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The Culvert

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©1999 Walt Disney
This image was drawn for Walt Disney’s Lilo & Stitch … and as you can see from this image Stitch is handled like a dog. If you read my last Lilo & Stitch blog entry you’ll understand why.

I like this image because it has a nice feeling, but also because it was part of my exploration of the island. In this drawing, Lilo uses a culvert to cross a highway and make it to the beach.

I thought this image never made it to the film, but it did. When talking to Armand Serrano, he showed me how he translated my image to make it work for one of the music numbers. Armand Serrano will be posting his version of this image soon. Also, this image did make it to one of the Disney books, but they printed the image really light and put text all over the top of it. So, here it for your viewing pleasure without obstruction. This is a prime example of my visual exploration and development of a subject.

This image was drawn with graphite on white Bienfang ledger paper. The paper has a plate finish (smooth) and takes the graphite really well. You can compare this drawing to the other Lilo & Stitch blog entry to see the difference between my use of graphite and paper, verses Prisma pencil and vellum. The other Lilo & Stitch image I’m referring to is called, “Barbershop.”

Usually, after I thumbnail my ideas out, I make a decision as to which medium would work best for that particular image.

The trick to drawing on this paper with graphite is using a soft lead pencil … but not too soft. My pencils range from HB (the hardest lead) to 4B (the softest lead). Any softer and it won’t stay on the paper without moving around and getting everything messy, and the harder lead pencils simply won’t show up on the paper.

Note all the framing and compositional techniques in this image. Can you spot them?

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Henry Elmo Bawden said...

Yes I can spot them. You are using the rule of thirds. As well as some very Brandywhine style lighting principles. The area of most importance is light figures against the dark backgound. This being the most prominent light and dark difference in the image. Beautiful work Marcelo. I never got to see this final piece. All I saw of it was a quick pen sketch you had done on a napkin or something. At the time I just thought it was another of your sketch explorations. It was just lilo and stitch in a pipe. No environment or anything. Nice to see that it was fully rendered. Looks Great. Amazing work.

cdeboda said...

Very impressive work here. Considering that I need to learn more about composition (among a bunch of other things), your posts are very helpful. So thanks and keep posting.

Gino said...

Hey Marcello
This is Gino, i talked to you about a month ago, at my cousins birthday dinner at Peppers. Just wanted to say im really inspired by your work, i keep checking back every few days and every time im blown away. Ive been showing classmates, theyre diggin it as well. Keep it up, awesome stuff

PS: i was trying to get a hold of you a few weeks ago, but i used an e mail address perhaps you dont check anymore? Itd be great if you could email me an addy where i can reach you?

Gino Whitehall
ginow84@hotmail.com

Mark McDonnell said...

Good God man!!!

Very nice Marcelo. Love the forced upshot, great hints to a 3 point. Impressive control of your values as well. And wonderful light, dark, light patterning to lead the eye to the center point.

MAC

Doron Meir said...

Absolutely beautiful! And thanks for the pencil tips.

Eric Vanic said...

duuuuuuuuude! nice job

Hans said...

Hey Marcelo,

Your work is jaw dropping!
I'm always striving to better myself and feel like I'm a little stuck where I'm at now. I get so much from studying your and other great artists work, just by looking at it, and can only imagine how it would be to work with such talents everyday. That's why I'm now sending around my portfolio to studios in California. I've heard though, that it's very hard to even get considered if you're not already located in Cali. is that true?
Because of that, I have situated myself so that I can make the move with only a few days notice.
By the way, I introduced Joe to blogging and he seemed pretty excited, so hopefully we'll soon see a Barruso blog:)

Keep posting, your time and help is highly appreciated:)

Hans

www.hansranum.blogspot.com

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Armand Serrano said...

You can see the actually workbook drawing that made it to the film on my website. I might have to post it to my blogsite too as soon as I find the copy of the original workbook. Nice stuff, Moe.

--Armand