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Open Season

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We have to go back a few years for these. When I first came to Sony Pictures Animation, I started working on Open Season as a character designer. My job was to develop the Boog character's design -- before the script was set. I did a series of sketches trying to figure out who this nine foot, 1,100 pound grizzly bear was.

Boog was raised as a house pet, and he's sort of a naughty child. The idea here, as Boog attempts to raid the cookie jar, is that he is completely unaware of his size and power.

I did a lot of exploration with the designs and attempted to move him around to get a feel for the way the character would move.

Once I had gotten a good feel for the character, I did some turns. In the end, I gave him fur-like pants that gave him a britches-feel to his fur, and large forelimbs with tiny paws and delicate claws that act like fingers.

Ultimately, my friend Carter Goodrich came on as the character designer, and I took the position of art director on Surf's Up. Despite the changes in the style and design for Boog, I was glad to see the ideas remained the same and made it into the final version.

23 comments :

Mark McDonnell said...

You . . . are INCREDIBLE!

Beauties,

MAC

Peter Oedekoven said...

Beautiful scetches...Marcelo !

Patrick Ballesteros said...

Thanks for the insight into your design process Marcelo,really cool to be aware of all those little subtleties you put into Boog.

A. Riabovitchev said...

These drawings Amazing!
I especially love one on the top!

andrew said...

These are great designs, I especially like the middle page poses and line quality.

Daniel said...

Totally and utterly amazing! Great drawings, thanks for sharing.

Ted Blackman said...

Moe, these are beautiful drawings, and bears are difficult to draw because the heavy fur hides so much of the form.
I remember when I first visited Sony Features, you were about the only artist in the place. That was a good visit because I reconnected with you again. -Ted

gaurishankar said...

great works again.....

Gabby Zapata said...

thank youuu very much for your lovely comment on my blog! Your work is fantastic! :) Your sketches are full of life!

Alina Chau said...

LOVE LOVE The bear!!

Josh Cotton said...

You don't know me, but I'm a BYU student and I found your blog through friends who were fans. I just have to say, beautiful work! The bear has so much character, and it's so solid yet simple. It was very informative and educational for me, thanks for posting

galvinator said...

Classic! Beautiful beautiful work!

SEILER said...

Amazing work!!!!! The art of Open Season is still one of my favorite art books!

Anonymous said...

hohoho, that's a great stlye! BTW, do you take sketch requests?

NLC

Charles Santoso said...

Beautiful drawings! and he's a wonderful character, Marcelo! :D

All the best! :)

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone, I'm glad you liked the bears.

Patrick, so much of character design is made up of thinking a character through. The ideas really make the difference.

Ted, it's funny you should say that, I actually had to study bear anatomy and musculature in order to know how to cartoon their anatomy. That fur really does hide a lot.

Anonymous, let me know what you're looking for, and we'll see if we can work something out.

Ted Blackman said...

Well, I know about bears because I've had to draw them. One false line and you suddenly have a stupid looking dog!

Griselda Sastrawinata said...

amazing, like always

Anonymous said...

well, my request is a sketch of a cartoon crocodile, simple as that. :-)


NLC

CárcamO said...

Estes personagesn são incríveis.As expresões e gestos são de um craque no desenho.Congratulatios!!

Vladimir Bursać said...

What a striking drawings!!!
What a mastery!!!
You are always a great inspiration for me. Thank you very much!
Best! :o)

Mr.Breadcrumbs said...

very inspiring!

Aritul said...

When I first saw the drawings, I thought it was the Charmin bear. Either way, nice drawings.