The Art of Kung Fu Panda 2
Author Tracey Miller-Zarneke | Publisher Titan Books | Price £25 | Available Now

Titan’s latest ‘Art of’ book is an inspirational fist in the face for all would-be concept artists. Take character design: you’ll find pencil and marker sketches, digital paints and Maya models, with storyboards showing the beasts in action. Not all the creations are revealed as final renders, but that’s okay – the journey is invariably more interesting than the destination.

The sequel’s environments prove just as engaging, with models and maquettes being thrown into the mix. A detailed look at a key action sequence, from rough sketches right through to final lighting, rounds things off nicely. Key players contribute to the book’s insightful text, meaning this useful resource manages to inform, not overload.

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