The Art of How to Train Your Dragon was released on February 1, 2010. It was written by Tracey Miller-Zarneke, who is also the author of "The Art of Kung Fu Panda" and "The Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs".
How to Train Your Dragon is the story of a scrawny teenaged Viking, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, who lives on the island of Berk in the North Sea. Hiccup is a member of a Viking tribe and wants to make his father, the chief, proud of him. Entering dragon training, Hiccup has a chance to prove his worthiness to his tribe and father. But then, in a world where Dragons and Vikings do not coexist peacefully, Hiccup encounters and ultimately befriends an injured dragon, at which point his world is turned upside down.
The Art of How to Train Your Dragon is a spectacularly designed, full-color insider’s guide to the creative process that went into turning Cressida Cowell’s popular book into a feature-length, animated film. Featuring more than 350 pieces of development artwork, including early character designs, story sketches, and concept paintings never before released by the studio, the book provides an in-depth look at the process involved in bringing mythical Dragon and Viking worlds to life.
On 160 pages, the book contains over 350 images of concept sketches, preliminary drawings, architectural plans, watercolors, oil paintings and digital artwork, providing an in depth look at the process involved with bringing both the dragon and Viking worlds to life with present-day cinematic energy.
The book is divided into roughly three parts, the dragons, the Vikings and the environment including the props like houses. Discarded art and characters are also included, like Hiccup's mother. Tracy Miller-Zarneke has collected interesting quotes and commentary from the production staff too, which makes the book an insider's guide to the creative process behind developing the story, the script and the characters. It also contains descriptions of the animating, rigging, surfacing and lighting process and the special challenges of working in the new Stereoscopic 3-D environment.
Nico Marlet and Simon Otto seem to be the lead character designers responsible for the concept art of the dragons and Vikings, although a good amount of designs shown are actually from Nicolas Marlet. The character digital paintings are great and the colors are really beautiful, kudos to Zhaoping Wei.
- Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
- Astrid Hofferson
- Fishlegs Ingerman
- Snotlout Jorgenson
- Ruffnut Thorsten
- Tuffnut Thorsten
- Stoick the Vast
- Gobber the Belch
- Berk Forest
- Berk Village
- Dragon Island
- Dragon Training Arena
- Blacksmith Shop
- The Great Hall
- Gothi's Hut