A Sky Longing For Memories: The Art Of Makoto Shinkai by Makoto ShinkaiA Sky Longing For Memories: The Art Of Makoto Shinkai by Makoto Shinkai

A Sky Longing For Memories: The Art Of Makoto Shinkai

byMakoto Shinkai

Paperback | June 30, 2015

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A Sky Longing for Memoriesis a Makoto Shinkai fan's dream! Featuring art created by the beloved director, this full-color art book is packed with art from the many movies he directed for Studio CoMix Wave. The book is a 175 page LANDSCAPE FORMAT softcover, the majority of which are images, a rare treat in the realm of fanbooks. Inside you will find hundreds of backgrounds from from his award-winning works: 5 Centimetres per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Voices of a Distant Star, and a TV advertisement for the Mainichi Newspaper.

In addition to the backgrounds, there is a section about the software and technique behind CoMix Wave's animation, which discuss the key features of the software the studio has developed to use at various stages of production. The English edition also comes with a lengthy interview with Mr Shinkai and other key members of his studio.
Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese film director, animator, and writer. A native of the Nagano prefecture in Japan, he studied Japanese literature at Chuo University. He traces his passion for creation to the manga, anime, and novels he was exposed to while in middle school. Considered one of the best animators in the world today, he is...
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Title:A Sky Longing For Memories: The Art Of Makoto ShinkaiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.18 × 10.14 × 0.56 inPublished:June 30, 2015Publisher:Kodansha USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1941220436

ISBN - 13:9781941220436

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpieces withing another masterpiece! A Sky Longing for Memories is a Makoto Shinkai fan's dream! Be careful not to drool all over it! It is one of the most beautiful books I have in my collection and cherish SO MUCH! It features art created by the beloved (genius) director, this full-color art book is packed with art from the many movies he directed for Studio CoMix Wave. The book is a 175 page LANDSCAPE FORMAT softcover, the majority of which are images, a rare treat in the realm of fanbooks. Inside you will find hundreds of backgrounds from his award-winning works: 5 Centimeters per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Voices of a Distant Star, and a TV advertisement for the Mainichi Newspaper. The commentary provides discussions about the design aspect of each scene and it's really insightful. There's something about Japanese anime art that makes them look so fine. The level of detail in the background really makes a huge difference to the visual aesthetics. Every piece of art in this book is perfectly composed, and colour scheme carefully chosen. It's just awe-inspiring to see how many pieces of art there are to come out from the films. It's not all from Makoto Shinkai as there are other artists involved as well; many are interviewed at the back of the book. There's also a section that talks about how the scenes are created for animation. The part I loved very much is development behind each image. You'll find out that all the background art are well researched and tediously put together. Some scenes are the results of several photo references used together, while some others are painted over photos while taking into account the colour scheme. There's research done on design of trains, vending machines, LED lights on signboards, routes of the trains so that they can be accurately portrayed in drawing. To draw Akari's homemade lunch, the staff actually cooked and packed the meal, then photographed it for use as reference. All those tiny words on fare charts, open pages of books are actually all hand drawn in. Environment scenes painted with photo reference take into account the seasons and colour of the air. I highly recommend this book for any anime fan, manga fan and it as much have for all the Shinkai fans out there. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-07