing. There are watercolours of locations i want to have hanging on my wall so very badly right now thanks to this book. The other neat thing is that after the preamble the main character reference sheet it actually goes by episode rather than by theme or other category, making for a excellent companion to a re-watch now that it's out for home video. Cool stuff, very cool stuff. now when does season 2 air? PS: thank you to netgalley for this eARC, but could you start giving me graphic-heavy content in higher-res please?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Here's the great thing about this book. After you read either this one or Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series you can't help but fall further in love. I wish anyone would pick this up and dive into this world. For fans it's exactly what we love. For the freshly acquainted it's a piece of the sweetest pie. For the rest of the world. It's time to take a look and enjoy. Bryke 4 life. Here's the great thing about this book. After you read either this one or Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series you can't help but fall further in love. I wish anyone would pick this up and dive into this world. For fans it's exactly what we love. For the freshly acquainted it's a piece of the sweetest pie. For the rest of the world. It's time to take a look and enjoy. Bryke 4 life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elevetha

    Really quite a beautiful book. And the painted backgrounds for the show are breathtaking.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Naailah

    After a rewatch of book 3, I want this more than ever

  10. 5 out of 5

    Onessa

    3,5 actually. It's really interesting to see the character and background designs. 3,5 actually. It's really interesting to see the character and background designs.

  11. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    A really nice artbook for fans/collectors of the Avatar (Airbender/Korra) books and graphic novels. Really nice illustrations here.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Kinda glad I got this from the library rather than buying it. I recently finished a rewatch of the series, which affirmed my original opinion: while Asami will always be a huge favorite, and there are certainly important groundbreaking aspects to it, the series as a whole is a like, not love. Visually, the first season was actually the most stunning to me, but the artbook doesn't reflect that very well. I think that's because most of what's impressive about the initial season (or Book One, as it Kinda glad I got this from the library rather than buying it. I recently finished a rewatch of the series, which affirmed my original opinion: while Asami will always be a huge favorite, and there are certainly important groundbreaking aspects to it, the series as a whole is a like, not love. Visually, the first season was actually the most stunning to me, but the artbook doesn't reflect that very well. I think that's because most of what's impressive about the initial season (or Book One, as it's called in ATLA style) comes from the animation itself, particularly the fluidity of the fighting. A book can't capture that, of course, so it relies on a bunch of background paintings (weirdly, not as pretty as all the captions keep exclaiming over) and character designs, with a few storyboard panels strewn in. I didn't feel like I learned very much over the course of this book. Oddly, I felt as though the artbook needed more text. I wanted to learn about the development of the series and the thought that went into the characters, not just notes like "we wanted this to look steampunk, so here are the names of the three artists who collaborated on the design." Still an interesting enough book to flip through if you're a big fan of the series, but not one that added a lot to the experience, for me. I might still try to work my way through the other books, although I can only get my hands on digital copies...and I really don't like reading this type of material in that format. We'll see.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Greg Kerestan

    The "Legend of Korra" art books are great coffee-table compendiums of Avatar lore and art. Unlike the art book for "Avatar: The Last Airbender," each season here gets its own book, which means you can dig deep into the minutiae of every single setting and every character... yes, we're including ever single non-speaking extra designed for the show. Is it excessive? Yes. Is it perhaps more than we needed? Also yes. Is it cool, and gorgeous, and a testament to how much the art design for "Korra" (an The "Legend of Korra" art books are great coffee-table compendiums of Avatar lore and art. Unlike the art book for "Avatar: The Last Airbender," each season here gets its own book, which means you can dig deep into the minutiae of every single setting and every character... yes, we're including ever single non-speaking extra designed for the show. Is it excessive? Yes. Is it perhaps more than we needed? Also yes. Is it cool, and gorgeous, and a testament to how much the art design for "Korra" (and indeed the entire East-West hybridization of animation production, which essentially erased the distinction between Western animation and Japanese/Korean anime) took advantage of the ten years between "Avatar" and "Korra" production to create a visual feast.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Teo 2050

    2020.05.16–2020.05.17 Contents DiMartino MD, Konietzko B, & Dos Santos J (2013) Legend of Korra, The - The Art of the Animated Series Book One - Air Introduction by Michael Dante DiMartino Introduction by Bryan Konietzko 01. Early Development • Korra • Mako and Bolin • Naga • Tenzin • Asami • Lin Beifong • Amon 02. Welcome to Republic City • Katara • The White Lotus • Republic City 03. A Leaf in the Wind 04. The Revelation 05. The Voice in the Night 06. The Spirit of Competition/And the Winner Is… 07. The Aftermath 0 2020.05.16–2020.05.17 Contents DiMartino MD, Konietzko B, & Dos Santos J (2013) Legend of Korra, The - The Art of the Animated Series Book One - Air Introduction by Michael Dante DiMartino Introduction by Bryan Konietzko 01. Early Development • Korra • Mako and Bolin • Naga • Tenzin • Asami • Lin Beifong • Amon 02. Welcome to Republic City • Katara • The White Lotus • Republic City 03. A Leaf in the Wind 04. The Revelation 05. The Voice in the Night 06. The Spirit of Competition/And the Winner Is… 07. The Aftermath 08. When Extremes Meet/Out of the Past 09. Turning the Tides 10. Skeletons in the Closet 11. Endgame 12. Ancillary Art

  15. 5 out of 5

    Storm

    Just like the Avatar The Last Airbender: The Art of the Animated Series, this is what a companion book should be. This installment feature Art from Book One: Air. It has TONS of backstory and history from people actually involved in the making of the series. There are preliminary pencil sketches showing how the characters evolved over time and finished art which is gorgeous, especially the city designs and landscapes. Just like the Avatar The Last Airbender: The Art of the Animated Series, this is what a companion book should be. This installment feature Art from Book One: Air. It has TONS of backstory and history from people actually involved in the making of the series. There are preliminary pencil sketches showing how the characters evolved over time and finished art which is gorgeous, especially the city designs and landscapes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jemiah Jefferson

    I did do work on this book, years and years before actually watching the series (something I just corrected a few weeks ago). This is perhaps the very best of the art books associated with the show - featuring gorgeous background painting, excellent character design process illustrations, and plenty of engaging commentary from DiMartino, Koneizko, and Dos Santos (or "2-cents", as he signs his artworks), and I wish that books two and three were as accomplished. But that's info for a different rev I did do work on this book, years and years before actually watching the series (something I just corrected a few weeks ago). This is perhaps the very best of the art books associated with the show - featuring gorgeous background painting, excellent character design process illustrations, and plenty of engaging commentary from DiMartino, Koneizko, and Dos Santos (or "2-cents", as he signs his artworks), and I wish that books two and three were as accomplished. But that's info for a different review (or two).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Beautiful book which gives insights into the creation of the animated series The Legend of Korra. I love all the background paintings done mainly by two artists. The characters and vehicles are done by a much larger group of people. It's really an amazing collaborative art project by so many people with different strengths put to their best uses. Very cool. Beautiful book which gives insights into the creation of the animated series The Legend of Korra. I love all the background paintings done mainly by two artists. The characters and vehicles are done by a much larger group of people. It's really an amazing collaborative art project by so many people with different strengths put to their best uses. Very cool.

  18. 4 out of 5

    lois

    though i loved all of the stunning art and development, i wish i could read the other designers, painters, and concept artists' creation process as well. it felt like md and bk had so litte to say for such a beloved world, not to mention the weird undertones in md's captions about ki-hyun ryu's less wasternized concepts though i loved all of the stunning art and development, i wish i could read the other designers, painters, and concept artists' creation process as well. it felt like md and bk had so litte to say for such a beloved world, not to mention the weird undertones in md's captions about ki-hyun ryu's less wasternized concepts

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    Heard of both shows. Watched a little bit of Avatar and not Korra. But after reading this, I might watch it. Love the world building, setting, character designs, background, art style, etc. This was a really good art book. And if you're a fan of both shows or one of them, then you'll like this. Heard of both shows. Watched a little bit of Avatar and not Korra. But after reading this, I might watch it. Love the world building, setting, character designs, background, art style, etc. This was a really good art book. And if you're a fan of both shows or one of them, then you'll like this.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    While I absolutely wanted to love this book - I felt it was impossible for me not to - I never realized how much I didn't like early 20th century architecture, and this book has a lot of it. It was still fun to see (literal) character development and alterations. While I absolutely wanted to love this book - I felt it was impossible for me not to - I never realized how much I didn't like early 20th century architecture, and this book has a lot of it. It was still fun to see (literal) character development and alterations.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Loved this. Loved finding our new details, loved the gorgeous concept art. My one complaint (if I would even call it that) is that I wanted more detail at times from their descriptions, but I already got a ton out of what they gave us!

  22. 5 out of 5

    milou ☕️

    The art in this series will always continue to amaze me and by looking at all these stunning drawings I miss the series and I want to rewatch it again. Wow just wow

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris Moujaes

    Really spectacular artwork and behind the scenes info. LOVED this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ✨Gayatri ✨

    wow! the artwork is incredible!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    So beautiful I loved all the paintings of scenes that were already seem in the show. Makes me want to paint :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    A M H

    Spectacular scenery art, cool tech/vehicle models, awesome ancillary art, and nice character models.

  27. 5 out of 5

    abi rae (abiraereads)

    *** 5 STARS *** the art was beautiful as always!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ro

    actual rate: 4.50 stars 🌟

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sydnee Hernandez

    It is good so far

  30. 4 out of 5

    c

    Everything is so beautiful.

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