Over the last two decades, Dreamworks Animation Studios has produced 30 films. In honor of the studios’ 20th Anniversary, they released The Art of Dreamworks Animation, which features over 300 pages of great artwork. By aggregating artwork from each of the Dreamworks Animation movies, this book serves as a nice collection of the Studio’s history.
For me, the single most striking aspect of Dreamworks animated films are their colors. When you think of the King Fu Panda or Madagascar films, your mind automatically thinks of the appealing color palettes of these movies. This makes for a wonder art book, and fortunately the colors within the book are every bit as bold and vibrant as they are on screen.
One of the virtues of the book is that the artwork is so diverse – there’s everything from early drawings and pencil sketches to polished character pieces. You really get a sense for how the design process progresses on films like these. Keep in mind that with animation, absolutely everything is created out of nothing. Even the simplest things that are taken for granted in live-action films have to be methodically designed in animation.
Each of the films gets about a dozen or so pages. It’s worth noting that many of these films also have their own individual full-size art and making-of books, so if you’re interested in exploring a particular film then you might consider also picking up it’s separate companion book, which will include much more art and go more in-depth about the production.
My personal favorites from an artwork perspective are Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon.
In closing, I highly recommend The Art of Dreamworks Animation. The book is a really great value and would make an excellent gift for fans of movies, animation, or art in general.
(See below for complete list of films depicted in the book).
*Republished with permission from MovieArtBook.com
Full List of Films Represented
The Prince of Egypt
Road to El Dorado
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Over the Hedge
Shrek the Third
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Monsters vs. Aliens
How to Train Your Dragon
Shrek Forever After
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Rise of the Guardians
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
How to Train Your Dragon 2
ART OF THE FILM
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