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Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig [Hardcover]

Iain McCaig , Nick Sagan
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Jan. 6 2009
"What is Shadowline? It is the place where things meet: light and shadows, hope and despair, good and evil. It is, to me, the most interesting place to hunt for stories." So begins this stunningly realized and beautifully rendered new work from master storyteller and artist Iain McCaig. McCaig is best known for his work as a principal designer on the three Star Wars prequels, including the iconic characters Queen Amidala and Darth Maul, as well as his work on many major motion pictures, television, and video games. His work can be seen in such acclaimed films as Terminator 2, Hook, Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula, Interview with a Vampire, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Shadowline presents a stunning portfolio of more than two decades of McCaig's masterful concept designs and storyboards, cover art and illustrations, as well as his private sketchbooks and personal paintings, all woven together within the confines of an engrossing, otherworldly tale.

"I've been telling stories for years, with paint, with words, with film and video cameras, and pixels on computer screens. I can't explain storytelling the way teachers explain math or history. To explain what I'm doing when I create would be like waking up while still dreaming. We are all storytellers night after night, for even the most inartistic of us can still dream like masters."
-Iain McCaig

"Iain McCaig's characters arrive on the page fully formed, their life stories expressed through every beautiful pencil stroke, from the lightest fairy tales to the darkest nightmares."
-Doug Chiang, Academy Award-winning designer of Terminator 2, The Mask, Attack of the Clones, and The Phantom Menace

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About the Author

IAN MCCAIG'S commitment to storytelling has taken many forms: concept designer, illustrator, animator, and screenwriter. A veteran of Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), Lucasfilm Ltd., and George Lucas's premier film production company, JAK Films, he was one of the principal designers of the Star Wars saga and garnered an Emmy Award for People, a Disney Channel production.

NICK SAGAN, the son of Carl Sagan, was the "voice of children from planet Earth" on the voyager spacecraft, and is now a screenwriter for television, including several episodes of the later Star Trek series, and the best-selling author of the critically heralded sci-fi series The Idlewild Trilogy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful March 28 2014
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Beautiful book with many never before seen art by master Ian McCaig. Ranges from rough sketches to fully painted illos
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iain Mccaig Shadowline June 24 2012
By Hadrian
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It is a beautifull book. It has a sum of picture drawings that have a great quality. Not a lot of Star Wars drawings, but a lot of drawings from Iain imagination. I began to read the book, it has an interesting story, I love the way Iain sees art as a door to another world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you get a chance I highly recommend this book July 16 2014
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If you get a chance I highly recommend this book. Better yet get his dvd's and take a class . He is infectious
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great art book just lacking a biography Feb. 12 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 0:28 Mins
Iain McCaig has been creating art for movies for a long time. This book contains illustrations created for Star Wars prequel, Harry Potter and his concept art for other projects. Most of his work belong to the fantasy genre.

In this book, a fictional interviewer called Bryon is created to introduce readers to the artwork and bring them into Iain McCaig's imaginative world. It's pretty amusing and reads like some fantasy adventure. My minor quibble would be there isn't a biography of his illustrious career.

Insight Editions is the publisher of this thick and big book at 240 pages. It's hardcover with a beautiful matte dust jacket.

There are plenty of glorious concept art, mainly character designs, paintings and sketches. Each is reproduced brilliantly on the glossy paper, showing intricate details of ink, pencil or colour strokes as well as the texture of the medium. While there are digital paintings, most of the illustrations featured are done using traditional medium, showing texture and grain. The large pages enhance the viewing pleasure.

This book is highly recommended to fans of Iain McCaig, fantasy artists, concept artists and character designers. It's very inspiring and overflows with creativity.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great art book just lacking a biography Jan. 13 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Iain McCaig has been creating art for movies for a long time. This book contains illustrations created for Star Wars prequel, Harry Potter and his concept art for other projects. Most of his work belong to the fantasy genre.

In this book, a fictional interviewer called Bryon is created to introduce readers to the artwork and bring them into Iain McCaig's imaginative world. It's pretty amusing and reads like some fantasy adventure. My minor quibble would be there isn't a biography of his illustrious career.

Insight Editions is the publisher of this thick and big book at 240 pages. It's hardcover with a beautiful matte dust jacket.

There are plenty of glorious concept art, mainly character designs, paintings and sketches. Each is reproduced brilliantly on the glossy paper, showing intricate details of ink, pencil or colour strokes as well as the texture of the medium. While there are digital paintings, most of the illustrations featured are done using traditional medium, showing texture and grain. The large pages enhance the viewing pleasure.

This book is highly recommended to fans of Iain McCaig, fantasy artists, concept artists and character designers. It's very inspiring and overflows with creativity.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to any Sci-Fi concept art library Oct. 11 2008
By A. Lung - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice large coffee-table size book filled with fantasy art by the author in a variety of media ranging from pencil sketches and mixed media to digital painting. It includes six small booklets on art fundamentals and story-boarding basics that echo McCaig entertaining conceptual art workshops at the Game Developers conference and provide useful exercises and a good starting point for beginning artists. The downside of the booklets is in that they are held in six separate tight paper sleeves mounted on 3 regular pages roughly in the middle of the book. Perhaps a sturdier and more elegant solution would have been to include them on an envelope/folio attached to the back of the book or to use thicker paper for those pages. While its nice to see much of his Star Wars work in a larger format, this material has already been published in the "Art of Star Wars" series. Personally I would have preferred to see more of McCaig unused Star Wars concepts, though probably Lucas owns the rights to those while saving them for future projects.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowline: A Journey into creativity Nov. 1 2008
By Tim Lasiuta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Art Books can be so predictable: A little art, a short biography, some more art, some sketches, and perhaps a listing of published art/projects. Shadowline is different. Yes, some of the art has been already been published in the Star Wars book, but some of the art has never been seen outside of Lucasfilm offices and sketchbooks. That is the cool part of the book, visually speaking. The concept/storyboards from unfinished projects like Peter pan, and John Carter of Mars is very welcome.

I have always wanted to see an animated version of John Carter, and perhaps the 3rd version from Disney will finally come through, although Dejah Thoris is always beautiful!

The imaginative part of this book is the interviewers journey to meeting Mr McCaig. The truth of the matter is that, the 10 year old concept of art is very true. When we draw withouth thinking what others think, we truly create. Nick Sagan and Mccaig give us a journey into art via the creative process, sorted by themes and storage locations.

Shadowlines is truly a unique book that lovers of fine art will appreciate.

Tim Lasiuta
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supassing all expectations Feb. 17 2009
By Richard A. Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
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My reaction to moving through this book was a little unexpected.
Usually when I go through a good art book the artist that I am is a little discouraged, my own progress being lacking when compared to my mentors and some of my peers. However, my reaction to this book was a bout of chills and an exhuberant desire to draw like mad. One might conclude that I was underwhelmed, disappointed- a sense that I'm "much better than this loser". Instead, I was impressed in ways that have a hard time meeting any valued description.
Iain McCaig does not make it look simple.
He makes it look deep, fascinating and utterly approachable. He's an example of what being excited about one's work should look like.
I have to recommend this book to artists, particularly those struggling to find a reason to put pencil to good paper (any paper to take a mark is good paper). This is not your run-of-the-mill "art book". It's a celebration of the act of creation in which every mark the artist makes is potentially a portal to a world you want to visit, whether for good or for ill. The creature images run from whimsical in nature to terrible if ever met. The people are heroic, horrific and all points in between. Examples of sketches run throughout the book but they are eleborate, evocative hints when they are run up against full blown painted productions of characters and the worlds where they live.
I see a little Claire Wendling here and the recent work of Mathieu Lauffray there and this is all good. It's not that McCaig is copying anyone or vice versa. It's that they (and others not named) have such an obvious, shared passion for their work that it is an inspiration to both stragglers and jaded professionals in the field (or, at least it should have that effect).

I can only hope there will some day be another book.

My last comment is to see this man's production work for the upcoming film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars", leaves me anxious. Can, or will the film look this good? And his depiction of the actor to (possibly?) play John Carter is more than a little inspiring.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspired. Nov. 5 2008
By Carl Knox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found it hard to not gush while I opened the cover once Shadowline arrived in the mail.

As an artist myself I often find it hard to get inspiration and motivated to draw. Leafing through McCaigs sketches I couldn't help but let my imagination drift off. McCaig is a great storyteller both and images and words and has interlaced a charming tale into the book giving the book an added dimension I really didn't expect.

I bought this book expecting a bundle of his sketches with a quick foreword. Instead I got a fantastic tale interweaved with great sketches, illustrations and how-to booklets.

Thanks Ian, you've made another grown-up young again. Bring on the crayons!
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