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With Finding Dory making its way into cinemas later this month, Disney Pixar, through Chronicle Books, has released The Art of Finding Dory, an art book which details the initial concept art for the film and how this art, and the film itself, developed. Including both of these original ideas and the art of the film, the majority of the book itself is split into three different acts - to reflect the three acts of the film itself, and to be able to take its readers through different aspects and parts of the film in astounding detail - with a handful of pages just devoted to some glorious detailing, artwork and reasoning behind how and why the film included the particular setting of the Marine Institute.

The book itself is also an incredible insight into finding out how Disney and Pixar work, create and develop their films, but particularly their newest offering, Finding Dory. From initial character drawings, to notes from those working on the film, to even an explanation as to how a specific type of lighting was created to make the film’s setting of the sea more realistic, this is both eye-opening and informative, making the book a must for any aspiring animator or even artist. It goes into so much depth into the likes of setting, colour and lighting that you really start to appreciate all the consideration and work that goes into animated films, but particularly Finding Dory.

Even if you have no interest how animated films like Finding Dory are made and developed, the artwork itself is enough to warrant that you pick up a copy. Every page is filled with lush, intricate drawings (both hand drawn and digital drawings) that really show off the skill and talent of the artists of Disney, and you will undoubtedly be captivated by the beautiful drawings and digital art that this book holds as soon as you turn the first page - they’re absolutely captivating. This book feels very much like a ‘coffee-table’ book - it’s almost far too detailed to read all in one sitting, and is perfect to place on your coffee table because it’s very much a book that you can keep coming back to again and again - particularly as it isn’t too text-heavy, leaving the gorgeous artwork to speak for itself and demand to be viewed over and over.

So if you’re a fan of the film, a Disney fan who’s intrigued about the inner-workings of their films and how they are developed and made - right from the storyboards onwards - or just a fan of animation and beautiful art in general, then this is the perfect book for you.



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