The Skillful Huntsman is a sketchbook that takes the reader through the visualization process by analyzing the work of three artists.
It's important to note that this is not a book like, "The Art of Lord of the Rings" or "The Art of Star Wars," full of finished photoshopped paintings from the films. In this book, three artists and their instructor decided to turn the Grimm Fairy Tale, The Skillful Huntsman, into a sci-fi concept suitable for films, TV, or Video Games. The book includes the short tale, so the readers are familiar with the story.
The rest of the book breaks down the concept art for the project. The artists start with simple black and white silhouettes which are designed to catch the eye or leave an impression on the viewer. They move on to simple sketches, then facial drawings, and finally some finished work. Each page has a paragraph or two, describing how each artist approached the task. They talk about their train of thought that led them to the finished drawings. Their influences, their mediums, the function of the piece, why they drew the environment from that angle, etc...
One thing that you will definitely learn is that form follows function. Every sketch in this book had a good deal of thought behind it. The artist takes into account the impact on the viewer, the function of the item, and how it ties into the overall visual theme.
In this book, there are examples of sci-fi characters, organic environments, futuristic city scapes, and mutant creatures. It's a great book if you want to understand the creative process on a professional level and you can incorporate the silhouette, rough, sketch, final, process into your own work. It's inspirational and very creative. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn about visual development and concept art.