Author: Daniel Falconer
Reading Level: Adult
Series: First in the Hobbit Chronicles
Summary: A detailed look at the art and design work behind the first Hobbit movie, including over a thousand images. This book includes designs for costumes, characters, sets, locations and creatures. There are pencil sketches, digital pieces and photos.
Red Flags: Art and designs of hideous creatures
My Rating: A-
I love the three art books for the Lord of the Rings movie series, and I enjoy a good movie art book in general. Strangely enough though, this book fell prey to the same malady as the Hobbit movies--Overstretcheditis. No, of course I did not just make up that term. (...) Anyway, I love looking at all the designs, but I see no reason why this could not have been combined with the following book (Creatures and Characters).
I rate the art and the behind the scenes stuff an A, but the drawn out nature dragged my rating down a bit. I also object to putting just the artists' initials by their artwork. I could keep track of a lot of them--I am pretty familiar with their names already--but, if it were me, I would be a bit peeved by that. Give them proper, spelled out credit! Also I got a little weary of people praising Peter Jackson for his genius. I guess I just don't think he's a genius these days.
The art books for LOTR are definitely superior, but I never object to seeing pencil sketches from John Howe and Alan Lee. Movie making stuff always interests me too, but I wish this series were a bit more concise, as it easily could be. (Also I missed seeing art from Christian Rivers and Jeremy Bennett, but that's not the book's fault. OR IS IT???)