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BANYAN TREE DIAGRAM

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This was one of the designs for Geek's tree, it was based on a banyan tree. Our character Geek lived insided the roots -- his home was sort of like a burrow under a tree.

But, that alone isn't enough information to design the tree, so I created a series of documents to help explain the tree exterior. Here's another document from that design package that was created to describe the construction of the banyan tree to the modeling department. (My good friend Armand Serrano did an excellent cut-away view of the interior, I hope he posts that on his blog.)

Part of the trick is drawing and desgining any element, but in this business the other part is understanding it well enough that it can be communicated to the next department. In the end the tree turned out extremely well; we had some of the best modelers in the business working on our show.

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Dalton Nunez said...

Love your drawings?
How much time and research you do in order for you to make a good design? or you make things up from your imagination and memory?

GWhitehall said...

These style guides are very informative. Seeing your design process is both helpful and inspiring. Keep up the great work!

Piya said...

Wow this is really cool. It's great to see how the whole visual development process works. Looking forward to your Schoolism class!

Jed said...

I bet the modeling department really appreciated this. Really extensive research. Production design's cool because you get to learn a little about everything.

great work, sir!

Allen Capoferri said...

Beautiful studies that work particularly well communicating the idea with both the graphic silhouettes and prismapencil drawings. Great work Marcelo!

christian said...

Thanks for posting all these designs, sir, it's so interesting and nice!! Having a look to the process of designing and explaining is really great.

Billy George said...

Awesome as usual. I love seeing the graphic design style breakdowns.

Alina Chau said...

WOW!! Never have enough of your concept arts!

Shuku said...

Mmmmmmmmmm. Reeeeeeeeseaaaaaaaarch. Probably my favourite part of anything. That's great, Marcelo! And the drawings are fantastic - those are the sorts of diagrams/explanations I love when I'm dealing with costumes/designing. I'm learning -so- much just looking at what you post up for these. :) YAY!

Good luck on the awards. I swear, rooting for you ALL THE WAY.

--Shuku
Distracted by err...more jewellery

soundboy said...

That sounds like the perfect job, I love drawing trees. I could easily spend a few hours just drawing different leaf styles. You're a lucky lucky person, and quite talented.

Armand Serrano said...

Even how many times I look at this drawing, my friend, the "magic" is always there. Thanks for posting.

Craig said...

Man....its so obvious that you love to draw and design. Its great seeing what you pull from your research and apply to what you are doing. Super fun stuff Marcelo!!

Jeff Harter said...

Vignali, Wonderful drawings, and just as important, very clear notes. Just starting doing vis dev at American Greetings and have done the same sort of thing. There is quite a bit of back and forth if notes are not crystal clear. Thanks for posting all of your inspirational work, I'm a big fan.

Jeff Harter said...

Marcelo, Oops, my apologies, meant to lead off with your first name! (duh)

Jamal O said...

I admire the amount of work that goes into crafting features. I consider "most" feature animation artists to be at the pinnacle of the craft.

Even when a shot is shown only for a second on screen, there is amazing attention to detail.

It's high time audiences understood what goes into creating these worlds.

Great work Mr.Vignali

Dave said...

Great work! Thanks again for sharing all this!

Per H said...

Very informative in an artistic way! Beautiful!

JoelHasse said...

These are awesome! i am a student in the Art Institute, and this post really helped me understand more of what a banyan trees makeup is. thank you much!