A world designed by animals

How do you create a world inhabited by animals but make it feel like it was created by them? One possible answer lies in the art of Zootropolis. This book is jam-packed with beautiful art work! Each page is filled with concepts and paintings that develop the look and feel of the film. All aspects of the world have been thought about and the book provides a really good insight into the evolution of ideas that a film of this scope has to go through.

As an Environment Artist, Zootropolis is one of Disney’s better films for me due to the way the world has been created and shown to us throughout the film. Having so many different animal habitats seemingly flow one into another works on so many levels and I can really appreciate the time that must have been spent planning how it could functionally work opposed to making it work for the sake of it.

I’ve included a handful of images from the art book below but I do recommend purchasing the book for yourself to really get an understanding of what went into making the film what it is. If you haven’t seen the film then I recommend that you stop reading this and go and watch it. You will not be disappointed!

All of the images below were created by the highly talented concept team at Disney. Feast your eyes!

 

 

Journey. The art of game development

Journey is not your stereotypical video game. It makes no demands on the player and doesn’t ask you to do anything specific in order to finish it. It’s a relaxing experience from start to finish as you uncover what your journey is about. If you haven’t already played Journey then I really encourage you to download and play it. It’s available for download for free on the Sony PlayStation Store and can be played on PS3 and PS4.

Before I continue with this art book post I have to point out that there will be spoilers. You’ll understand more about the images and descriptions if you’ve already played the game so I really do suggest playing it before continuing. It’ll take you a maximum of 3 to 4 hours and everything below will make a lot more sense afterwards!

This is in no way a book review just an opportunity to display some of the work that went into such a wonderful game. This book is a very rare and as far as I’m aware the book is no longer being published. Feast your eyes!

This is a fantastic art book and the above images are only a small selection from it. I might revisit it in the future as it really is an excellent look at the amount of work that goes into the development of a game.

Thanks for reading/looking!

Shedding light on dusty pages.

I saw a post on Artstation a couple of weeks ago by an Environment Artist called Devon Fay. It was about how he had built up a collection of art books over the years but had only opened and flicked through them a few times. They are now just sat on his shelf gathering dust. I’m in a similar position myself with my art book collection. I don’t even have enough space for them all in my own home…

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In an attempt to breathe new life into them Devon is doing a weekly blog about each of his and he has inspired me to do something similar. Unfortunately I can’t read and write about one every week but I am going to aim to do at least one a month (to begin with). As you can see from the pictures some of them are a lot thicker than others so I’ll need a little extra time to peruse them. Some of these books are a little tricky to get hold of so I want to do each book justice. Expect lots of pictures, maybe not so much writing!

If there is a particular book you want me to do first (or ones for subsequent posts) then get in touch! I’m thinking about writing my first book post on one that takes us on a Journey.