The Art of How to Train Your Dragon

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The Art of How to Train Your Dragon

By Tracey Miller-Zarneke (Text by (Art/Photo Books)); Craig Ferguson (Foreword by); Cressida Cowell (Preface by)

Newmarket Press, Hardcover, 9781557048639, 160pp.

Publication Date: March 2, 2010


This official illustrated tie-in book showcases over 350 spectacular images from the DreamWorks Animation feature film, based on Cressida Cowell's popular children's book.

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.

About the Author
Tracey Miller-Zarneke has long been fascinated with the world of animation. In addition to her credited roles on the Disney feature films Meet the Robinsons, Chicken Little and The Emperor's New Groove, she has authored seven books on the art of animation and has also served as technical editor for the textbook Producing Animation. Tracey lives in Los Angeles and channels her creative energy into work as a writer and playtime with her two young sons.

Craig Ferguson is the host of The Late Late Show. He is the author of the novel Between the Bridge and the River and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Cressida Cowell lives in London with her husband, Simon; her children Maisie, Clementine, and Alexander; and two cats, Lily and Baloo. In addition to translating Hiccup's memoirs, she has written and illustrated such picture books as Hiccup, the Viking Who Was Seasick, Little Bo Peep's Library Book, and That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown.