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Surf's Up Rough Character Design

When we started the Surf's Up project, there was no script, directors or character designers. Regardless, we knew this was going to be our next project and so began the task of fleshing out this world.

One of the inherent problems that penguins have is that they all look a like. So, I thought it would be interesting to play with the patterning of the penguins to make them more distinctive and interesting. I began exploring patterning that would reflect the tattoo patterns that surfers today wear. Here's one of my rough concept sketches for my idea.

When the directors came on board, they liked this idea of tattoo patterning and so it stuck. Later on, Sylvain Deboissy became our character designer and did a fantastic job creating the various patterning you see in the final character designs.

This drawing is pen and magic marker. No...heh-heh...magic marker is not a computer program.


Marcos Mateu said...

'Magic-marker'??? is there a version for Mac???

Very cool drawing and insight story Mo, in fact I didn't know it happened this way until now!

hadi tabasi said...

very very good.

Ian said...

Hee hee hee hee. Magic marker? You mean there's VERSIONS FOR THE COMPUTER?? Gasp!

It's a wonderful concept sketch, Marcelo! Speaking as someone who has a -lot- of trouble with digital art, seeing traditional stuff truly is refreshing these days. Makes me feel less aged...

Singing like a lark at dawn

Daniel said...

Great drawing! The lines of full of energy :)

Jason Seiler said...

That's so cool man. The tattoos is one of the better ideas I thought, was really cool.

Erwin Madrid said...

The tattoo designs was a good idea and its great to know who came up with it. The movie looked amazing by the way.

Lena said...

Greetings!!You suprisingly draw!!Very artly!! Good bye!

sophie said...

lol, I loved the idea for the tatoos on the penguins. My favourite design was the one they used on 'geek'. :)

and you used a pen for the sketch lines. Art needs more pen drawings! :)

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M.R. Weaver said...

Some of the coolest character designs to hit the silver screen in a while.