Seven of the best tomes from 2014 make essential after-class reading for anyone who wants a wellrounded outlook on the history, iconic artists and techniques of today.
In celebration of the studio’s 20th anniversary, DreamWorks Animation and Abrams Books have put together an unprecedented, behindthe-scenes journey through its archives. With former Animag editor Zahed to guide you, slip into this lushly illustrated guide to DreamWorks’ achievements, from the hand-drawn The Prince of Egypt to the claymation of Chicken Run and on to the technology stepping stones of CG works Antz, Shark Tale, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the upcoming Home. In addition to 325 pieces of concept art, character design and storyboards (in a 324-page book!), readers are treated to a foreword from CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, an introduction from chief creative officer Bill Damaschke and running commentary full of insider perspectives, memories and observations from the artists and directors behind all of DreamWorks’ films to-date. To quote Damaschke, this is truly a “compendium of all that DreamWorks has been and all that it will be.” ment. Readers are treated to 200 illustrations and can hone their increasing knowledge as they go with a dozen step-by-step projects, offering creative challenges through exercises building a virtual classroom, “all access” terrain, sound-based game and more.