Sketchbooks del Toro
March 5, 2014 9:07 AM   Subscribe

Late in 2013, Guillermo del Toro released a voluminous book, entitled Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions. As he explains in the video, the 256-page hardcover is a selection from his notebooks, where the director developed many of the monstrosities we’ve seen on screen. The Guardian notes that there’s something of da Vinci’s notebooks in del Toro’s records: the small, neat script, mixed in with the wonderfully detailed sketches, combine to give the impression of del Toro doing his best to record the torrent of his imagination before the thoughts disappear. In this post, we include a number of these images.

posted by infini (4 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Lovely stuff, cheers.
posted by dng at 11:50 AM on March 5, 2014

Oh, man. Dude can /sketch/ serious too? Those are some wonderful pen + ink and occasionally watercolor illustrations. I envy anyone who can do broken linear hatching and not make it look like a zipper at the join. (You bastards)
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:04 PM on March 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

I knew he made the sketchbooks but didn't know he'd released selections from them. Unsurprisingly, they're amazing. Might have to get myself a copy of that book soon.
posted by sparkletone at 12:11 PM on March 5, 2014

I picked up a copy of this book when it came out. It's every bit as gorgeous as it looks here. A fascinating part about it is the guest-writing, with pieces from:

James Cameron, Tom Cruise, Alfonso Cuarón, Cornelia Funke, Neil Gaiman, John Landis, Mike Mignola, Ron Perlman, and Adam Savage.

So it really feels as much like a book to Guillermo del Toro as much as a book about him. (Especially with things such as Hellboy, where Mignola had such a distinct style, and how much of that translated over to the movies).

I really wonder what's unseen in the full notebooks, as even just the samples shown about At the Mountains of Madness are evocative and gorgeous.
posted by CrystalDave at 5:51 PM on March 5, 2014

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