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Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig Hardcover – Oct 7 2008
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About the Author
Iain McCaig's commitment to storytelling has taken many forms: concept designer, illustrator, animator and screenwriter. A veteran of Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm, Ltd., and George Lucas' premiere production division, JAK Films, he was one of the principal designers of the prequel Star Wars saga. His directorial debut, The Face, won the Gold Medal for Best Family Film at the Houston International Film Festival.
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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.)
I'm not sure I like that the book is a fantasy story about Byron the intrviewer who falls into Ian McCaig's imaginary world, Shadowline. I think the idea is very creative, and I have enjoyed the beginning. However, as a standalone fantasy, the story it is weak. It's disjointed. I'm not sure how to explain... It is as if we fell into this incredible world where we caught glimpses of characters and settings, but we were snatched away before anything really made sense. The sporting cast of characters come across as rather flat. In the end there are more questions than answers. What is the deal with the mouse? Is the Centaurine McCaig's muse? Why does McCaig become a monster? Why a pigmy T-Rex? ... I'm sure all of this makes sense in the author's mind, but I cannot connect the dots; in the end the story left me dissatisfied.
While reading the book, I hoped to find out more about the artist; I hoped for some funny anecdotes from his life, his struggles and triumphs, words of wisdom... I bought this book because I watched McCaig's Schoolism interview. I fell in love with the guy. I expected more of that guy in this book, but he was barely in it.
I did like the tiny lesson booklets included in the book, though most of these lessons were not new to me.
In conclusion, this is not a bad book. I was disappointed, because it could have been so much better.
Most recent customer reviews
If you get a chance I highly recommend this book. Better yet get his dvd's and take a class . He is infectiousPublished on July 16 2014 by Alan B. Wilson