Today’s post is the start of a new series of posts for this blog. The main theme is about Pixar. My goal is to work at Pixar and that is the reason I have been pushing myself to do more artwork and post more online. I am a huge fan of of the Pixar way of creating movies, where story is the main thing that drives each project. They don’t focus on what’s bankable or what is going to sell the most toys. They want to tell great stories. I love that about them. And I want to be a part of that process. I want to be able to help work on projects that millions will see and connect with and that will stand the test of time. Imagine what it would be like for the people who worked on the original Snow White. Working so many hours, not knowing if the movie would be completed, if the budget would fall apart, or if anyone would even want to see a feature length animated movie. And for it to come out and be an amazing work of art that still resonates today. That’s what I want to be a part of. I feel like Pixar is the place that is trying to do that same thing.
With Finding Dory coming out this week, I’m posting some pages of notes I did from the Art of Finding Nemo book. From interviews I have read or listened to from employees at Pixar, one constant is that they say to look at their art of books and see what they look for. So, I’ve stocked up my book shelves with these books and Finding Nemo is the first one I went in depth on. As I read the book I was sketching the drawings in it, along with any quotes that appealed to me in a small sketch book. Here is a batch of some of these pages.
Next to each design drawing I tried to put the name of the person who did the original drawing. I will be going more into some of the character designers that worked on the film, especially the ones who’s work really appeals to me, in later posts.
As we near our time in the Haunted Mansion(for now), we make our way past some crypts and hear some familiar music being sung by these 5 characters. Probably the most iconic of the characters in the graveyard scene, these characters are still to this day a great looking effect.
This is the original drawing in ink and marker before the color job in Photoshop.
Week two of February is upon us and here is my second “love” themed piece for the month. This is a painting based on the movie, The Princess Bride. This is one of those cult classic type movies that has a big following. I must admit that I am new to this movie. I saw it for the first time only recently, in the last two years. And after hearing how great this movie is for so long, I was pretty confident that I would be underwhelmed by it. But, I gave it a shot and I’m glad I did because I did enjoy it. It’s a nice fantasy movie with interesting characters and a fun story. Best of all it has Andre The Giant in it. Since the movie, at it’s heart, is a love story, I figured it would be a fun subject to paint for this month’s theme.
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This is it! Painting 30 for Day 30 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. And since it is the end I figured an old pirate skeleton would be an appropriate subject. This lovely fellow is the pirate who has all the treasure that the Goonies are searching for.
Alright, we are cruising on down the road to the finish line of the 30 paintings in 30 Days challenge. I started the challenge with maybe 6 paintings started or finished and I thought that I would have no problem staying ahead. Well, at day 21 I’m starting to struggle with keeping up. All of these pictures this month have taken 2 or more days to complete and I didn’t really expect that. These last 9 days may turn out a bit stressful. Today we have one of my very favorite characters, Indiana Jones. This is from the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Here is a little smile for making it halfway through the 30 paintings in 30 days.
Here is one version of the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker, as portrayed by Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight. Not only is the look very disturbing but his performance was one of the best ever. Ledger certainly stole the movie with his portrayal. But, a part of me certainly misses the funnier version of the Joker. Like Cesar Romero in the Batman 1960’s television show or how he was in the comics in the 70’s. Once the 1980’s came around the comics changed him from a guy trying to steal money and small crimes to beating Robin to death with a baseball bat. Goodbye to the classic version of the Joker. Don’t get me wrong, the comics have done some great stuff with him but they have certainly pushed him into some very uncomfortable places for us to witness. And the Dark Knight movie definitely showcased that newer version of the character.
This day’s painting also gave me a chance to work more with ink pens and do more of a comic book art style. That is more like the style that I’m more comfortable with. I really enjoy painting but I don’t feel comfortable with it. Which is the perfect reason to keep on with it. And keep on I shall…