The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design marks the beginning of a series of comprehensive and beautifully presented books created by the artists at the heart of the film-making process.
The book presents hundreds of full colour conceptual drawings and paintings, along with set designs, sculpture and glorious photography across more than 200 pages.
The book showcases art by the film’s concept art directors Alan Lee and John Howe, alongside work from other artists of the film’s 3 foot 7 Art Department, Costume Department and Weta Workshop.
It truly is a unique opportunity to see artwork by a wide range of artists across a multitude of disciplines in the film-making community of Wellington, New Zealand and to hear directly from them about the inspiration behind their work.
Included is a Foreword by Academy Award winner Dan Hennah, 3 foot 7 Production Designer for the films. The book also features commentaries by Dan, 3 foot 7 Costume Designer Ann Maskrey, Academy Award Winners Peter King, 3 foot 7 Make-up and Hair Designer, and Weta Workshop’s Design and Special Effects Supervisor Richard Taylor.
In addition to artist quotes, cast members reflect on the work and share insights into their involvement in the design process.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design showcases work by artists from:
“We are very excited to be creating a series of books that celebrate the amazing work that is being done on The Hobbit movies. They will show the incredible attention to detail that goes into everything that is being produced for these films and are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the designs and artistry of so many people within their respective departments.” Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop.
Readers will be able to follow the design process as it unfolds with early sketches and final designs. The book offers an unprecedented insight into the conceptual processes behind the making of an epic film.
“We are thrilled to be involved with the Weta Publishing team in the creation of the Hobbit (Specialist) Books. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work produced by our amazingly talented artists & craftspeople who are responsible for conceptualizing, designing & building the sets, props and dressings for The Hobbit.” Dan Hennah, 3 foot 7 Art Department.
The book is written by Weta Workshop senior designer Daniel Falconer, an avid fan of the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, making him eminently suited to telling the stories of the artisans’ work based on Tolkien’s book; The Hobbit.
The second book in the series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Creatures & Characters (blue) and the third book: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Chronicles: Art & Design (red).
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design is published as an embossed hardcover edition without dustjacket.
All signed books ship directly from Weta's warehouse in Wellington, New Zealand in a specially commissioned cardboard box sturdy enough to ensure your book will arrive in great condition.
All books ship directly from Weta's warehouse in Wellington, New Zealand in a specially commissioned cardboard box sturdy enough to ensure your book will arrive in pristine condition.
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The book is amazing! I could not put down the book when... Read more.
The book is amazing! I could not put down the book when I got it. Everything about it was spectacular! The images were amazing, as well as Thorin's map, and Bilbo's contract on the back! The best artbook I have ever seen! I can't wait for the next ones! Thanks again for a spectacular book! Hide.
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Ultimate Hobbit Artbook ♥♥
Daniel... You've done it again!
Upon opening the book...I'm struck by the beauty... Read more.
Daniel... You've done it again!
Upon opening the book...I'm struck by the beauty of it and the detail - made with love. Its definitely going to be a go-to book for creative know-how and may end up a bit tatty because if it.
And now...I've had a better look:
Gooddie! A book loaded with design process and artwork for the film, lovingly stiched together by Daniel Falconer. Artwork to appreciate and take encouragement from. And we get to see what our favourite artists do all day!
The book also seems to carry with it the friendliness of the people in it, their professionalism and humour. Glorious pictures and sketches, pencil through to digital. An insight to the world of behind the scenes that I will relish and make tatty with constant reference. Hide.
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