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Open Season Artwork

Here's one you won't find in the Open Season book. Actually, the image is in the book, but it is a painted version by then-production designer, Michael Humphries. (By the way, he did a beautiful job using traditional media.)

I highly recommend getting the book, I have to say, it is by far the best Making-Of book I've ever seen, it beats out any Disney Making-Of book. Not only is the artwork stunning, but the way the book was packaged, presented and designed is truly a gem. This book is a must see!

I digress, I drew this image as a test. We were trying to figure out how to stylize the edge of water in how it interacted with the shoreline. We were also testing reflections, atmosphere and of course the stylization.

The end result was stunning -- too bad no one other than us in vis dev had a chance to see it. But, if you saw the movie Open Season, you saw the fruits of such exercises and tests.

The image was drawn using graphite on ledger paper.


SY said...

This is gorgeous Marcelo! If it's that lovely scanned, the real thing would be -stunning-. Thank you for posting it, it's wonderful. I love the wave reflections on the water!


roland mechael said...

beautiful! always a pleasure to see your work Marcelo!

Jeremy Spears said...

soooo goood man, that book has some great color work and sketches in it, very inspiring and your artwork is all over it...nice job my friend!

Mark McDonnell said...

I think I am in love man. IMPRESSIVE work as always. Was Michael's work all traditional paintings??? Especially this piece?


orionlesc said...

I can feel this place..

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone.

Mark, to answer your question, Michael could work in both traditional paint and in digital paint. However, a lot of the early work was done as traditional paintings. He was instrumental in creating the final look for Open Season, such as the color and design.

Oh, it was so nice to hold such beautiful hand-painted artwork again. Michael had a lot of tricky techniques for creating textures, such as using a sponge, spattering and acetate. And, he was a great guy too. It was a pleasure working with Michael Humphries.

craig said...

wonderful. I thought the book turned out great. TONS of wonderful drawings from many departments

Joe said...

My wife gave me this book for christmas and I think it is the coolest present I have ever recieved. You and all the rest of the Open Season team need a pat on the back. Amazing work!

james_oshea3 said...

Neverending inspiration from your works! I agree! Art of Open Season is BY FAR the BEST Art-Of book, well put together in everyway possible, ....although there could have been more tonals/sketches like this. ;P but none the less, Amazing!

may i link your 'blogspot' site on my blog?

cdeboda said...

Completely agree with your thoughts on the book. Such a great book and presentation. Hope to see more like it.

Shawn said...


Marcelo Vignali said...

Please, no need to ask, I would be flattered to have you link to my site.

Yes, there is another book coming! The Art of Surf's Up is going to come out later this year. We're working on it right now, and it's looking pretty good.

In this making-of book, you'll get to see development and production artwork from Armand Serrano, Marcos Mateu, Paul Lasaine, Ron Lukas, Joty Lam, Noelle Triaureau, Richie Chavez, Sylvain Deboissy, Armen Melkonian, Larry Leker, Sunny Apinchapong and of We had a great crew working in story, and an terrific crew working in modeling and production. The book is going to be as amazing as the film!

If you thought Open Season looked good, the look of Surf's Up is going to blow everyone away when it hits the theaters in June.

Jedulous said...

I love your graphite concept renders. Beautiful. Did you do anything like this in school, or did you start once you got out into industry?

Marcelo Vignali said...


Yes, I did quite a few pencil renderings, but most of them were from photos. When I went to school, there was a misguided belief that to draw something, you need good reference.

All my teachers thought I was the best drawer in class, but the dirty little secret was...I couldn't draw. Sure, I could render, but without my reference, I was lost.

I didn't realize this weakness until I got out of art school. For that, I've never been able to forgive my art school for fooling me into believing I could actually draw. My art education was a scam.

My first job was as a storyboard clean up artist, and it was apparent I didn't know how to draw. So, I rededicated my focus to learn how to draw! I would draw for 10 to 14 hours at work. On one such day I drew a total of 128 storyboard panels in one day.

When I would go home, my hand was so cramped up from drawing I would go home and rub a sportscream on my it, slip my hand into a sock before going to bed. The next day, do it all over again.

I bought those corny Walter Foster books on perspective and figure drawing, and started to teach myself on my own.

I tried to study from those artists I admired, I studied photographs from magazines and books, and made sure I was constantly drawing or painting -- at home or during my break at work. As the years went by, it made a difference.

QSTOM said...

Yeeesssss, this it is the best book of Art of films that I have bought. simply fantasctic..almost all my companions in the study have also bought it hehehe
Highly recommendable. In addition. it is as well as I have known some authors who did not know. like you¡

JeN said...

I love the softness to this. to all of you drawings. very beautiful stylization. I am a proud owner of the book and there is sooo much great work and inspiration. I CANNOT wait for Surf's up!!! Thanks for sharing.

Taylor Krahenbuhl said...

Beautiful work Marcelo, this is magic.

Marcos Mateu said...

Very nice drawing Mo' and nice story behind it too.

stephen Silver said...

Stunning. We gotta do some sketching.

Anonymous said...

lovely stuff Marcelo,
A couple of quick questions:

Do you use tracing vellum or non transparent for you finshed layouts like the ones for Lilo and Stitch?

Does Ledger paper come in pads or as seperate sheets?

It would be great to see a step by step process of a layout sometime...really is nice stuff.

all the best,

Marcelo Vignali said...

Stephen, you say the word and I'll be there!

Anonymous, vellum is typically see-through. Not clear like an acetate, but more like thick tracing paper. Personally, I like to use the thick stuff because it's more durable and won't be affected by the moisture of your hands while working. And, even still, it's see-through enough that you can tape your rough beneath your vellum and see it clearly.

It seems to me I did do photographic step by step a few years ago for a drawing class I was teaching, but I don't know where the pictures are. I'm going to have to search around to see if I can find them. If not, it would be worth doing a step by step demo to pass on the knowledge.

Antonio Santamaria said...

Congratulations for your work in that film. This work is a clear example... simply precious! An excellent technique as always!!! I hope to see this artbook soon!!!

Alina Chau said...

WOW! stunning!

torsten said...

Marcelo, my truely respect. Since quite some time I am following your blogg and I am always very inspired by your artwork. Keep on...;)

Best regards from Berlin/Germany


Lubomir said...

Thanks Marcelo, it's beautiful!

Skribbl said...

I agree the Open Season book was the best I've ever seen. I hope the Surf's Up one is just as good! Of course you'll have alot of drawings in there for sure. I weep openly for the shark bar though. I tried to get it in there but the sequence was cut! Bah!

Random York said...

Ledger paper? Like at Office Depot? Beautiful work again!