There’s something greatly appealing about
concept art – especially that of major motion pictures. And especially that of
the latest instalment of Superman. After all, any concept artist would give
their left hand (or right, depending on dexterity) to work on such a project.
And that’s why we were so excited to get
our hands on this latest ‘Art Of’ book from Titan. Containing over 200 pieces
of art – including costume design, environment paintings, storyboards and more
– this book feels packed to the rafters; every illustration (apart from those
originally in pen and ink that is) is full colour, and large images give this
tome a real luxury feel.
The book is neatly divided into sections –
looking at the conceptual art and designs behind characters and sets. Naturally
it starts with the man of steel himself, focusing on the highly debated change
of costume, and looking in detail at the texture of the new, smaller S crest.
It’s this level of detail that makes the book so interesting. Another example
of this comes in the Metropolis section, where you’re treated to concepts of
the entire city right down to artwork featuring on posters in bars.
The Metropolis section of the book is
particularly impressive, with amazingly-detailed artwork from Tani Kunitake,
Jeff Julian, Jim Feldman and others on show.
The Krypton section is a little short of
art – and although it’s undeniably impressive, we wish there was a little more
in the way of concepts detailing Superman’s ship and home planet. The final
section, showing Lex Luthor, his henchmen and costumes (along with some cool
storyboards) is a fitting end to a great book. If you love Superman, it’s a
no-brainer. If you love concept art, it’s definitely worth a look. If you love
both… well, you work it out.