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Brother Bear Humans

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One of my assignments was to design some of the human characters too. So, with a bit of research, I did a series of drawings that I believed would be helpful in terms of authentic costume design for pre-Columbian natives in the New World, tools and activities.

In this drawing, I have called out the tools -- and how they're used. This character is drilling through solid bone with a reed and a hands-free vice. The reason for this is to make a bone hook. The kind you see being sold as necklaces today in gift shops.

Showing a variety of different tools, and their usage, I believed would help they guys on the Brother Bear project see things in a different way.

Here, I'm illustrating how the natives would have made planks of wood with an obsidian adze.

These poses and characters were all drawn without photo reference, but rather with lots of research on the usage of stone age type tools.

I was fortunate to have worked on a previous project where I had already done research on this subject, and already bought the books on Native American stone tools. I'd be pretty handy if I ever ended up on a deserted island!

The drawings were drawn on newsprint with prismacolor pencil.

32 comments :

aksel said...

thanks to your quick answer !Your human characters are great too but i prefer your bears!

Mark McDonnell said...

Beautiful on so many levels Marcelo. You wrinkle my brow with happiness. Wonderful characters and flushed out ideas of conduct.

Beautiful Marcelo,

MAC

milkyteets said...

cool stuff... it appears like you actually researched into it. I love those bears below too.

Billy George said...

ok im inspired for the day. Thanks Marcelo!

miquel rossello said...

I love your bears, but this sketches are amazing!! you are a crack!!

Jason Seiler said...

Man, your work just makes me sick man, truly inspiring to say the least!

Dave said...

Such great work, Marcelo! So much appeal in these difficult tasks!

Allen Capoferri said...

The amount of drawing it takes to get to the level of relaxed ease these figures show without reference. Beautifully done Marcelo!

Joe Karg said...

I love to look at your drawings. Each one draws you into whatevery world you've created. Suck nice details. Your years of experience have made your naturalism and keen attention to detail second nature.

cgyoung said...

Wow,...love the life your pencil
seems to give these characters, hey feel very alive...very nice.
I must visit often for inspiration.

-cgy

Yaxin said...

always inspiring to pass by your place
^_^

martin wittig said...

Freakin GREAT!!!! As always of course;) I just want 1 ounce of your ability:)

bog_art said...

They are really great!!.. and it was good for you that you had bought a book about them before the project.. amazing!!

Mark McDonnell said...

Nice to see that with all your technical and cinimatic artistic abilities, your story and emphasis on "thinking" is such an amazing asset. Your hand just gets to execute the acuteness of your mind Marcelo. Cuz, DANG!!!!

MAC

Pam said...

vuelvo a pasar por tu blog y quedo maravillada...q grosso q sos marcelo! tenes una soltura increible...
saludos!

Allen Capoferri said...

Haa! Your comment on my blog made my Thanksgiving holiday...Hope you and your family have a good one too.

FerdinandKreozot said...

Oh boy :)
cheers to you and your work.
once I grow up, I wish to be just like you!
:)

Are we friends?
Because I want to be your friend.
Cheers again,

Milenko

Lena said...

Greetings,Marcelo!O!You ideally draw!!!You very purely write in Russian!It is very pleasant!I,as well as you,"the museum person ".I too very much love Klimt.And in Russia there was remarkable artist Michail Vrubel.About Vrubelss art spoke-"it is a magic garden.But flowers,alive and fragrant,are invented,created and grown up the magician-gardener!"
Thank you very much!!!
Lena.

Hodges! said...

always amazing, can we ever hope for an art of Vignali book?

Shuku said...

Marcelo, those are -lovely-! I have to admit though, my favourite part isn't so much the drawings as the fact that you researched the -tools- and labelled them (is my post-grad research assistantship showing through right about now? Hee.)

--Shuku
Still coughing up lungs for donation

Tom said...

Man, these are fantastic drawings. It's great to know the research that went into them as well and the purpose behind them. Thanks for sharing, and I'll say it again and again until I have a copy in my hands you must make a book of your drawings!

Jackson said...

Lovely work on these guys. The design sense is very cool.

E_Bone said...

Shit!Very nice work!
E_B

Grant Alexander said...

Awesome. Wonderfully rhythmic!

Tim Bye said...

Tremendous drawings!

Marcelo Vignali said...

You guys are all too kind!

Askel, I'll see if I can find another bear sketch for you and Milky.

Milky, yeah, I just love doing the research.

Allen, I really look for that relaxation in a drawing. I think it's the toughest thing to draw, even more so than anatomy.

Milenko, we're better than that, we're best mates!

Mark, what are skills with no ideas? I think a badly rendered good idea is better than the other way around. So, I focus on the ideas first or a strong statement.

Thanks Tom. I'll see what I can do in the coming year.

Shuku, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, you always run yourself ragged. I don't know how you're going to do it, but you need to find a way to sleep more. Lots of sleep will keep you healthy.

Urban Barbarian said...

so damn nice! Classic!!!!

Anna,la Fdez.O. said...

Wow, wow,…you are a very good sketcher and illustrator,… a MASTER !!!...

I can’t describe how I appreciate the possibility to watch your works of art and … ,if you do not consider impolite , I gonna include your blog in my links!!!...

Congratulations!!! ;-)

GhettoFab said...

more than magnifcient


wow

George kaprielian said...

Gadzooks man. after 29 comments before that was the only thing that was probably not taken yet.

Oliver Kurth said...

Wonderful sketches!

Philip Dimitriadis said...

These are so awesome...you make it look so effortless. Such great work!!