The Art of Pixar: The Complete Colorscripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation

Every year, my relatives from the U.S. go back to the Philippines to celebrate Christmas with us. Because of that, I asked my auntie to buy me one because it's not available here since it's a new book. It made me extremely happy when my aunt said that she'll buy me one. But let's not talk about that. Now on to the review!

Here's the whole cover with the orange strip on. I am a HUGE fan of Pixar! So when I found out that they're releasing this book, I immediately wanted one. As an art student, this is a great book for inspiration and motivation. It's also a nice coffee table book. I wish one day I could work for them. Filipinos aren't new anyways to Pixar Animation Studios. There are a lot of Filipinos there. There's even a term for Filipinos who work at Pixar. They're called Pixnoys. For me, Pixar's way of creating animated films is very unique that's why it's loved by many. Personally, I love how they make their art starting from the concept to the final product. Trust me, I've seen.

What's written at the back: Over the past twenty-five years the extraordinary team at Pixar has revolutionized animated films. Celebrate the creativity and imagination of the groundbreaking studio with this comprehensive collection of behind-the-scenes art. Featuring introductory essays by veteran animation writer Amid Amidi and a foreword from John Lasseter, the complete colorscripts from Pixar's feature and short films, as well as a wide selection of lush visual development art, this deluxe volume offers a new look at the vibrant worlds, characters and art of Pixar.

Now let me give you a sneak peek of what's inside. But first, I'll explain to you what colorscripts are. Colorscripts are a roadmap for the way the color (and thus emotion) would be applied throughout the film. 

For the artists who created animated films, color is integral in setting the tone of a film and conveying the right atmosphere to support the characters and plot. Few studios have explored its possibilities as the artists at Pixar have, and it a ll begins with a colorscript.

So basically, that's where animators base the colors in a scene to set the right mood.

This is the cover for Toy Story's color scripts. The concept art images within the text is a really nice touch.

Since Toy Story focuses on toys (duh), they made the colorscripts look like they were drawn by a kid hence the crayon feel and texture.

The style that they used for The Incredibles has a paper cut out look. And it also has a retro feel to it like the ones from classic superhero movies. These are just some examples of their colorscripts. You'll find much more inside when you get/read one. It includes almost all of their films and all of their short films or Pixar shorts.

This image of an art from Finding Nemo is an example of a visual development art. This is different from colorscripts. Development art is more of a concept art. There are more examples of development art inside which is a great bonus to the colorscripts.

Well, that's it for this post. If you're a Pixar fan like me or wants inspiration from them, this book is a must-have. You'll surely get lots of inspiration. Honestly, I'm kind of a lazy person so whenever I look at this book, I immediately want to start drawing. It's just that good. I really recommend getting a copy. I think this book is not yet available in the Philippines but you can order it from Amazon :)

And before I go, here's what the front and back cover looks like without the orange strip/title. It looks nice, right?

(Blog post updated Dec. 29, 2012. Originally published on December 2011)

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