In 2012, the creative team behind the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender produced a sequel series focusing on the next Avatar, this time a headstrong teenage girl named Korra in a darker and more mature series. Since I am a fan of both Avatar shows and...See more
In 2012, the creative team behind the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender produced a sequel series focusing on the next Avatar, this time a headstrong teenage girl named Korra in a darker and more mature series. Since I am a fan of both Avatar shows and already own the book Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series, I immediately pre-ordered this product when it was announced. Unlike The Last Airbender, which was based in an feudal Asia inspired world with some examples of technology such as airships and tanks, the Legend of Korra has a 1920''s theme with much of the series taking place in Republic City, an urban metropolis that resembles Manhattan but with Asian design principles, with more developed technology such as airships, automobiles, motorcycles and factories that heavily emphasise a steampunk theme. The Legend of Korra combines the mystical, fantasy and martial arts themes of The Last Airbdender with real life aspects such as technology, modernisation, organised crime and a group of extremists that become the main antagonists of the series. Like the previous series, a book of artwork was released for the Legend of Korra, but because this show has had only one season so far, this book is 40 pages shorter than the book for The Last Airbender, which contained production art for the entire three seasons, but the quality of material shown in this book more than makes up for the decrease in quantity. It should also be noted that the front cover to this book is different to the one advertised, as it features a solo painting of Korra and it is not a group shot of the main cast, though that is included in the book. This book is filled with hundreds of pieces of artwork that includes the design process from initial sketches of the main cast, animals, props, vehicles and environment to their final versions and colour tests. The majority of the book is taken up by individual chapters that focus on each of the first season''s 12 episodes, including storyboards, expression sheets, background paintings and designs for supporting characters and new vehicles as they are introduced in the series. The book concludes with ancillary art by the production team, such as designs for DVD covers, promotional posters, random illustrations and two group shots, one of the new ''Team Avatar'' and the second showing the original Team Avatar as adults, which is a nice touch by the series creators. The amount of artwork in this book showing the creation of a new location and era for the Avatar series is immense, you can see examples of the architecture used in designing Republic City, designs for city monuments such as the Avatar Aang Statue (which was inspired by the Statue of Liberty), detailed drawings of the hot rods, automobiles and trains that populate the city streets and conceptual art of the Avatar series'' new sport Pro-Bending, ranging from the arena and uniforms to the conceptual illustrations that were pitched to the studio executives. The book itself is very well made, printed on high quality paper with a good layout and informative annotations by the series creators. There are some pages where ink has slightly transferred from the opposite page but this is barely noticeable and a minor detraction from what is a very inspiring look behind the scenes of a critically and commercially successful animated series. In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book to fans of the Legend of Korra and fans of the Avatar universe in general, and animators and enthusiasts of production artwork for animated series and films would also enjoy this book. Like the book Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series, it is a high quality piece of material and should a similar book be published for the Legend of Korra''s upcoming second season, then I will likely buy that as well.