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The Art of "Star Wars" "The Clone Wars" [Hardcover]

Frank Parisi , Gary Scheppke , Dave Filoni , George Lucas
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July 22 2009
"Star Wars: The Clone War", the blockbuster 3D animated movie and TV series, covers events between the live-action movies "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith" and features characters and events previously unseen anywhere else in the "Star Wars" saga, alongside Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda and Mace Windu. This full-colour book is bursting with final images and development artwork for characters, creatures, planets and vehicles, covering every aspect of the creation of the hit movie and TV series, accompanied by comment from the creative team. With a Foreword by George Lucas and packed with previously unseen artwork, this book is a must for fans of "Star Wars", cutting-edge animation and beautiful artwork.

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Frank Parisi is the editor of Star Wars Insider magazine. Gary Scheppke writes Star Wars comics, including The Clone Wars titles and was the production coordinator on* Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Dave Filoni is the director of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and supervising director of the TV series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Digital painting galore Aug. 14 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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This book is actually published by two publishers, Chronicle Books and Titan Books. I've seen both and they are the same except the price which depends on the country you're in. Chronicle Books is also releasing a US$120 limited edition as well but it's cheaper on Amazon. It comes with a white slipcase with 8 prints in an envelope inside the back cover.

The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a pretty thick book at 272 pages. It covers art for the movie as well as the TV series. The chapters are arranged according to the 22 episodes with the last chapter containing a sneak peak into Season II.

We have character designs, ship designs, storyboards, environment design, lighting studies, some film stills and plenty of beat boards (scenes featuring major story points). The artistic style and feel here are very different from the usual Star Wars art books since this is for the animated series. The characters might be a little over stylized but that's why it's done in animation.

A great deal of illustrations are digitally painted, to a point I feel there's an overdose and makes traditional pieces stand out by contrast. The detailed pieces are great because they have a hint of textures. The less detailed paintings look like a speed painting pieces with that blotchy feel. Curse the round-point tip brush! I guess I still like to see textures created by brush bristles.

The pencil sketches and other non traditional medium pieces are delightful to look at because they are more organic and the style is a breath of fresh air compared to the digital paintings. Many of the sketches come with handwritten notes from the artists.

Film stills are very few and there are almost no 3D models. This book really focuses on the pre-production concept art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "some" of the art of clone wars March 16 2010
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This is a good book to have because it is full of great content. Putting that aside, its pre-production work mostly. That basically means you get about 1/3rd of the actual artwork done on the series since most of the actual production and none of the post production is included. Then again, a lot if not most "art of" books are mostly pre-production work unless they're live action films, so take it for what its worth.

Im a star wars fan so i bought this with that being my #1 reason. I can only recommend this to people that have purchased most if not all Episode 1 to Episode 3 art books because those are severely superior (for obvious reasons) and stand in the same category of content as this does, with lots of paintings, sketches of vehicles and other pre production artwork. They're also cheaper than this one i belive so that only makes them more desireable.

4/5 for not including more production and post work and breakdowns.

PS: If you're interested in what this book is missing, i must suggest you take a look at " The Cinematic Art Of World Of Warcraft: The Wrath Of the Lich King " if you can find it. Also for space ship designs alone, another beautiful rarity is "Art of EVE".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art of Star Wars Feb. 16 2010
Format:Hardcover
As usual the art department at Skywalker Ranch come through . At 272 pages there is lots to like . The images are colorful and show the developement of The Clone Wars episode by episode . Some of the art isn`t as detailed as with the movies but interesting none the less . Sometimes the simpler the better . The developement of the Star Wars universe all ways amazes me . I recommend this book to the lover of Star Wars and sci-fi .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Digital painting galore Aug. 14 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is actually published by two publishers, Chronicle Books and Titan Books. I've seen both and they are the same except the price which depends on the country you're in. Chronicle Books is also releasing a US$120 limited edition as well but it's cheaper on Amazon. It comes with a white slipcase with 8 prints in an envelope inside the back cover.

The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a pretty thick book at 272 pages. It covers art for the movie as well as the TV series. The chapters are arranged according to the 22 episodes with the last chapter containing a sneak peak into Season II.

We have character designs, ship designs, storyboards, environment design, lighting studies, some film stills and plenty of beat boards (scenes featuring major story points). The artistic style and feel here are very different from the usual Star Wars art books since this is for the animated series. The characters might be a little over stylized but that's why it's done in animation.

A great deal of illustrations are digitally painted, to a point I feel there's an overdose and makes traditional pieces stand out by contrast. The detailed pieces are great because they have a hint of textures. The less detailed paintings look like a speed painting pieces with that blotchy feel. Curse the round-point tip brush! I guess I still like to see textures created by brush bristles.

The pencil sketches and other non traditional medium pieces are delightful to look at because they are more organic and the style is a breath of fresh air compared to the digital paintings. Many of the sketches come with handwritten notes from the artists.

Film stills are very few and there are almost no 3D models. This book really focuses on the pre-production concept art.

All the drawings are captioned by the artists and production team. They talk about the concept and sometimes some production stories, such as rigging, modeling and texturing. The pencil drawings on General Grievous's original form before mechanical "improvements" are interesting to look at, and read since the artists couldn't decided whether he's should be a gorilla or cockroach.

Overall, I consider this art book is worth the money because of its satisfactory volume, and art of course.

My reservation is only to the insane amount of full coloured illustrations digitally created. It's a personal preference.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for fans of the show Jan. 13 2013
By Enjolras - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've had mixed experience with "Art of" books. Some of "Art of" books just contain a few movie stills. Others, especially for animated movies, contain far too much about the process of digitally animating the film. While the process of digital animation can be fascinating, I personally don't find the digital "skeletons" for animated characters to be visually appealing.

Fortunately, The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars contains a copious amount of genuine art. The book has a lot of concept designs, light concepts, and maquettes of characters and scenes from the film and every episode of the first season of the TV show. By far the most common form of art is the lighting concept, which the artists use when adjusting lighting in the final show. However, these are not simply stills from the show - they have their own unique texture.

One added bonus is that the book contains many of Dave Filoni's own drawings. Filoni has a very unique style, almost blurred. I sense that these are speed sketches to nail down character concepts. However, they have their own unique energy and are wonderful to look at. It's also fascinating to see how the supervising director visualizes Star Wars artistically.

The book does contain some commentary about the making of the show. There are some fascinating insights. I found it particularly interesting to see which characters/planets/story arcs George Lucas personally approved or pushed for. Unfortunately, this is an "Art book" and the short commentaries will probably leave many hungry for more. I'm sure Lucasbooks will publish a "Making of Clone Wars" when the series is over. However, I do hope they stick to the format of this book, focusing a few pages on each episode - each episode deserves at least some attention.

Definitely recommended for fans of the TV show.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome Star Wars artbook July 7 2014
By mPm - Published on Amazon.com
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Another awesome Star Wars artbook.
I am amazed at the level of detail they achieve in the Clone Wars series and the level of attention to detail.
The art in this book, as usual for most of Star Wars creative books, is amazing and "impressive".
5.0 out of 5 stars Great art book! June 10 2014
By James M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic artbook with lots of great sketches and other behinds the scenes imagery. Definitely a good buy for any star wars fan or artist looking for some good star wars references.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for Clone Wars artist fans May 7 2014
By moreno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is excellent for any Clone Wars fan. My daughter is a huge fan and is an artist as well. She loves this book. the illustrations are great.
It is a large book filled with lots of drawings.
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