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A stunning masterpiece of animated storytelling. Avatar: The Last Airbender has been syndicated to more than 120 countries around the world, inspiring millions of fans and industry professionals alike and garnering numerous industry honors--including wins at the prestigious Annie, Peabody, and Primetime Emmy awards. Join series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino for an unpre A stunning masterpiece of animated storytelling. Avatar: The Last Airbender has been syndicated to more than 120 countries around the world, inspiring millions of fans and industry professionals alike and garnering numerous industry honors--including wins at the prestigious Annie, Peabody, and Primetime Emmy awards. Join series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino for an unprecendented behind-the-scenes look at hundres of pieces of concept, design, and production art--most of which Nickelodeon has never before released to the public--as they take you on a guided tour through the development of this smash-hit television series. Learn how Avatar: The Last Airbender took shape, from the very first sketch to the series finale, and beyond!


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A stunning masterpiece of animated storytelling. Avatar: The Last Airbender has been syndicated to more than 120 countries around the world, inspiring millions of fans and industry professionals alike and garnering numerous industry honors--including wins at the prestigious Annie, Peabody, and Primetime Emmy awards. Join series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino for an unpre A stunning masterpiece of animated storytelling. Avatar: The Last Airbender has been syndicated to more than 120 countries around the world, inspiring millions of fans and industry professionals alike and garnering numerous industry honors--including wins at the prestigious Annie, Peabody, and Primetime Emmy awards. Join series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino for an unprecendented behind-the-scenes look at hundres of pieces of concept, design, and production art--most of which Nickelodeon has never before released to the public--as they take you on a guided tour through the development of this smash-hit television series. Learn how Avatar: The Last Airbender took shape, from the very first sketch to the series finale, and beyond!

30 review for Avatar The Last Airbender: The Art of the Animated Series

  1. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This is a wonderful art book for a spellbinding animation series. Making the series took 6 years, hundreds of artists, and hundreds of thousands of drawings. This book showcases a selection of some really beautiful illustrations. There are loads of character and background designs inside, in sketches and in their finished coloured form. The main characters like Aang and others come with cool animation sequences created with pencils. Also inclu (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This is a wonderful art book for a spellbinding animation series. Making the series took 6 years, hundreds of artists, and hundreds of thousands of drawings. This book showcases a selection of some really beautiful illustrations. There are loads of character and background designs inside, in sketches and in their finished coloured form. The main characters like Aang and others come with cool animation sequences created with pencils. Also included are many of the discarded concepts which were difficult to animate or doesn't suit the story. Appa had some really awesome spiral horns but were discarded, unfortunately. The character drawings are superb. Just by looking at their different expressions you can pretty much guess their characteristics. Besides the characters which includes the town folks and soldiers, there are also drawings for many miscellaneous stuff like storyboards, airships, hybrid animals, wanted posters, promotional posters, chibi (or super deformed) style and random doodles from meetings. Did I mention the background paintings? The world created is so beautiful! The whole book is annotated heavily by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. They talk about everything on production, from creating the pilot episode to Nickelodeon approving the final season. You can see and read about their influences and inspiration everywhere, from Buddhism, Studio Ghibli, Gainax, Chinese martial arts, etc. It's very interesting to see how they apply what they learned from research to their drawings and animation. This is a fantastic art book for the series and fans, which should appeal to anyone who hasn't watch the series. Good art appeals to all. Highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    A must read for every Avatar fan. It's so interesting to learn about how it all started, how the two creators came up with the idea, what where their inspirations and what things they went through to bring their dream to life. Besides the really interesting real life story of the creators, it also nice to see how the characters originaly look like and their development from the begining to the final result. As a huge fan of the series, i enjoyed this very much and it w A must read for every Avatar fan. It's so interesting to learn about how it all started, how the two creators came up with the idea, what where their inspirations and what things they went through to bring their dream to life. Besides the really interesting real life story of the creators, it also nice to see how the characters originaly look like and their development from the begining to the final result. As a huge fan of the series, i enjoyed this very much and it was great to visit the world of Avatar once again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Brooke

    This book is a fantastic addition to the 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' universe. Hardbound and sitting at around 185 pages, it is packed with commentary on the series beginning to end, sketches of the characters as they evolved into what we see in the animation, and best of all, lots of original artwork by the creators. Creators Bryan and Michael let us in on lots of little factoids sure to please Avatar fans. (Unfortunately, they left out the part about where Zuko's mother is, but I g This book is a fantastic addition to the 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' universe. Hardbound and sitting at around 185 pages, it is packed with commentary on the series beginning to end, sketches of the characters as they evolved into what we see in the animation, and best of all, lots of original artwork by the creators. Creators Bryan and Michael let us in on lots of little factoids sure to please Avatar fans. (Unfortunately, they left out the part about where Zuko's mother is, but I guess that was to be expected. :p) As before mentioned, the book goes through entire timeline of the series and beyond. You'll see art from the pilot, all three books, and the extra art from SDCC, DVD covers, etc! If you are an Avatar fan or just a fan of the artwork, I highly recommend you pick up this book. 'Avatar The Last Airbender- The Art of the Animated Series' is available now online and in stores.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bayley

    At the size of your average textbook, this art book is chock full of full-color images, sketches, character designs, and great information. From its conception to the end of the series, Avatar: The Last Airbender had truly stunning art and unbelievably detailed and beautiful backgrounds and designs. This book is a must for any Avatar fan. I hope we get another art book some day, because I definitely want to see more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    One of the better art books out there, it's full of concept and production art as well as plenty of behind-the-scenes info about he show and world of Avatar. A great addition to the bookshelf of any Avatar fan.

  6. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    For ANY fan of the series, this is an ABSOLUTE must-have. This book is jam-packed with all sorts of goodies, plus stuff I didn't expect to have. I've always loved seeing rough sketches and idea drawings, and this book does not fail to disappoint. You get a huge treasure trove of backgrounds, paintings, character designs, and notes. It truly is an amazing read. Like Johane said, it's almost a shame that there isn't a separate book for each season, because there's just so muc For ANY fan of the series, this is an ABSOLUTE must-have. This book is jam-packed with all sorts of goodies, plus stuff I didn't expect to have. I've always loved seeing rough sketches and idea drawings, and this book does not fail to disappoint. You get a huge treasure trove of backgrounds, paintings, character designs, and notes. It truly is an amazing read. Like Johane said, it's almost a shame that there isn't a separate book for each season, because there's just so much good stuff in here. It's almost too much - I do wish some of the drawings were bigger. At 184 pages, I cannot help but wonder why the creators of this book didn't just spring for 200. On one page, there is a lineup of portraits of five Fire Lords, but they're so small that I have to use a magnifying glass to really look at all the details of these pictures (the images are no more than a couple of inches high) It would be nice to have several pages - even foldout - so we can examine these images to our fullest pleasure. It is due to the size of some of the images in this book that I cannot give it a perfect 5 stars - I can only give it 4.5 at best. Still, this is a pretty sweet collectible full of lovely artwork and other goodies that should not fail to disappoint even the most die-hard Avatar fan. And if you have a friend or family member who is an Avatard, believe me, this is a gift that WILL make their day.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    I love Avatar: The Last Airbender, which I had the fortune of finally watching in its entirety after much prompting from very convincing friends. This artbook is a fantastic endcap to a truly epic series that makes you appreciate the effort, artistry, and research chops the creators put into, of all things, a children's cartoon. Definitely a book I don't regret buying -- the huge art spreads that detail the world building behind the show are worth the price of the book ten times over. Massively I love Avatar: The Last Airbender, which I had the fortune of finally watching in its entirety after much prompting from very convincing friends. This artbook is a fantastic endcap to a truly epic series that makes you appreciate the effort, artistry, and research chops the creators put into, of all things, a children's cartoon. Definitely a book I don't regret buying -- the huge art spreads that detail the world building behind the show are worth the price of the book ten times over. Massively dorky to own, but hey, you gotta give respect where respect is due. There aren't a lot of television shows, let alone cartoons for children that are as finely crafted as Avatar (and we shall never speak of that horrible, awful live adaptation).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susie Minehan

    This book, to me, is exactly what any 'art behind the series' should be. Every last detail of the show is covered, starting off with the very first sketch of the futuristic boy that became Aang, and finishing with break downs of every episode. It is fascinating to read and learn how much detail was put into the development of the bending motions, which countries the inspiration of the architecture and artwork within the show came from, and the detail put into simply the backgrounds. Avatar: The This book, to me, is exactly what any 'art behind the series' should be. Every last detail of the show is covered, starting off with the very first sketch of the futuristic boy that became Aang, and finishing with break downs of every episode. It is fascinating to read and learn how much detail was put into the development of the bending motions, which countries the inspiration of the architecture and artwork within the show came from, and the detail put into simply the backgrounds. Avatar: The Last Airbender was a masterpiece, and this book proudly displays all the hard work and dedication that the creators, writers and artists put into it, to make it what it was.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    A behind-the-scenes look at the art of the animated series, the pictures and pencil drawings and paintings are beautiful. More than that, I appreciated hearing from the creators their thoughts on the characters and art. I would have liked to see more "large" pictures of the animation. My favorite part of the book was the translation of the various posters and calligraphy featured on the show. The book could've been tripled the current length and I would've wanted more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Milazzo

    This volume is a very cool companion to the animated series. It shares the genesis of character, costume and culture designs that made Avatar such a great show. I loved seeing how characters like Uncle Iroh and Toph changed from conception to their final versions. It also made me appreciate how much hard work went in to make a "simple" kids show!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tor

    M.N.S. did not read this book. It was amazing, full of awesome art, comments from Byan and Mike, concepts, and it was also very funny.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yasmine

    now excuse me while i go rewatch the animated series for the thousandth time

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I'm a huge fan of the tv series and have watched and rewatched it countless times over the years so getting my hands on this book was a real treat. It was such a joy to read this. It was so interesting to see how the concept for the show and the production came together from their first collaborations to pitching the story to the network and so on. I loved learning about the various cultures they drew inspiration from for the locations, costumes and art style. I know very little about animation I'm a huge fan of the tv series and have watched and rewatched it countless times over the years so getting my hands on this book was a real treat. It was such a joy to read this. It was so interesting to see how the concept for the show and the production came together from their first collaborations to pitching the story to the network and so on. I loved learning about the various cultures they drew inspiration from for the locations, costumes and art style. I know very little about animation so I loved seeing the concept art and how the designs for the characters developed or who they're based on. There were also storyboards of some of the more pivotal scenes. One of the reasons I think this show was so successful, and consequently one of my favorites, is that there is a clear path the story is taking. Which is rare to see, especially for children's televison. They mentioned even in the early stages of development- before the pilot even- they knew how it was going to end. They had a rough plan of how each of the three seasons would play out, even if they didn't have all the details in place yet. This was the same for a lot of the character arcs as well, and I still believe to this day Avatar showcased some of the best executed and pivotal developments of its characters in any show or book I've seen. The show is one of the most iconic and beloved I know of- and not just because it was part of so many people's childhoods. It dealt with so many important themes and showed different ways of life while also having super cool elemental magic fights. What more can one ask for in a cartoon? But honestly it was great to get a look inside the making of one of my favorite stories.

  14. 4 out of 5

    A.

    Gorgeous and insightful, although the relative lack of discussion in regards to the (very comprehensive) artwork can at times make it feel rather like going to a gallery rather than peeking behind the scenes. Probably my favorite thing about this collection is the (admittedly succinct) examination of the development process (the original premise, the pitch, the pilot, etc.) and the care Konietzko and DiMartino take to spotlight the South Korean studios and individual animators who worked on the Gorgeous and insightful, although the relative lack of discussion in regards to the (very comprehensive) artwork can at times make it feel rather like going to a gallery rather than peeking behind the scenes. Probably my favorite thing about this collection is the (admittedly succinct) examination of the development process (the original premise, the pitch, the pilot, etc.) and the care Konietzko and DiMartino take to spotlight the South Korean studios and individual animators who worked on the series. Absolutely worth the $35.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Summers-Stay

    My son Daniel and I really enjoyed this series and we were hungry for anything more. The concept art is good, often more detailed than the show, and the commentary is interesting: I thought the dragon turtle in the last episode kind of came out of nowhere, for example, but they pointed to places hints about it showed up earlier in the series. We wished there were more pictures of the main characters. We also got a "How to Draw Avatar" book but it was very short. Looking forward to the new series My son Daniel and I really enjoyed this series and we were hungry for anything more. The concept art is good, often more detailed than the show, and the commentary is interesting: I thought the dragon turtle in the last episode kind of came out of nowhere, for example, but they pointed to places hints about it showed up earlier in the series. We wished there were more pictures of the main characters. We also got a "How to Draw Avatar" book but it was very short. Looking forward to the new series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    This book is a must-have for any enthusiast of the Airbender series or universe. It covers the conception of the series, featuring inside looks at the series Bible and other materials that gave birth to the show. Equally interesting is the insight into the day-to-day operation of producing the show. The story boards, pencil tests and concept sketches alone make this book a treat, but the remarks from its creators put it over the top as a joy to read. Insightful, gorgeous and inspirational. An This book is a must-have for any enthusiast of the Airbender series or universe. It covers the conception of the series, featuring inside looks at the series Bible and other materials that gave birth to the show. Equally interesting is the insight into the day-to-day operation of producing the show. The story boards, pencil tests and concept sketches alone make this book a treat, but the remarks from its creators put it over the top as a joy to read. Insightful, gorgeous and inspirational. An easy five stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    I am new to the Avatar world (in fact it was maybe a couple of week ago that i finally choose to watch the TV series) but i found this book on offer and bought it and now i am glad that i did. It goes in depth to explain the ideas and concepts behind the television series it also has the most stunning artwork that i have seen for a Cartoon show. Anyone that is a fan of the Avatar Series will love this book i am sure!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lindsical

    This book is excellent for any fan of the Last Airbender series. It is chocked full of gorgeous production art, background paintings, and character designs and original sketches. It's narrated by the creator's Mike and Bryan throughout the book. They give detailed accounts of the process of making this series from start to finish.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I haven't looked at many art books for shows/movies, but this one was beyond my expectations! I loved the art that was shared, and it was great to learn about how the character designs came about, as well as the designs for the locations. Learning about how the series came about was very interesting as well. Almost everything in this book was written by Bryan and Mike, and so it is as official as you can get. I do wish that more information and images had been included (esp I haven't looked at many art books for shows/movies, but this one was beyond my expectations! I loved the art that was shared, and it was great to learn about how the character designs came about, as well as the designs for the locations. Learning about how the series came about was very interesting as well. Almost everything in this book was written by Bryan and Mike, and so it is as official as you can get. I do wish that more information and images had been included (especially with Toph, as she got one page, as opposed to the two of the other main characters), but this was still such as amazing book. The images are really high quality, and the book, while expensive, was very worth it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dontra Thompson

    The book avatar is a boy trying to find as the avatar his book is a fantastic addition to the 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' universe. Hardbound and sitting at around 185 pages, it is packed with commentary on the series beginning to end, sketches of the characters as they evolved into what we see in the animation, and best of all, lots of original artwork by the creators. I like this book because he shows how he fills so this is my blog today

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katya Reimann

    I have this book on order... and it is just taking too long to arrive. This book is a great "process" piece, telling the story of how two long-time friends came together with a creative idea and brought that idea to successful fruition. Yeah, the live-action movie was a mess, but everything else about this series is tremendous fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Best Book EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    B.

    This is an absolutely beautiful book. The art is fantastic and inspiring. As an avid Avatar the Last Airbender fan, I was more then delighted to read about little details and insight from the creators. Who knew that in their idea grew from a drawing the did of a bald man with an arrow in his head, a robot cyclops monkey, and a polar bear-dog! This book was worth every penny.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rene

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I am a huge fan of the series! This gives the complete back story from early sketches and the original pilot to the last season. This book has everything that the DVDs were lacking as far as "special features" go.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elevetha

    3.5 stars. Gives some insight to the tremendous amount of creativity, work, and time invested in the show.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    First “art of” book I owned and still one of my favorites. This one is a must have for fans of Avatar. Love all of the concept art and seeing all of the character and story changes that happened during the shows development. You can also see small glimpses of things that didn’t make it into the original series, but later appeared in Korra. I’ve had this book for years and I still go back and look at it from time to time for inspiration.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I'm so glad I read this, Avatar: the Last Airbender is one of my favorite tv show and I learned so much more about the world and the creation of this series, all the ideas that preceded the final design, with little notes for all the characters, I think I love Avatar even more now (is that even possible?)

  28. 5 out of 5

    MayDay

    In this hard cover, you will get a behind-the-scenes look into the art of the Emmy award winning series, Avatar: the Last Airbender . You will get to see the characters and story you love come to life, from the first scratch on a blank piece of paper to the breathtaking back grounds of the series finally. The Avatar series is many things, but world building, story making, and well developed characters are something to be admired. In just 61 episodes, you learn these characters lives, their struggles and succes In this hard cover, you will get a behind-the-scenes look into the art of the Emmy award winning series, Avatar: the Last Airbender . You will get to see the characters and story you love come to life, from the first scratch on a blank piece of paper to the breathtaking back grounds of the series finally. The Avatar series is many things, but world building, story making, and well developed characters are something to be admired. In just 61 episodes, you learn these characters lives, their struggles and successes, but it feels believable; in 61 episodes you learn the cultures and histories of this world, from both sides of the war and it work. They, writers and creators both, did there job extraordinary well. And that's not all, the art and animation in this show are, as I have said before, are breathtaking to see. Writing, story, and art go hand and hand in this show to make a masterpiece and I can guaranty that you, might, love this show as much as I do. This book does an amazing job of putting together lose ends many fans my have had, like how they came up with the main and some of the memorable side characters. One thing I would have liked to see more of however would have to be the evolution of ideas, such as side characters, animals, backgrounds, and how side stories got developed, but what book doesn't have some type of flaw to some one right? As you can see, I have very high and strong appreciation, some would call obsession, with this series and its art. This series can take you to a different and whimsical world, with characters and stories that will, in some way, stick with you for a long time and this book will show you how it all started, from an idea to world you would want to explore, till the end when you are still left wanting more. If you are and arts student, an animation lover, a fan of the show, or simple like to look at pretty pictures, I can almost guaranty that you will like this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    After years of hearing my friends and peers gush about how wonderful Avatar: The Last Airbender is, this summer, I finally got around to seeing what the show was all about. Of course, I immediately fell in love with the detailed world building and multi-dimensional characters and ended up watching all 3 seasons in a week. It was one of the best and most intricate (both art and story wise) American cartoons I've ever watched. When I saw this book, I couldn't resist buying it and it was worth every cent it After years of hearing my friends and peers gush about how wonderful Avatar: The Last Airbender is, this summer, I finally got around to seeing what the show was all about. Of course, I immediately fell in love with the detailed world building and multi-dimensional characters and ended up watching all 3 seasons in a week. It was one of the best and most intricate (both art and story wise) American cartoons I've ever watched. When I saw this book, I couldn't resist buying it and it was worth every cent it cost me. This Art of Animation book is different from others I've read for several reasons. Mainly because it is completely narrated by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the co-creators of the show. What makes Avatar, as a whole, so unique, is the fact that it wasn't created by some major production company. It was literally just two guys with a crazy idea. Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series takes us through the whole process of creating the show. Everything from character creation to the animation process to creating promotional posters is covered in this book. It's absolutely fascinating to see how this show went from nothing to everything. This book was incredibly detailed and contained and amazing amount stunning artwork. It was so much fun to read. This is a must-have for any major fan of the show.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tung

    This book is my eighth Avatar book of the year, having already read some graphic novels set in the series’ universe. This book tells a different story: the story behind the creation and the amazing art of the show. The narrative is told through an interview format where the show’s creators (Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko) discuss how they met, how they formulated the ideas behind the show, how they worked with a Korean animation studio, etc. – essentially all of the various aspects of the This book is my eighth Avatar book of the year, having already read some graphic novels set in the series’ universe. This book tells a different story: the story behind the creation and the amazing art of the show. The narrative is told through an interview format where the show’s creators (Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko) discuss how they met, how they formulated the ideas behind the show, how they worked with a Korean animation studio, etc. – essentially all of the various aspects of the show from inception to airing. Most interesting for fans will be the creators’ discussion of how each of the protagonists’ looks evolved. Like other books that feature a show’s artwork, this book is filled with sketches and drawings of the characters (both major and minor), episode locales, and costume designs. For each of these pictures, the creators share their inspiration behind the initial and final products. Overall, this was a thorough walkthrough of the best animated show ever to air – a must-read for fans.

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