The Art of The Book of Life

The new film The Book of Life is visually stunning, and all that vibrant and colorful Dia de los Muertos imagery certainly screams for a behind-the-scenes look. The Art of the Book of Life released last week is a beautiful, hardcover book featuring concept drawings, character studies, a foreword from Guillermo del Toro, and running commentary from director, Jorge R. Gutierrez. Like many Art of books, it concentrates on the inception and development of each of the main characters from early drawings to the final computer rendering with few stills from the actual movie. There's also a very interesting synopsis of the three lands in the movie and the break down of the colors and the shapes used for each: Land of the Living (sepia, squares), Land of the Remembered (green, circles), and Land of the Forgotten (grays, triangles). Graphic artists, illustrators, movie lovers, and day of the dead aficionados will love this book.  With such a vibrant holiday, one has to wonder why this is the first major motion picture to tackle the subject?