In addition to painting color keys, the color artists at Blue Sky get to work with the materials artists in placing textures on all of the computer models. It is a really exciting part of out work because we are able to work with the character designers and fur and materials departments, to ultimately make the characters and objects in the film look convincing.
Here are some examples of the paintings we do for the materials artists.
I did this series of rough color sketches based off of Peter De Seve's designs. It was very exciting working with Peter on these. I feel like I learned a lot about from painting directly over his designs.
Once we arrived at the the color pattern, I put together a call out sheet for the fur and materials artists. In this sheet or in some cases sheets, I gather as much relevant reference as I can find to help the other artists who apply the fur and texture. I also will occasionally write notes and make additionally paintings to illustrate ideas and details that might not be seen in the first painting. I'm very fortunate to be able to work with a group as skilled as the artist in fur and materials. They never cease to amaze me with their speed, consistency and skill. It is always a thrill to see them plus our designs.
This is a still frame from the film, showing how the Diving Bird ultimately looked in the film.
These two paintings are examples of the paint details that we do in addition to the call out sheets. While, the are not necessarily the most exciting paintings to look at, with their simple lighting pattern and grey backgrounds, they are very important for the production.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
So my lazy ass friend and coworker Vincent Nguyen has finally decided to get a blog together. He promises to post often from now on. His new found motivation is hopefully going to get me off my butt as well. So check out his work. He is going to be producing some pretty cool stuff.
Monday, March 12, 2007
My apologies for being so bad about posting this past month. I really appreciate all of the positive comments I have received from all of you about my work. I have been really busy making a lot of new art for various projects in the past weeks. I am really excited about sharing all of it with you in the coming months. I'm planning to post more work very shortly. In the meantime I have to share with you a really amazing sculpt my friend and coworker Alena Wooten did of my giant design, that I created for the children's book I've been working on. Alena is an extremely talented artist and it was a true pleasure getting to work with her on this.