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The Skillful Huntsman: Visual Development of a Grimm Tale at Art Center College of Design Paperback – May 1 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press; Ill edition (May 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972667644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972667647
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.2 x 25.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 871 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2009
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This is essentially a sketchbook. It also looks very much like a school project for art students. And the art students in particular are Khang Le, Mike Yamada and Felix Yoon.

The Skillful Huntsman is actually a story by the Brothers Grimm.

Based on the short story, the artists then came up with concept drawings for the characters, set, props and environment. As you can see in the video, there are lots of sketches on character designs. For every subject, there's comment from the artist on the thought process for the creation. And just beneath that comment is another one from the Scott Robertson, a teacher at the Art College of Design.

It's fun to see how the 3 artists interpret the stories and come up with their own unique concepts and designs.

Bear in mind that this book was published in 2005. These talented students have already gone on to work at major studios.

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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Great book, very inspirational. Good for seeing the basics of some of the processes that visual concept artists go through.
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Beautiful art book. Am proud to own.
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This book is entrancing.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9b6f60) out of 5 stars A Great Sketchbook Oct. 20 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
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This is essentially a sketchbook. It also looks very much like a school project for art students. And the art students in particular are Khang Le, Mike Yamada and Felix Yoon.

The Skillful Huntsman is actually a story by the Brothers Grimm.

Based on the short story, the artists then came up with concept drawings for the characters, set, props and environment. As you can see in the video, there are lots of sketches on character designs. For every subject, there's comment from the artist on the thought process for the creation. And just beneath that comment is another one from the Scott Robertson, a teacher at the Art College of Design.

It's fun to see how the 3 artists interpret the stories and come up with their own unique concepts and designs.

Bear in mind that this book was published in 2005. These talented students have already gone on to work at major studios.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9b6fb4) out of 5 stars Shockingly Good May 29 2006
By A. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just bought the book today after leafing through it at a local comic book store in New York. The concept art is great. All three artists are very talented. So why shockingly good? Here's why. These guys are young- very young to be this good. Art is a function of talent, focus, and practicing the craft. It's apparent that these kids have done all three.
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HASH(0x9b9b9408) out of 5 stars An Insightful Look at Creating Concept Art Jan. 9 2011
By Poisoned Blade - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Dawn Unruh - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever wondered what students work at art center looks like? look no further, both the skillful huntsmen and into the future are absolutely stunning books for the students at art center. For anyone who has ever dreamed of pursuing concept art as a career, these two books are amazing!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9b9aa4) out of 5 stars Beautiful, Imaginative, Inspirational Feb. 28 2012
By T. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book originally because it sounded interesting: three artists conceptualizing the same fairytale. What I got was a book FILLED with sketches (which I love, as an artist myself). These three gentlemen walk us through their creative process visually, so you can see how blocking out character shapes turns into detailed character design with color, attitude, and even some humor. I flip through this book regularly (have had it now for two years), and I'll see a headdress here, a sword there, a detail on a gown, and it gives me new ideas for my own characters.

Of the MANY books that claim to be concept art, The Skillful Huntsman is, by far, the best I've found. Love love love.


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