'The Art of Monsters University' Coffee-Table Book Reveals The Art Behind The Long-Awaited Prequel [EXCLUSIVE]


By Scott Neumyer

With Pixar’s latest film, the "Monsters, Inc". prequel "Monsters University" hitting theaters today, fans of Mike, Sulley, and the rest of the monsters that inhabit Monstropolis will finally get the chance to see how the beloved duo first became buddies while getting a very specific form of education in the hallowed halls of "Monsters University".

If you’re a Pixar mega fan, however, you’re going to want to head right over to your local bookstore, after you’ve seen the film, to grab a copy of Chronicle Books latest release "The Art of Monsters University." This beautiful coffee-table book is absolutely filled with concept art, character designs, and lavish artwork from the film.

Written by Karen Paik (who works in the creative development department at Pixar Animation Studios and is also the author of The Art of Ratatouille), and featuring a foreword written by Monsters University director Dan Scanlon, "The Art of Monsters University" not only provides a discussion of some of the unique challenges of making a prequel to a fan favorite film, but it also provides a glimpse at some of the earliest character concepts for all the new monsters in the film.

Featuring beautiful sketches, paintings (in both digital and traditional mediums), and storyboards by artists like Dice Tsutsumi, Ricky, Nierva, Shelly Wan, Greg Dykstra, Dan Scanlon, Adrian Molina, Octavio Rodriguez, and many more The Art of Monsters University is an informative and breathtaking look at the prequel that Monsters, Inc. fans have had to wait more than ten years to see.

Check out these two exclusive images from the book that MTV Geek scored and be sure to pick up a copy for your coffee table!


Art by Daniela Strijleva from Art of Monsters University by Karen Paik, published by Chronicle Books.


Art by Ricky Nierva from Art of Monsters University by Karen Paik, published by Chronicle Books.

The Art of Monsters University is available in bookstores and online right now.