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Mermaid

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Here's one from a few years back.

I was asked to come up with a believable mermaid design for a major motion picture. I can't remember what the title was, but I liked the design and the drawing and thought it would be worth posting.

I believe the drawing was done on vellum and prismapencil.

18 comments :

Mark McDonnell said...

Impressive stretch of design.

MAC

Henry Elmo Bawden said...

Hello Marcelo,

You sent me a different version of the same character in a letter. It was a side view of the creature and it had what looked like a tiger striping on it. Very cool. After seeing the fourth Harry Potter I would say that even if you didn't do it for that film. Their mermaids have a very similar style to the mermaid you created years ago. Good work. It is still amazing to see your work.

-Henry

kcirbuk said...

Flipante!!

Paco K.

Afroman said...

wow, this blog is like a treasure cove.

Hans said...

Hey marcelo,

Wow, that's really great. Awesome design and it looks so solid! Can definitely see how years of figure drawing and study of anatomical features comes in handy when designing believable creatures. Definitely something I have to work some more on in the future.
I just did a reverse shot of the "Ships Galley" I posted awhile back. One of the things I find different when designing invironments for CG compared to traditional, is that I can't play around with interesting angles as much. I have to make sure that every little detail is included in the image, so the modelers doesen't have to guess so much, or more so, not at all. How do you go about that? Do you make an image first to show mood, light and atmosphere and then seperate drawings of prop designs, or how does that work?

Thanks again for sharing and have a great day:)

Hans

Alina Chau said...

AWESOME ocean creature!! Great movement and energy!! Beautiful!!!!

P-S-D said...

Wow Marcelo!!

P-S-D!!

martin wittig said...

Wow!! I always find myself sayng this everytime that i open your blog..Truely amazing work:)

Antonio Santamaria said...

What a Beautiful Design!!!
Although her face doesn't be a pretty girl face... she is beautiful, I like a lot this different mix of a human and a sea being... Bravo! Great Creativity!

Lubomir said...

Agreed. This looks so cool, very menacing.

UrbanBarbarian said...

magnificent pose. Nuff said!

Ryan said...

That is an amazing mermaid.

craig said...

Marcelo, so solid. The integration of fish and human elements work so harmoniously. Also, thanks for the link, I'm honored.

A. Riabovitchev said...

I like your version of mermaid very much!Very unusual !:O)

A. Riabovitchev said...

I like your version of mermaid very much!Very unusual !:O)

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. They are very much appreciated.

Henry, you are right, the mermaid you saw was also part of the same batch of designs. I think I know which one you are talking about. Hmm, I never saw any of the Potter films (only parts of the first one on cable), so I'll have to check out the fourth one.

Hans, it is different to design for 2D films verses CG. I have found that in 2D the beauty shot is paramount, and props are secondary. But, in the CG world, the props make up your beauty shot. If you design a really beautiful drawing, but have lousy set props or lousy turn-arounds of your set, the final version will not look like your beauty shot. In the CG world, there is a lot of back and forth. I'll design a set, the modelers will build it, and then I have to redraw over their set model, and they remodel the changes.

Alaina, the movement is really important to me. I really try to work on that in the figure drawings, and then try to instill that quality into my work. Thanks for noticing.

Antonio, thanks for the compliment. I tried to make something different than what we are used to, and find beauty in a different way.

Thanks again everyone.

Stephen Studios said...

Thats really great! It kinda looks like the mermaid from Harry Potter. Was that your design??

Steve

David Colman said...

what a great take on a belabored mythical creature, nice to see such a different approach, inspirational again