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Another Surf's Up Exclusive Drawing

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In coming up with the look for Surf's Up competition beach during the visual develoment phase of the project, I wanted to create something audiences hadn't seen before in a film. I used the Islands of Seychelles, with its white sand beaches and sandstone boulders, as the inspiration for our beach.

Here's a shot from Seychelles. This choice afforded me the opportunity to use the large boulders as our judges booth, and really frame our sandy beaches in a way we've never seen. But, even still, I was looking for something more iconic for our island, something that could evoke both history, and mystery...so I dropped in some "Easter Island" looking stone penguins in the background.

I also used smaller rocks to frame the competion beach's bleacher area in a natural looking terrace. The final design was modified a little to fit the story, but the end result is more or less the same. I had a look at our film during the premiere, and I'm really pleased with the final result...it looks spectacular on the big screen.

29 comments :

Mark McDonnell said...

Beautiful Marcelo. I love the little sitting stone still in the same sandstone but set naturally and purposfully on the beach for onlookers. Nice touch with the penguin Easter Island folks too . . .does add a bit of timelessness to the feel of their world. Makes it all seem plausable.

Wow,

MAC

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UM said...

Hey Marcello. Is that you? If it is, Hi from ULI

Marcelo Vignali said...

Uli,

I've heard some wonderful things about you, but I don't believe we've had the pleasure of working together.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Philip Dimitriadis said...

Awesome work Marcelo. Just great. I really love the soft rolling hills in the background, and the small rocks you placed in the front leading to the center. Nice!!!! Great work.
thanks for sharing...
-phil

Henry Elmo Bawden said...

As always, more great stuff Marcelo. It's always an inspiration. I hope the opening is really succesfull.

Shuku said...

Oh man. STONE PENGUINS. Marcelo, this is just a -beautifully- evocative drawing! It's the perfect penguin beach too - no sharp shale or jaggedy things to hurt their flippers when they walk. Lovely!

...You know? The stone penguins remind me of The Penguin from Wallace and Gromit...that sort of utterly enigmatic look.

--Shuku

Thomas Fluharty said...

Marcelo, you are a genius. this easter island thing is KILLLER. im so looking forward to taking my daughters to see this. i will be eating up all these delectible goodies sprinkled throughout- thanks for the joy of seeing your work~T

martin wittig said...

Marcelo...Man your killing me with this beautiful work!!! I love these bg's, I just picked up this book and it is full of great concepts and designs. I'll be studying your work:)

Juanma said...

Excelente work on this concept art, love the rendering and the sense of lightining and shapes.
Plus this surfin´penguin movie looks killer!
your a great artist marcelo

Alina Chau said...

THese Surf's Up drawings are AWESOME!! V inspiring to see these concept arts.

CárcamO said...

Muito bom Marcelo!!
Congratulations!!
abraço do Cárcamo

Hans said...

Hey Marcelo,

WOW!!! Congrats with "Surf's Up" bro, it made straight to my top 5 of most awesome movies ever! You did say that it would be and look like nothing ever seen before and you were absolutely right. The designs, colors, moods, lighting, animation and story all worked really really well, can't wait to see it again. It was fun recognizing your work in the film, after I've been studying your drawings and style for so long. Amazing, can't wait to go pick up the book.

Have a great weekend,

Hans (who's been unblogging for faaaar too long)

Jason Seiler said...

Hey Marcello, I took my 3 year old Isabeau to see the film . . . WOW! Looks incrediblee, was really great to watch! Wonderful job!

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks Jason!

cdeboda said...

Haven't seen the movie yet unfortunately but i'm hearing positive things so far. HOPING to see it this weekend. Very much looking forward to it too.

FerdinandKreozot said...

Gold, man, pure gold.

Cheers to you,

Milenko

Ale said...

bravo marcelo!!!

UrbanBarbarian said...

Another blasted masterpiece!!!

GhettoFab said...

you are heaven sent! Loved the movie and cant wait for the book! brilliant designs as always

Inspirational doesnt even cover it...

Tim Bye said...

Wonderful drawing!

A. Riabovitchev said...

Wonderful!

Oliver Kurth said...

The SURF'S UP book finally arrived yesterday and it's just marvellous! Blew me away! So again congratulations. Now I'm even more anxious to see the movie!

The penguin-rocks are smashing!

Dalton Nunez said...

Thank you so much Marcelo. It was nice seen you too. I hope that we can have you back here at WDI. I'm sorry. I been very bad in checking my blog and posting new work up.
Thanks,
D

Goro said...

Great great! Love the environment!
I'm so looking forward to see the movie!

Thierry martin said...

I love.

Dalton Nunez said...

Marcelo,
I just got my surf's up book. This is fantastic. You are great. I'm so proud to see your artwork everywhere in this book. I haven't had the pleasure to meet Armando but the two of you are amazing. Said hi to Armando for me. You guys are the best.
D
PS: Do you have plans to publish your owen book in the neer future? I'll be one of the first in line.

SHANE PRIGMORE said...

Marcelo. I saw Surfs Up on the opening day, at lunch. That movie is so absolutely ,stunningly beautiful man. From the environments to the lighting to the character designs, to the animation. You should be very proud of yourself and your team !!Congratulations! I was blown away!!

Ryan Wood said...

Fantastic designs, I loved the look of the film. Thanks for the inspiration!