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Brother Bear Background Design

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Here's one of the background designs I did early on the Brother Bear project -- before I concentrated my efforts on the animals in this world.

I wanted to come up with an iconic view of the world that would set it apart from other prehistoric interpretations. The directors described to me that the film takes place during the end of the Ice Age, as the world began to warm up. I thought it would be visually interesting to see a glacier melting in a way to create a grand-canyon-like effect, with a giant waterfall cascading out of a wall of ice.

Well, nowhere in the film do you see anything like that because the directors chose to go more naturalistic than fantastic. Still, I thought it would be fun posting.

As a visual development artist, it’s my job it to come up with as many visual ideas that I can in the hopes that somewhere in my exploration, I will stumble across a particular direction that will work for the directors.

20 comments :

Dee C.K. said...

very beautiful!! ;)

Caio said...

Did you make this naturally (watercolor, pastel, etc) or photoshoped, Mr. Vignali?

Jörn Gebert said...

Cold. It looks soooo cold.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Caio,

Thanks for asking. I forgot to mention, this is graphite pencil combined with Col-Erase pencil on Ledger paper.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention, I added a little photoshop to this file.

GhettoFab said...

I get tingles when I look at your work....tingles I tell ya!

epic sir

shellywan said...

Hello Mr. Vignali~
Wow, Rockstar games, Disney imagineering, Wizard of the Coast!? We have worked for all these same companies without ever crossing paths~? :( Too bad!! You are an amazing VisDev artist! Hopefully i can learn from your wonderful compositions~

sw

Cooked Art said...

Breathtaking stuff Mr.Vignali!

Bobby Chiu said...

I love how tiny I feel as I'm looking at it.

bog_art said...

Nunca se me hubiera ocurrido armar todo en una sola composición.. que incríble trabajo!!.. son acuarelas??..

Craig said...

Wow!! It feels like the anti-desert...super cold and super desolate. Beautiful drawing.

Billy George said...

Awesome. Really fun interesting shapes. Pure Vignali.

pepbrocal said...

WoW! I can hear the echo! echo! echooo...

Lena said...

O!!!Beauttiful,Marselo!!!Hot are you doing?I liked your spainting!!!I wish you creative successes!Elena.Good bye!

Urban Barbarian said...

Stunning and epic!!!

Mark McDonnell said...

Hey Marcelo,

I would love to see a close-up of the stream area, particularly where the water is splashing .. . it feels alive and still moving,

MAC

Jared Shear said...

Very cool!.....love the end of the ice age concept with the canyons of ice.

craig said...

Hey Marcelo, wonderful idea. Really nice storytelling in that image. The setup below is fantastic.Niiice.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone, for all your kind comments.

Shelly, it's amazing we HAVEN'T run into each other sooner. And here we run into each other in the world of Bloggers. Thanks for stopping by.

Blog_art, gracias por sus comentarios, estas ilustraciones son trabajo de lápiz. No hay ninguna acuarela en estas ilustraciones. Para esta ilustración usé lápices Col-Erase, y grafito.

Mark McDonnell said...

No dice?

MAC