See the complete book here.
Another artworks by Christophe Ferreira for Buta/Kitsune french-japanese animated feature film project.
A pilot was produced by Telecom studio, with Kazuhide Tomonaga as animation director.
Third narrative piece for thesis-
This story is from Russia and it is called “The Firebird and the Horse of Power.” I realized the firebird is a recurring element in much of Russian folklore, the most famous being Ivan and the Firebird.
This story however revolves around the Tsar’s servant/ personal archer discovering a firebird feather in the forest, leading to an epic adventure. Although the horse of power warns that great strife will come from retrieving the feather, the man does not listen. Although he experiences great strife to get there, he eventually becomes the new Tsar and is married to a magical princess from the edge of the earth!
Prints will be available here shortly.
A selection of Character, Prop, and Effect designs from the Steven Universe episode: “Bubble Buddies”
Art Direction Kevin Dart
Lead Character Designer Danny Hynes
Character Designer Colin Howard
Prop Designer Angie Wang
Color Tiffany Ford
Color Assist Jasmin Lai
I finally drew these guys after millions of years
but I hated drawing Ross the most
sketch of the day! paper lantern
Favorite Movies → Mononoke Hime (1997)
"Never. He is life itself. He is not dead, San. He is here right now, trying to tell us something: that it’s time for both of us to live."
My old student portfolio for Visual Development (Character Design) based on “Wicked”
Because I often receive questions about portfolios, I thought, well, maybe it would be helpful for some to share my own personal experience accompanied by some visuals. Namely, my own portfolio I submitted to transition from the Animation department to the Visual Development department of Disney Feature Animation.
Now one thing that I will mention here as a disclaimer, and something that will probably be reiterated through out this post is that this is only my personal experience, and there is definitely not any sort of “formula” to make a portfolio for the Disney’s Vis dev. Portfolios that look nothing like this, share no common element, is just as likely to get you into the vis dev department. The acceptance is made by a committee of people, and not just one person’s personal taste or criteria.
Way back in the summer of 2007, I was an artistic intern at Disney. (Mainly 2D character animation, but also some story and vis-dev on the side.)
I was having lunch with one of our mentors at that time, Claire Keane, in which she gave us some advice on structuring a visual development portfolio.
One of her suggestions that stuck to me was to take one story, and dedicate the entire portfolio to it, as if you were developing that into a feature film.
This idea sounded good to me, because it made sense. It’s a semi-simulation of the kind of things you would be doing as a professional artist at Disney anyway, (which gives the reviewers a much better, reliable idea of how you would perform as a contributor) but it also gives the spectator a slightly more immersive viewing experience, as they are taken through one continuous story, with characters they understand, rather than having to adjust to brand new content with the turn of each page.
The many times I have reviewed portfolios, I have also found it a slight handicap to have to ask the artist, “Now, what is this thing from?” 4 or 5 times in one portfolio.
So in 2008, while I was working on Princess and the Frog, (still as a full time student at Calarts), I started on this visual development portfolio. I chose my story to be Wicked, the musical, which I am sure many of you are familiar with.
Now one thing before I elaborate further…
If I thought sharing with you my Frozen artwork was uneasy, showing this portfolio (which is my student portfolio from many years ago)… I honestly cannot shake the embarrassment.
But, as Tarkovsky once said, artists are there to serve.. And for one thing, after years of deciding never to show this portfolio on a public platform, I came to the conclusion of this; that it was always rather difficult talking about the type of portfolio that gets you into the doors of the animation industry, and because portfolios are so visual, visual accompaniment just makes more sense.
And for another, I always liked to see other artist’s various stages of development. Obviously nothing here represents me currently, but more shows where I used to be in the past.
When I look back at this portfolio, obviously I see so many flaws in terms of draftsmanship, design choices, character choices, taste etc, and I want to fix them all. But again, the purpose of this post isn’t to show who I am as an artist right now, but to dig up my past and say “Well this is how it happened for me in the past.”
Here is part 1 of the portfolio. I know for some it may be frustrating to have this divided into 2, but the nature of tumblr posts seem to want things kept short. So I’ll try and post part 2 of the portfolio as soon as possible. I want to say within the next day or two, but there’s just never knowing with when I’ll get another free moment.
I think what is probably most important to show in your portfolio is a strong draftsmanship, a good taste in design choices, and a special intuition for characterization.(I’m speaking for my own criteria when I review portfolios, and I don’t claim to represent anyone else’s.)
As you can see I also tried to pay attention to the presentation of the portfolio, which is why I tried to design the layout of it with the theme of “drawer of a Shiz student”.
I’ll probably try to address some of those things that I mentioned in future posts perhaps.
I hope this old student portfolio of mine gave you a better idea on who to shape your own. One thing I would recommend is to not copy exactly the method I used to form a portfolio, but see it more as a solution that will hopefully help you come up with your own solution on how to structure a portfolio.
Next up is Part 2, with some development designs of Fiyero, the Wizard, the Flying monkeys etc
How about a blast from the past?
Frozen just came out, and ”The Art of Frozen” book is also available for purchase, but since I haven’t seen what is included of my work in the book yet, I’ll post a few things I gathered from the work I’ve done on the movie.
The work I did consisted mostly of character designing- mainly Kristoff and Anna, and some Elsa. I started work on Frozen I think from all the way back in 2009.
Minus this very first image of Kristoff and Anna, these images will probably be from the earliest versions. The visual development from later and most recent versions will probably be in part 2 and part 3.
These drawings are the very first designs I did for Anna and Kristoff.
As many of you may know, animated films go through various changes, which includes characters and their personalities. In this early version, Anna and Kristoff’s characters were different from who they are in the final film.
The main cultural reference we focused on back then was a group of reindeer-herding indigenous group of Scandinavians called the Sami People. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_people)
So I started from there with these designs, trying to be as faithful as I can to their unique and beautiful costumes.
Some variations of Kristoff:
Probably the most different thing about the earliest version was the Snow Queen her self.
Here are some designs of her based off the earliest iterations:
It’s always a little uneasy seeing your old work, and even more so to share it with everyone. I drew differently, and thought of drawing differently. But seeing these drawings from 4 years ago, and how much movement has happened since then, gives me anticipation for my growth as an artist in the future. Hopefully I’ll be at a much better, different place 4 years from now too.
Also, congratulations to the whole Frozen crew for creating such a hit. Now just comes the good part.:)
If you would like to see more of the artistry gone into Frozen by many people, check out “The Art of Frozen”: http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Frozen-Charles-Solomon/dp/1452117160
All the images from Frozen is the property of the Walt Disney company.
Part 2 and Part 3 coming soon..
Accessory collage assignment for lifestyles.