Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

McD Workshop’s Chris McDonnell wrote and designed the 352 page art book Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo which was published in October 2014 by Abrams. Adventure Time is a popular show on Cartoon Network that has earned an international fan base made of children and adults.

Some praise for the project:

“This book is a deep dive into the Land of Ooo.”
(Boing Boing)

“The holy grail of the hit animated series Adventure Time. And you don’t even have to go to very distant lands. In fact, you can put in right on your coffee table.”
(Paste magazine)

“An extensive look at concept art, storyboards, early character sketches, background paintings, and the series’ show bible.”
(The LA Times’s Hero Complex Blog)

“Even if I didn’t love this series so much, I would still buy the awesome Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo, a beautiful 352-page large format tome that tells the series’ genesis.”
(Gizmodo)

The Art of Ooo book trailer, produced by Goal Achievement Club, the video production group that consists of McD Workshop’s Chris, Jenny Drumgoole, Ben Cady and more:

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo
The characters on each of the chapter break spreads and in the front matter needed to be re-drawn by Chris to achieve the resolution needed for print. This is a good example of the unique skill combination that McD Workshop brings to projects.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Some more praise for the project:

“It’s fascinating seeing the show broken down into its purest form.”
(Kotaku)

“Fans of Adventure Time will basically lose their freaking minds.”
(io9)

“This gorgeous full-color hardcover book will grace coffee tables with elegance. Yes, you heard right, with elegance.”
(GeekMom)

“McDonnell deserves credit for producing such a worthy endeavor that encompasses nearly every facet of this multidimensional series. . . . this book cannot be recommended highly enough for diehard and casual fans alike of the show.”
(ICv2)

“…A stunning hardcover coffee table book that dives very deep into the production of this show. It’s an incredible resource for fans that is immaculately designed and thoroughly researched, and it features an introduction by Guillermo Del Toro to make it a little more high-brow than the usual coffee table book about a Cartoon Network show.”
(A.V. Club)

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo
The book includes brief interviews with many of the primary voice actors.
Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo
Storyboard artist Thomas Wellmann’s personal artwork made excellent endpaper designs.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo
Earlier cover design directions.
Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo
Earlier cover design directions.
Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo
Earlier cover design directions.
Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo
Earlier cover design directions.
Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo
Earlier cover design directions. A variation of this became the case design under the jacket.
Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo
Earlier cover design directions.
Ooo Sketchbook notes
Sketchbook design notes.

Ooo Sketchbook notes

Ooo Sketchbook notes

Ooo Sketchbook notes

Ooo Sketchbook notes

Ooo Sketchbook notes