TheColor Of Pixar by Tia Kratter (book review)

August 1, 2017 | By | Reply More

I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting when I spotted ‘The Color Of Pixar’ by Tia Kratter in the advance list from Abrams/Chronicle. With only a brief introduction by John Lasseter, Kratter explains her role at Pixar was in selecting the colours and textures that were used in the company’s films. Basically, this is to make the colours signature to convey emotions.

The Color of Pixar by Tia Kratter and foreword by John Lasseter (Chronicle Books, £21.99)
http://abramsandchronicle.co.uk/books/art-and-design/9781452159201-the-color-of-pixar

Each page has a frame to show this from across Pixar’s twenty years, even Luxo gets a look in. I was a little worried by the frames being bordered by different colours but once I started going through them I was less concerned and just focused on the art. Even with Pixar, you take so much for granted when you see things in motion, you forget just how much work is in each frame. If I have to be critical, then I wish the frames were larger than shown.

The Color of Pixar by Tia Kratter and foreword by John Lasseter (Chronicle Books, £21.99)
http://abramsandchronicle.co.uk/books/art-and-design/9781452159201-the-color-of-pixar

I’m not entirely sure who the audience for this book is. Yes, children will like looking at the pictures but they are in assorted order so don’t think you’re looking at them from a story point of view. The adult reader will probably have a greater understanding of blue being used for coolness and red for warm scenes.

The Color of Pixar by Tia Kratter and foreword by John Lasseter (Chronicle Books, £21.99)
http://abramsandchronicle.co.uk/books/art-and-design/9781452159201-the-color-of-pixar

I wish Kratter had supplied some more explanation on the various choices and how much variance there was between each film but I suspect she wanted to keep some of the magic to herself.

The Color of Pixar by Tia Kratter and foreword by John Lasseter (Chronicle Books, £21.99)
http://abramsandchronicle.co.uk/books/art-and-design/9781452159201-the-color-of-pixar

An unusual curio and probably seen as a supplement to other books about Pixar Chronicle have printed.

GF Willmetts

July 2017

(pub: Chronicle Books. 348 page oblong illustrated hardback. Price: £21.99 (UK), $29.95 (US). ISBN: 978-1-4521-5920-1)

check out websites: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/ and http://abramsandchronicle.co.uk/books/art-and-design/9781452159201-the-color-of-pixar

Category: Books, Games, Illustration

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 15 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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