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KOLONIE [Hardcover]

Patrick Hanenberger , Christian Schellewald
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Oct. 1 2011

In the future, a new land on the edges of the universe, Kolonie, has been found with untapped sources of oil. Colonization follows immediately. Watch the story and the stunning visuals unfold for this new world through the expert eyes, hands and minds of artists Patrick Hanenberger and Christian Schellewald.

 
The Kolonie was a fairly unimportant world at the fringes of the known universe. Although its climate and living conditions make it a habitable environment, the immense distance to the central worlds left it provincial and there were no serious plans for any form of colonization.
 
When the first oilfields were discovered, an enormous rush to the Kolonie started immediately. At that time space travel, and any other form of transportation was still completely dependent upon oil. Millions of colonists left their worlds to find their fortunes on the Kolonie. A new class of spaceships was constructed to ferry settlers and supplies to the distant world and bring back oil and oil products in vast quantities.
 
Kapitol, the main city on the Kolonie grew into a huge metropole and for more than a decade its spaceport was one of the busiest of the entire universe. When oil was finally replaced by other more efficient energy sources, importing it from the Kolonie to the main planet ceased to be profitable.
 
The large oil corporations pulled out and shipping to the Kolonie stopped entirely within a short amount of time.
Occasionally a government ship from the central world lands on the Kolonie to bring new government troops and officials, spare parts and new technology and sometimes a few passengers.
 
Leaving the Kolonie is difficult and very costly and far too many people are stranded and long to go back to their less remote home planets.

But there are still a few adventurers and fortune seekers who manage to travel to the Kolonie, which still offers many opportunities.
 
This book is the first chapter in introducing the visually rich world of the Kolonie as well as its inhabitants and technology.
 


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Patrick Hanenberger was born in Melbourne Australia and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany. He moved to the United States to study Industrial and Graphic Design at the University of Michigan. He continued on to earn a second degree in Transportation Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Today he works as a production designer in the animation industry, concept artist for live action films and part-time college instructor. Patrick currently resides in Los Angeles. He spends much of his free time drawing with Christian or walking around town with a coffee, his girlfriend Margaret and Rufus the dog…

 
Christian Schellewald was born in Essen, Germany, where he also went to University to study visual communication, with an accent on illustration, graphic design and film design. He worked as an illustrator for advertising agencies and magazines in Germany before starting to work as a layout artist for an animation studio in London, which eventually led to a job as an art director for an animation company in the US. Christian lives with his wife Katrin and daughter Karla in Los Angeles.


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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like plein air art on an imaginary planet Oct. 8 2011
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 1:29 Mins
I've the paperback edition, but I'm reproducing my review for that edition here in case you missed it. Here's the paperback edition: KOLONIE

It's a large book, slightly larger than A4 in size. 160 pages total.

I like the concept Design Studo Press is using to publish some their books. Choosing a theme and then creating a concept art book based on that theme. Some of them are Alien Race: Visual Development of an Intergalactic Adventure, Exodyssey: Visual Development of an Epic Adventure by Steambot Studios or even Worlds: A Mission of Discovery.

The concept here is about a new found planet called Kolonie. It was industrialised for its oil, and then abandoned when oil was replaced by other energy sources.

The premise is simple but the exciting part comes from how the two artists, Patrick Hanenberger and Christian Schellewald, visualise that new world. It's must be pretty fun coming up with the various concepts.

The concept art is on the deserted areas, the cities, oil pumping plants, spaceports, and environments. It reminds me of photos I see online on deserted places. It's a dystopia where there are still people living, so there are some character designs as well. There are also designs for taxis, race cars (hobbies of people there), the non-drilling areas and other interesting stuff.

Most of the illustrations are printed huge. Some sketchy, some detailed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like plein air art on an imaginary planet Oct. 8 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've the paperback edition, but I'm reproducing my review for that edition here in case you missed it. Here's the paperback edition: KOLONIE

It's a large book, slightly larger than A4 in size. 160 pages total.

I like the concept Design Studo Press is using to publish some their books. Choosing a theme and then creating a concept art book based on that theme. Some of them are Alien Race: Visual Development of an Intergalactic Adventure, Exodyssey: Visual Development of an Epic Adventure by Steambot Studios or even Worlds: A Mission of Discovery.

The concept here is about a new found planet called Kolonie. It was industrialised for its oil, and then abandoned when oil was replaced by other energy sources.

The premise is simple but the exciting part comes from how the two artists, Patrick Hanenberger and Christian Schellewald, visualise that new world. It's must be pretty fun coming up with the various concepts.

The concept art is on the deserted areas, the cities, oil pumping plants, spaceports, and environments. It reminds me of photos I see online on deserted places. It's a dystopia where there are still people living, so there are some character designs as well. There are also designs for taxis, race cars (hobbies of people there), the non-drilling areas and other interesting stuff.

Most of the illustrations are printed huge. Some sketchy, some detailed. But all give a nice idea of what it's like on Kolonie. They are sort of like plein air sketches on an imaginary planet. The short descriptions for the various places provides additional interesting background stories. One or two pieces are pixelated because they are blown up too big - not really a big deal.

This book should appeal to concept artists.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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