The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles I: Art & Design

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles I: Art & Design

Daniel Falconer Dan Hennah Richard Taylor / Feb 24, 2020

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Chronicles I Art Design This sumptuous book celebrates the creative vision of Academy Award winning filmmaker Peter Jackson s The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey It is packed with than images of concept artwork photograp

  • Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles I: Art & Design
  • Author: Daniel Falconer Dan Hennah Richard Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780062200907
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This sumptuous book celebrates the creative vision of Academy Award winning filmmaker Peter Jackson s The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey It is packed with than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that revealsThis sumptuous book celebrates the creative vision of Academy Award winning filmmaker Peter Jackson s The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey It is packed with than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals the story behind the vision Compiled by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer, this is the first in a series of lavish hardback books written and designed by the award winning team at Weta, who are working closely with the production team to guarantee that these books will be bursting with insider information and stunning visual imagery.

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      • Daniel Falconer Dan Hennah Richard Taylor

        Daniel Falconer joined Weta Workshop in 1996, shortly before The Lord of the Rings With a degree in graphic design, majoring in illustration, Daniel has an enthusiasm for world design and the development of imaginary cultures and creatures as a means to tell stories He also has a deep knowledge of Tolkien s Middle earth, thanks to an avid interest in the books and associated materials, which frequently proved useful on the project.This led to Daniel also being involved in writing copy for Weta s licensed collectible products from The Lord of the Rings, a role that has continued alongside his design responsibilities in the years that have followed.Taking a leading role in Weta s publishing endeavours, Daniel has written and collated a number of books including The World of Kong and The Crafting of Narnia, showcasing the illustrative work of the entire design department on King Kong and the two Chronicles of Narnia movies, and The Art of District 9 Weta Workshop More recently has returned to Middle earth to work on The Hobbit.


    1. (More pictures on my blog)This is a wonderful companion art book for the movie. In some ways, I like it better than the ones from LOTR.The cover is beautifully embossed with texture and shine. It's 272-pages and big. Behind the cover is Thorin's Map that you can tear out from the perforated edges, and at the back is a long gatefold of Bilbo's Burglar contract should you want to read the fine prints to see what Bilbo has gotten himself into.There's a generous amount of concept art included that f [...]

    2. Este libro es genial para la gente que le guste el diseño y todas esas cosas.A mí me ha gustado muchísimo porque el libro en sí es una obra de arte, y porque adoro todo lo que tiene que ver con la Tierra Media y Tolkien.Las imágenes son geniales, y las explicaciones, y ver cómo hicieron todos los objetos importantes de la película y cómo tomaron las decisiones.Sin duda está entre mis pequeños tesoros.

    3. Nice look at the design that went into various central characters to the Hobbit movies. It includes quotes from the designers.

    4. Sui film ci possono essere opinioni contrastanti, come per esempio l'aggiunta di personaggi che nel libro non esistono, e su questo posso essere un poco d'accordo.Ma leggere e vedere le foto, e i disegni in questo libro (e nei successivi), fa capire veramente quanto lavoro e quanta passione ci sia dietro la loro realizzazione.Come cosplayer, trovo sempre affascinante la realizzazione di costumi ed accessori vari nei film, e vedere qui quante persone hanno lavorato e quanti materiali hanno usato, [...]

    5. Okay, I purchased this book at supanova (kinda like comic con but in Australia) and Daniel Falconer was there! Not only is this book super amazing for us Hobbit/LOTR nerds but he signed it as well!! 🎉🎉

    6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Chronicles: Art & Design gives a detailed and fun look at how all of the visuals for the movie were done. The artwork is brilliant and sketches seem to fill every available space on the set and character pages. Looking at this book and reading the artist quotes, you really get a sense of just how involved everything was, how invested the artists were in bringing their vision to life. It's evident (and admirable) that shortcuts were rarely taken--even the s [...]

    7. No voy a poder ser imparcial, me encantan los libros de arte fantástico, los de diseño conceptual y Tolkien, así que este libro me pareció grandioso. Ojo, no tan fascinante como los dedicados a cada peli de la Trilogía de ESDLA, porque en ellos se empezaba a plasmar el mundo cinematográfico de Tolkien y la experimentación y las etapas del diseño fueron mucho mayores, y aquí casi todo ya estaba establecido. Aun así es genial ver el arte de dos maestros como Howe y Lee y los diseños de [...]

    8. This is one brilliant book for anyone who loves Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's novel 'The Hobbit'. It goes without saying that The Hobbit (movie) is beautifully filmed and the detail that has gone into making such a film is shown to us through this book.From the concept art by John Howe and Alan Lee to how the Trolls were brought to life - this book has everything and anything you would want to know about the design and making of such a magnificent film.Needless to say I gave it a [...]

    9. Ich liebe Bücher zum Film und dieses hat mir sehr gefallen. Die ganzen Infos und Bilder zum Charakterdesign sind einfach toll gemacht

    10. 2,6 en verdad :/ siento que es una buena historia, pero personalmente no me llegué a vincular con ningún personaje :'( terminarlo fue todo un reto D:

    11. This is a wonderful companion art book for the movie, The Hobbit, and I like it far more than the Lord of the Rings movie companion books, though to be honest I prefer The Hobbit over Lord of the Rings full stop.The cover is beautifully embossed with texture and shine. It's 208-pages, it's big and it's heavy, but it is gorgeous, so this makes up for that. To me it has the perfect feel for curling up in my armchair and having a read through, or just looking at all the gorgeous illustration in it. [...]

    12. 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art & Design' is a gorgeous hardcover book that is packed cover to cover with over a thousand images of concept art, photographs, sketches and paintings from the artists working behind the scenes to help bring Peter Jackson's vision of 'The Hobbit' onto the screen.The book is compiled by Weta senior concept designer Daniel Falconer with a foreward by Production Designer Dan Hannah and an introduction from Richard Taylor, Weta's Design & Spe [...]

    13. (Full review here.)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 th [...]

    14. Great book. Even serves as a good companion to WETA: The Collector's Guide 2011 with a small listing at the end of available to order WETA Collectibles for the film. The book also features reproductions of Thorin's map and Bilbo's contract. The only two caveats I have is the size and landscape style of the book does not match up with Art of Lord of the Rings books published a few years ago and the fact that this is actually only one half of a two book set for the first film. The volume covering [...]

    15. The Hobbit feels almost feels like an exercise in how to maximize the exposure of a single property. The one book was turned into 3 movies, those 3 movies then spawned not 1 art book each, but 2 each. Three movies and six art books for the one original novel.This is the first book of the first film and focuses on the art and design of the environments and the major characters. Of particular interest was the design process behind the dwarves and their props. The original novel didn't go into exha [...]

    16. WOW. STUNNING!! This book is a feast for your eyeballs! It is a beautiful companion to the movie. Even if you have only read the book and haven't seen the movie you will love it - It is purely magical. It showcases how all the characters and the major locations of middle earth were brought to life for the movie. It even includes a large fold out map as well as the burglar's contract. I am thoroughly impressed at all the details that went into making the movie. It is a must read for any fan of th [...]

    17. This might be the best movie art book I've ever purchased. Not only is the book beautiful inside and out, but it has everything you would want in an art of the movie book. All the main characters and their designs are here. Some of the most interesting sets/environments in the movie also made it in. The writing and the perspective of the artists is interesting to read throughout. Art & Design also has two of my favorite parts of any movie art book. Both the rejected (but still very interesti [...]

    18. I liked seeing the artist's various conceptions of the characters and sets and reading about what inspired the final piece, like the shape of Glamdring. I thought it was interesting that they said they had to re-create the Green Dragon Inn from scratch because there we no construction documents of the original set. The Tolkien fan can also learn a lot about the characters that isn't stated in the film by reading the design notes. You also learn how much input the director has in everything, at l [...]

    19. This was beautiful and interesting and well I just love everything hobbit related really. If you're a fan of the movie, and learning about how it was adapted and the characters and about the book as well, then definitely try to get your hands on this. It is a bit pricey, mine was 50 AUS dollars, but completely worth it. It also comes with a replica of Thorin's map and a replica of the Burglar contract. It's just so in depth, and the pictures are so so beautiful and the detail and information is [...]

    20. A very easy read. Moves quickly. It helped with my understanding of the first of the HOBBIT movie trilogy, which I will likely now re-watch. It should be more engaging on repeat viewing.Still, I can't say that I'm a hobbit aficionado. THE HOBBIT is really a children's book, and I prefer books geared to adults. BUT I will now give LORD OF THE RINGS a go to see if it captures my interest. The evil in LOTR is more nuanced, I expect.I have friends who re-read the Tolkien books as frequently as Jane [...]

    21. If you like books about the behind-the-scenes work of the art department on a film, this book (from Weta) is a great one! Full of photos and illustrations, it tells the story of what went into the making of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" from the art department's perspective.Of special note are the full-size replica of Thorin's map and the almost-full-size replica of the contract Bilbo signed. As a wanna-be artist myself, I've been enjoying trying to sketch the artwork in the book (with var [...]

    22. What can I say, this is a well-constructed book of pure, conceptual imagery. I loved reading about the character thoughts and back stories (like learning about the dwarves). I can't wait to watch the DVD now to see the extras that the movie didn't include like Belladonna Took's appearance; and how Gandalf traveled under the hill to meet up with the questing band. Seeing the drawn costumes and locations for those scenes has me anxious to see more of this world both in the cinematic and literary v [...]

    23. How can it be fantasy and nonfiction at the same time? (I don't know, ask Lance Armstrong's 2001 biography. ZING! ha ha.) But I digress. This beautiful book displays the original concept art - sketches, painting, models, computer-generated portraits, etc - used in the creation and conception of the Hobbit movie. It is absolutely astounding how much thought and consideration goes into each moment of a film. I didn't even remember (I am embarrassed to admit) all the scenes that were referenced by [...]

    24. I am counting this as "read" even though I skipped the five pages about the Great Goblin, because who wants to look at him for any longer than necessary? Anyway, when it comes to this book, I suspect there are two kinds of people: those who don't care, and those who wish there were about 80 more pages of pictures. I wanted full back and side views of all the costumes, dangit.(Also, while I appreciated the little section on Dwarf women, their beards were much two wispy. You will never convince me [...]

    25. Great look into the concept art and design of The Hobbit, including things that "didn't make it in" to the theatrical release, though DID in the Extended Edition. Includes designs for Belladonna and the Sackville-Baggins, little Bilbo, and possibly Smaug's claw (although that's all we'll see of him other than a few spare shots until the next film). Consider it an appendix to the first film, a great companion piece, worth the greater expense for anyone that likes the pre-production/creative proce [...]

    26. This is insanely beautiful, astounding, incredible. The sheer volume of concept art that goes into an epic film like The Hobbit trilogy or The Lord of the Rings trilogy is impossible to imagine. Even in reading this book, one cannot fathom the amount of miniscule detail that goes into every character, every prop, every setting, every scene. This is why the movies feel so real - because even if all of the original details don't make it to the screen, the backstories were all in the minds of the a [...]

    27. Like any concept art book, this is filled with different artwork, some that made it onto the screen and some that didn't. I love seeing the various renditions of the characters, especially the dwarves, and how each character was finalized. Any fan of the Hobbit should pick this up, and actually, anyone interested in concept art or seeing how a production/art/the whole team puts together a film should also look into checking this out.

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