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Lilo Pencil Drawings

In 1999, I was asked to be part of the Lilo & Stitch crew. Along with Mulan, this is one of the films I am most proud of during my tenure working for the mouse.

During it's inception, this show was pretty secretive ... so much so that they didn't tell me Stitch was an alien for several months! I think they were so busy keeping their cards close to their vest, they simply forgot that I didn't know Stitch was from another planet. So, a lot of my visual development sketches had Stitch on all fours.

It was a pleasure working with Dean de Blois and Chris Sanders. They gave me the fun assignment of taking my imagination and poke around the island coming up with fun imagery.

In this image, I tried to capture the Hawaiian atmosphere in the air. I drew this image using a black Prismacolor pencil on vellum.


Abraham said...

What a great pencil drawing!

Mark McDonnell said...


What a wonderful piece. Great value control and a sense of mood. Truely a master of your craft. What's scary is . . .this was 7 years ago. Brilliant work and really really fun to look at.


How large was this piece and what was the time frame you completed it in? If it is okay to ask?

Nick Sung said...

Marcelo, your drawings are just amazing.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks for the compliments.

This drawing was done in about a week or so. Since I was freelancing from Utah during this time, I normally tried to turn something over to Disney on a daily basis. That way Disney could be assured that I wasn't goofing off. But, for more polished drawings like this one, I tried to keep them under a week. This includes sending in rough, exploratory sketches, preliminary sketches, and the final.

UrbanBarbarian said...

I think you captured it just fine! Wow!

J said...

Amazing stuff.

A. Riabovitchev said...

Great Pencil Drawings.Very nice.

Mark McDonnell said...


What are the dimensions on this piece? And how was it delivered without being ruined/smudged?


Marcelo Vignali said...


The size is about (I'm going from memory) is about 16x20. After completing the drawings, I would spray them with workable fixative.

Then, every couple of months or so, I would gather up all my originals and mail them to Disney via Fed Ex. I would take one of the 11x17 boxes, roll up the artwork, and put them in the box along with crumpled newsprint as packing material. Sometimes, when I was mailing flat art as opposed to rolled drawings, I would not "make" the boxes up, but rather keep them flat, put the artwork inside the box and simply tape up the edges.

Sometimes, when I needed packing material, I would add some figure drawings as packing material ... just to see if they would catch it! They never said a thing, so I wonder if they ever found the figure drawings.

dibumac said...

This background is just a pleasure to watch ! Is it possible to see some more ?
I like the scope of the image. Those little Lilo & Stitch against the grandiosity of nature... : )

Great , great work !!!

Mark McDonnell said...

Thanks Marcelo. Interesting . . .I'm sure the figure drawings are on some execs. office walls, with his/her name under them.
"Remember when I worked with Marcelo? Yeah, he took excellent direction. Yeah, he was awesome!"



Alina Chau said...

beautiful drawing!! Love your works!

Henry Elmo Bawden said...
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Henry Elmo Bawden said...

Still awesome. I remember seeing this while you were working on it and just being blown away at the progress and how quickly you worked on it. Really nice moe.


RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

In a black and white drawing, you have perfectly captured what it feels like to drive around Kawai'i on a slightly overcast day. Beautiful!

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone.

Robo, that was the intent. I wanted to capture the effect that a rain cloud had just passed over five minutes earlier, and the sun had come back out again. I wanted to capture the moisture on the leaves and earth, the damp moisture in the breeze, and the puddling of the water on the ground.