Book Review: Hellboy II The Art of the Movie

Hellboy II Art of the Movie

My colleague, aka rocketraygun on deviantART, has kindly passed me his copy of Hellboy II The Art of the Movie, for review.

This book wasn't hard covered and had 224 pages. The paper stock belonged more to the magazine type, but much thicker.

The art book features plenty of concept art throughout the pages with relating movie scripts. A considerable amount of artwork was draw using pencil. I haven't seen as much pencil coverage on other books. There are lots of painted stuff too. All felt very raw and simulated pages that had just come off the artists' drawing board.

The drawings, storyboards, character designs were captioned by original Hellboy artist Mike Mignola, and other concept artists, providing plenty of insights into the designs.

3D computer graphics write up was missing from the book. Computer graphics fans looking to read about how the characters are modeled and the technology behind the movie, be prepared to be disappointed. This art book is all about concept.

More monster art will be featured in the other art book called Monsters of Hellboy II.

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Wow, lots of line art. Thanks for the review.

Are there any good pictures of the Elven King's bodyguards in this book?

That looks seriously interesting. Hadn't noticed it until now. But with all these artists, Drew Struzan is still missing, and although his poster wasn't used, it still exists. Del Toro would have wanted it in there, and I fear that was prohibited. :(

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