Book Review: The Art of Puss in Boots

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This art book is wonderfully whimsical, just like the crazy fairytale world created by DreamWorks. It also made me realize one thing. The only thing cuter than Puss in Boots is kitten Puss in Boots.

The first image that blew me away is on page 2. It's the one with Puss and Humpty Alexander Dumpty (awesome name) lying on the grass on a lazy afternoon, looking at a giant goose made of cloud floating so casually in the sky. It's a beautiful yet simple image that says so much about the friendship between a cat and an egg.

The concept art in this book are not just stunning, they tell stories.

DreamWorks have given classic fairytales more twists than imaginable. All these are told in beautifully composed scene paintings, filled with so much details inviting you to investigate further. You can marvel at the Mexican and Spanish inspired neighbourhood Puss and Humpty grew up it, check out the bars and the amusing wanted posters, find out the secrets of fairytale characters and more.

There are lots of character designs, location drawings, and interesting commentary from the artists. Sketches, colourscripts, storyboards, but the best are the scene paintings. The other piece which I like is one of Humpty in prison with his shell defaced with childish graffiti. That's a heart wrenching scene and the artist totally nailed it.

This is a fun and entertaining book with well executed ideas. Highly recommended.

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There seems to be 2 different

There seems to be 2 different publishers that print this book. They have different page count and different book size. Do you know what the differences are Parka? One is from Insight Editions and the other is Titan.

hello parka, i was wondering

hello parka,
i was wondering if a art of dreamworks's "spirit" exists? because i really like this movie and i love the art of dreamworks usually (kung fu panda,how train your dragon...)
i never saw it, so i don't think it exists but i ask anyway

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