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Pudge The Fish

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Again, this drawing was done in developement for Disney's Lilo & Stitch. In this scene, Lilo is feeding Pudge the fish her peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This image never made it to the final film, but the idea of the fish was kept during the title sequence as a down shot through the water. I like their verison better.

In my drawing, you can see that I'm playing around with some underwater lighting effects and refractions. This image was drawn in graphite.

As a note: the underwater fauna was completely incorrect in my drawing. I couldn't find underwater Hawaiian reference at the time, but when I was sent to Hawaii with the Disney research trip I had an opportunity to snorkel in the ocean ... and discovered that I had missed the mark. The corral is very different there, and not as colorful ... but the fish do eat from your hand. While we were feeding the fish, one of the parrot fish bit art director Ric Sluiter on the hand so hard he drew blood. So much for the saying, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you."

22 comments :

orange said...

beautiful marcelo. It's great you criticize and analyse your work, and honest with it.

thank you, that's a brilliant and humble quality you are teaching through your work.

once again, beautiful. i love the image you did of the barber shop for lilo& stitch and your story behind it. very touching and sincere. images that poetically tell a story marcelo

best regards
robin

cdeboda said...

Oh wow...this is a pretty sweet piece! Your text are always very educational and informative about your process as well. I appreciate that.

Yaxin said...

Beautiful ambiente.
I like the pose of Lilo /)

Mark McDonnell said...

Beautiful. Love the play of light on the seaweed below Lilo. Nice Marcelo.

MAC

Noah Klocek said...

Fantastic. In the Lilo and Stich book they put text over a number of your pieces and a few of Paul's as well, very frustrating. Finally we get to see that work as well as a lot more thanks. Your line and value work is so sensitive and beautiful.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks for all your comments, I do appreciate them.

I enjoy this blogging thing because I'm able to share some of the work that typically is never seen, aside from the occasional piece that makes it into a Disney book from time to time. I can also add some technical information and some memories.

St John Street said...

Hello Mr. Marcelo I find your work very inspiring uplifting and breathe taking all in one your ability to tell the story through your images is something I find myself fighting with everyday. Growing up I loved rendering images that I liked but when I attended Sheridan it seemed that the illustrative side of me was forced back. Now that I've been exposed to your work and other great artist that apply rendering to their work I wish I had stood firm and keep up with it well I said to much just wanted to share how your work has helped me reconnected with a part of myself THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THE ART AND SHARING OF IT WITH THE WORLD!!!!! take care and I wish you much more success and happiness.

Linton Joseph

Hans said...

Hey Marcelo,

I can see how important studying photos is when I look at your work. All the things that amazes me about your images, is the things you take for granted when looking at a photo. Love the surface of the water and the way the light is breaking through and even reflects on the fish in the water. Your drawings makes me understand what to look for in photos.
Thanks for the tip on how to experiment with objects out of focus. Will definitely explore. Just posted my second vellum piece on my blog and would appreciate any feedback you can give:)
What is your approach when doing the outline(on vellum). My problem with the piece I just did was that I outlined everything with the the same value, which kills the depth.

Thanks for all your help and have a good easter,

Hans

Ryan said...

Wow, your stuff is so good, I love this blog.

A. Riabovitchev said...

Beautiful!Great work!

Lubomir said...

Top notch as usual, thank's for posting!

sedyas said...

Beautiful work in all your blog, Marcelo, very inspired.
Thanks for sharing your great material.

-Sedyas

Henry Elmo Bawden said...

Looks great Marcelo.

-Henry

Garrett Shikuma said...

Hi Marcelo, I just stumbled upon your blog recently and am amazed at your work!
I love blogging, its such a great way for artist to not only share their work, but to be inspired by others as well. Can't wait to see wait you post next....

ELiza J├Ąppinen said...

I love that image... it's nice to see work from my favorite disney movie.. You're right about the coral, I kinda grew up in hawaii... And man do those fish get greedy ;). Thanks for your comment on my blog. I have thought of various different subtsi-cats and creatures, but it just takes so much time to put one of those rascals together... If you want a hairless cat, make sure the breeds personality is something you like, cause if it is, they are well worth the price.

I spent over a thousand on two siamese cats, becuase I heard they were the dogs of the cat world... I thought that would be a cool combination... They are awesome! One is like a dog, the other, however is a bit more like a monkey :).

Antonio Santamaria said...

Marcelo... This is a marvellous piece!!! In fact, all your work for Lilo & Stich feature is wonderful. It did of this film one of the best Disney's films. Congratulations. You are really a master for us!

P.S. Thanks for add my name into your links, It's a great honour for me!!!

Miras said...

Great picture.
I love to read your posts. It's a real pleasure every time.

UrbanBarbarian said...

Too much depth and good drawing.... can't concentrate.... head hurts....!!!

Hans said...

Hey Marcelo,

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Can't think of anything more motivating and encouraging, I really appreciate it. Not just your nice words, but also your constructive criticism, which made a lot of sense. Nice to always have something new to bring into the next piece. Love when I can see improvement in my work.
Looking forward to your next piece:)

Hans

martin wittig said...

AMAZING as always!!!:o)

kcirbuk said...

Genial!!

Paco K.

JeN said...

Wow Marcelo,

Your work makes me smile every time I look at it. I love looking at all of your work from Lilo & Stitch. My favorite from Disney!Beautiful as always and thanks for making me smile :)