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This is the second art book I've reviewed, the first also being fromVisit my blog to see several examples of the gorgeous art lying within this book!
This is the second art book I've reviewed, the first also being from Disney, TALE AS OLD AS TIME: THE ART AND MAKING OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Charles Solmon (Check it out!). While TAOAT was an in-depth look at the making of one of my favorite Disney movies and a wealth of information, THE ART OF THE DISNEY PRINCESS is more of a straight-forward art book, full of character illustrations across various medium.
The book opens with an introduction from Glen Keane (Yes, THE Glen Keane who animated classic characters such as Ariel, Beast, and Aladdin, as well as new favorite Rapunzel, and many other beloved characters! He's also the son of Sunday Comic Strip Artist Bil Keane [FAMILY CIRCUS]). The pages are lined with work from many Disney character artists and designers, from sketches to photographs, to full-out works of art. The pages are crammed with beautiful renderings of our favorite Disney heroines.
While the book states it's for the "princesses," it also includes artwork for characters such as Mulan (I don't understand why she's considered a princess because she isn't one, as much as I love the girl...). I was also thrilled to see seldom-mentioned Disney princesses such as Kida [ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE] and Tiger Lily [PETER PAN], both rendered gorgeously by Cathy Clark.
I love that the book is interspersed with essays and introductions by various designers talking about why they love the princesses, or how they got into animation. It's all fascinating to me. Every image mentions the medium used, from traditional tools such as charcoal and paint to digital media such as Photoshop and Corel.
While I didn't love every image shown, I enjoyed looking at the vast majority and could spend hours devouring each page if I let myself. Some of the illustrations are just stunning. Like most art books, this one doesn't come cheap, but if you can get a used copy or find a great deal (I waited for a good coupon last year!), you can snag a copy of your own for a reasonable price. This is definitely a book to own and not just look at online. There's a tactile quality to holding art in your hands!
The book's back cover showcases a peek at nine of the illustrations you'll find inside: