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Book Review: Art of Kung Fu Panda

Art of Kung Fu Panda

This is an awesome book. It screams "character design" and shoots darts of awesome-ness.

The pages are filled with beautiful character designs from Nicolas Marlet. Each major character has their own chapter, an interesting background story explaining how they were conceived and designed. It's impressive how Nicolas Marlet manages to breathe life into them, drawing them in such a way that they are lovely and lively. The artists understand body language very well, and they show it through the poses and really reflects the characteristics of each character.

The prop designs are also wonderful. All have their purpose and mean something in Chinese history. Even the title typography of the book was designed to mimic Chinese words.

Illustrations are printed large in detail throughout the book, depicting mainly movie scenes.

This book is worth getting even if you haven't watched Kung Fu Panda. It's inspiring for anyone who loves art and animation.

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