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Exclusive Surf's Up Artwork

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This is fairly recent artwork for the soon-to-be-released animated feature, Surf's Up. You won't find this image in the Surf's Up book!

This image didn't make it to the book, but a colored version of this image is printed on page 105. The image in the book is the final image that was used for design, but the image I'm posting here is the original pencil drawing I did for the concept. I was asked to remove the tiki totems for the final, and there were some other alterations. If you have the book, you can compare the two images.

29 comments :

Armand Serrano said...

I get teary eyed looking at this. Great memories my friend.

Shuku said...

Oh -man- this just blew me away, it's -gorgeous-. What a sense of place! I can't wait to look at the coloured version, AND see the movie...you rock!

--Shuku

Mark McDonnell said...

Um . . .incredible man. Love the feel and detail. Did you tweak it and transform it a bit? Looks interesting.

MAC

Marcelo Vignali said...

That's my lens distortion effect. I worked it all out on my rough, but there's no tweaking on the final pencil, -- I drew this one out as it's seen here.

I guess I could have made it easier on myself and used Photoshop to tweak the final, but that's part of the fun for me.

(In general, I wanted the film to have a very dynamic look, so I drew out a lot of the early visual development drawings with some lens distortion.)

Once we got into production, we all had to take a much more practical and informative approach to our designs. You know, lots of schematics, plan views, and turn-arounds.

Mark McDonnell said...

It looks BEAUTIFUL Marcelo. You are an amazing Draftsman/Craftsman. Thanks for sharing,

MAC

cdeboda said...

Just wow. I'll be sure to check out the movie and be grabbing a book as well. And as Mark said, quite the draftsman you are.

andy wakeley said...

Brilliant work Marcelo, all the artwork from this film is looking amazing, can't wait to see it at the movies!

Bobby Chiu said...

beeautiful stuff!!

FerdinandKreozot said...

This is solid gold.
I wasted six years in stupid games industry, stagnating and rotting my skill away.
And this single image has it all.
All the quality I will never be able to achieve.
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers to you,

Milenko

Jörn Gebert said...

Only one word: WOW

Tirso Cons said...

Really good stuff, Marcelo!
Your work is really inspiring!

Waiting for Surf's Up!!

Regrards from Spain.

t.

S.T. Lewis said...

Beautiful drawing, man... as always. I love your attention to detail. Great stuff.

Jeremy Spears said...

WOW! the book looks fantastic! WOW!

Torsten Schrank said...

WONDERFULL!!!! What´s the original size?

Kei Acedera said...

Its really great to see your original version..And wow, no tweaks! Its really well done, I can't wait to watch the film..Congratulations!

Oliver Kurth said...

It's a shame you had to remove the tiki stuff. Beautiful piece!

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everybody. I'm glad to see all of you are as anxious as I am for the film's release.

Torsten,
The original is aproximately 17x20 inches. It's drawn on vellum with Prismacolor pencil.

Craig Harris said...

Wow....amazing piece Marcelo!! I just ordered the book, and it should be here any day. Can't wait to see more. I really hope the film does well. The artwork itself deserves the attention.

-Craig

Robin Hall said...

such incredible works! Your art is inspiring beyond belief, thanks for sharing!

Robin

Jeremy Canton said...

Marcelo you are my hero! I can't believe this was drawn with a pencil. Incredible.

Cedric said...

Nicely done! Did you have anything to do with the character designs of the movie? I like the look of the characters.

Ale said...

Oh my, this piece is just gorgeous!
I love the lighting, the sense of space and the whole meticulous work you've done on the details :)
Amazing, Marcelo!!!

Doron Meir said...

Crazy good stuff man :) Always great to get a glimpse of the process, too. Thanks!

A. Riabovitchev said...

Beautiful!Beautiful!Beautiful!Beautiful!Beautiful!:oD

Philip Dimitriadis said...

Marcelo this is so awesome... I love the faces on the totems...just fantastic. What a bummer they had to go, it is a real great part of the design. Very supportive of everythinhg in the center. Really nice work. Very inspirational. I cant wait to get the art of book and see more!!!! I should have it this week. just awesome work!!!!!

Hans said...

Awesome work Marcelo. Love the Z you worked into the wood grains.

CárcamO said...

Gracias por la visita Marcelo.
Escribeme al e-mail que está en mi web-site.Luego te escribo para informar que hacer.
Te felicito por tus trabajos, maravillosos,Serrano es otro artista fantástico!
Un abrazo

Nicolas P. Villarreal said...

Beautiful work! I have a sketch that you did for Brother Bear of two bears fighting in my studio. Amazing.

Salud!

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