The Art of the Adventures of Tintin is a hardcover coffee table book penned by Weta Workshops depicting the planning stages and concept art for the 2011 film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
The book starts with forewords from both Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson and focuses on the creative processes of the film, showing the many designs that made it into the movie and others that didn’t. It highlights the attention to detail, skill and creativity of all the artists involved in the making of the movie. The story is told by the artists themselves, who talk about their inspirations, techniques and experiences. Through them we gain a true insight into the creative thinking behind the film.
The book shows much of how the filmmakers started with the original Hergé artwork and books and ended up with what is seen on-screen. It features early concept drawings, preview sequences, models, costume designs and final stills from the film. An interesting side note is that the book contains concept art relating to other Tintin stories such as Prisoners of the Sun, The Broken Ear, The Calculus Affair and The Black Island.