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The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure
Book Information
Author Lisa Fitzpatrick,
James Cameron (Epilogue),
Peter Jackson (Preface),
Jon Landau (Foreword)
Country USA
Language English
Genre Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Release date November 1, 2009;
November 24, 2009 (UK)
Media type Hardcover
Pages 108
ASIN 0810982862
EAN 9780810982864
ISBN 0810982862
ISBN-13 9780810982864
OCLC 317927266
Size 31 x 25.6 x 1.6 cm;
12.2 x 10.1 x 0.6 inches
Weight 781 g; 1.7 lbs.


Academy Award-winning writer/director James Cameron, the maker of Titanic, and the creator of the Terminator series, has been crafting Avatar for over four years. The film follows the story of an ex-marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on a distant planet filled with exotic life forms.

As an avatar, a human consciousness in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. The Art of Avatar, the companion book to this epic 3-D action adventure, explores the developmental and conceptual art used by the creative team to create the original world of Avatar.

With over 100 exclusive full-color images including sketches, matte paintings, drawings, and film stills, The Art of Avatar reveals the process behind the creation of set designs for the imaginative vistas, unique landscapes, aerial battle scenes, bioluminescent nights, and fantastical creatures.

Interviews with art directors, visual effects designers, animators, costume designers, and creature makers bring insight into this creative process. The Art of Avatar brings readers behind the scenes of this unprecedented movie-going experience.

Trivia Edit

  • Page 82-83 features a photo of the Leonopteryx that traverses the spread. However, it is upside down!

International editions Edit

The book has been translated into several other languages that are listed below:

Language Book Title Released Translated by Publisher Pages ISBN Front cover
Flag-cze Avatar: Cesta do světa Jamese Camerona March 3, 2010 Jiří Fadrný Computer Press 108 978-80-251-2992-0 Art book-cze
Flag-fra Avatar: Le livre November 25, 2009  ? L'Archipel 105 978-28-098-0247-4 Art book-fra
Flag-ger Avatar: James Cameron - Die Entdeckung einer neuen Dimension November 24, 2009  ? Knesebeck Verlag 108 978-38-687-3189-7 Art book-ger
Flag-hun Avatar: James Cameron varázslatos világa 2010 Gálvölgyi Judit Duna International Könyvkiadó Kft. 108 978-96-399-1960-0 Art book-hun
Flag-ita L'universo di Avatar: Genesi del capolavoro di James Cameron November 25, 2009  ? Il Castoro 108 978-88-803-3519-1 Art book-ita

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