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Open Season Pencil Drawing

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This drawing was done during a testing phase for the Open Season Project.

We were in the process of creating a prototype version of our film in CG, in order to test out the style of the film. We did a crane shot of the camera moving over the landscape, trucking through the trees, and then camera moves over a hill, and finally we reveal this shot. So, the entire drawing was done in various levels like a 2D film, with trees in front on an overlay, meadow and hillside with bushes and rocks, and then the finale with the waterfall and and old saw mill.

We put it all together using Maya like a multiplane camera with my drawings placed on cards. We completed this exercise, but we never completed a CG version of this shot as we had originally planned.

The drawings were done with graphite on animation paper.

36 comments :

Seth Hippen said...

Beauty, Marcelo. Who needs the 3D version?

Daniel said...

Awesome drawing! I'm always interested in the details - I wonder what size is the original and how long did it take you? Did you use much reference or draw it out of your head?

Thanks!

jay said...

it would still be awesome to see the 3d test! it's just great to see elements put together for something like that!

Jason Seiler said...

Marcelo, your work is so beautiful and inspiring!!!

Joseph Lee said...

Beautiful background! Love the composition to the piece!

Tevik Avakyan said...

Great work and wonderful style.

Yaxin said...

love old good graphite on animation paper scopes, the atmospheric lights studies are so nice ^-^

Justin Jenkins said...

hey marcelo i met you at the animation book look last weekend. great stuff as usual keep postin!

David Colman said...

lovely lighting, really great mood you achieved here...nice and warm, such tranquility and w/in an appealing style

Thanx for coming to my big day again Mo... wonderful story you shared and heard you had some good words w/my Dad too

Ale said...

Beautiful drawing Marcelo. Such a relaxing feeling!
Keep posting the pencil treasures! ;)

Take care,
Alessandra

Jed Henry said...

A really great geometric interpretation of nature. It's all smoothed down and given a really appealing rhythm.

I also appreciate how you separated foreground and background elements, and directed the eye right to the old mill.

Jed

Urban Barbarian said...

Breathtaking! Wow! Lots of dimension to this one! You always impress!!!

andy said...

Really nicely drawn background Marcelo, love the simplification of the forms, beautiful stuff!

Javi García said...

Very nice drawing, love it!

Mike Lee said...

Geez luiz! Your my hero!

Alina Chau said...

beautiful!!

the clownninja said...

this is awesome. good lookin' on the orphan act. I can't believe legislators are so ignorant/indifferent to the implications. Hope it works out. keep the art coming..

Kyle Marshall said...

Gorgeous drawing! Love seeing your renders liek this.

Anonymous said...

Hi. Does anyone know how to contact Marcelo? About work stuff?

Chris Bivins said...

Amazing Marcelo. I wish I could see the initial test for this sequence. Sounds really cool from your description.

-Biv

Billy George said...

Beautiful composition.

oriol said...

Always amazing Marcelo!

PD: I made a new blog.

tokyobanana said...

since the first time isaw your different works , you were one of the best drawer that i had the luck to see , i was young and now i cannot wait to wite you something . sorry to be a little bit ashamed, caus e i 'm not so shy as usual , but i'm just a drawer working in animation in FRANCE and tryng to be more close to this big family taht i love since my childhood . you are all like my fathers and now that i m becoming a grown man , i reallly want to work with persons like you . 'i m in annecy for one week i hope i will find someone to trust in me like it was happended for others as you . thanks for your work keep going ahead , on the right way , all my best felllings for the next . and see you ; sincerly,
tokyobanana Emmanuel Briand

benjatoon studio said...

Marcelo Hello! that good work! I love going through this blog always learns something new! thanks, Benja

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone for all your kind words! Pencil drawings are getting more and more rare. Just recently I had to do a large drawing here at work, and I did it almost entirely in the computer.

Daniel: The original is about 11x17, and it took no more than a day or so to draw. Because this was part of a larger product, the final drawing wasn't as important as the whole effect of the 3D test. Not much reference since this is highly stylized.

I don't know that I can post the 3D test, but I'll track it down. Who knows?

Anonymous: I can be reached at vignalistudio@aol.com.

Oriol: Nice blog!

Tokyobanana: Keep on trying! That's how everyone in this industry makes it happen. You have to believe in yourself, and you have to keep trying.

Richard Gaines said...

Marcelo, your work is so clean on top of being extremely energetic. You are an inspiration!

In regards to the Orphan Works Act, would this really deprive artists of their ownership? If someone else takes it to use for their own profit, would that nullify your ability to use it on your own behalf?

Houston Trueblood said...

Marcelo,

Hey, I'm getting married! I just wanted to get a hold of you somehow, and I figured this might be the best way to do it. I feel a bit embarrassed announcing it on such a public forum

Could I get your address to send you an invitation? You can email me at houstopha@gmail.com.

Also, I'm glad to see you're aware of the Orphan Works Act and active in opposing it. I'm interning with Brad Holland right now, who's heading up the opposition for the Illustrators' Partnership. It's a hard fight, and everyone needs to be involved!

Thanks! Talk to you soon.

pablo s. fernández said...

Gracias por tu comentario en el blog, muy bonito este fondazo!!! Dibujas increible!!

Abrazo grande desde argentina

Pagas said...

Amazing illustrations
so long
Pagas

Jamal O said...

Beautiful layout. Great composition.
The subtle change in values direct my eye to the center.

Top work Marcelo

Boris Andreev said...

Marcelo,

This is very interesting. Thanks for posting it!
All the best from Vancouver, BC.

omar said...

Great draws!!!!.. Congratulations!!
From Peru
Omar

Anonymous said...

We want more! We want more!!!!

TIMOTHY JACK said...

Very retro. Its great to see style particularly of this sort in modern cinema.

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