The Art of Cars 2

        Category: Book Reviews The art of | Article posted on: June 16, 2011

Another book in the ‘Art of Pixar’ series, this detailed look into the creation of the second installment of the Cars series shares the artwork and experiences of the animators behind Pixar’s most commercially successful franchise.

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award(R)-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and most recently, UP, the northern California studio has won 24 Academy Awards and its nine films have grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office to date.

This is a wonderful art book for the sequel of Cars. It’s packed with sketches, storyboards, character designs, background drawings and also discarded concepts. There are plenty of new characters and a few bigger locations.

The visual contrast is quite huge, compared to The Art of Cars, as the characters travel to different race tracks around the world. There’s a noticeable lack of traditional medium art – lots of digital paint over set renders – but the digital art looks great too. The grayscale pencil digital sketches look nice and detailed.

The environment designs are beautiful and extremely scenic. Lightning McQueen will be racing in three different countries, namely Tokyo, London and Italy. There are additional places where they are traveling across.

It’s really interesting to see familiar places getting transformed into a car-friendly world. Even the famous Notre Dame and Lourve are redesigned to take on some automobile motif. Races in Tokyo and London were adapted to the cities. A new city was created for the Italian track with finesse to match the amazing architecture. Discarded concepts include Germany’s Black Forest, Prague, a port and other buildings.

The character designs are lovely. Other than cars, there are now also boats, cranes and planes. Lightning McQueen has a new cooler design, one of a lightning turning into a flame. Mater has several makeovers as well. There are a few spies, those cars with guns fitted under their hood or on the wheels. You’ll also get to see some geisha, sumo cars and the iconic London bus. There are some lemon cars as well, the automotive anomalies who are the bad guys in the film.

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