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This is a random assortment of images in no particular order, so please don’t read it as if it were a storyboard!
‘The Illusionist’ premiered some time ago, at the Berlinale Film Festival (February 16th, 2010)
I love the art direction of these images. They are centred on a very particular sense of place, and the palette and lighting are truthfully based on the Scottish landscapes of highland and island.
The visual development was initiated by Evgeni Tomov, and Bjarne Hansen is credited as Art Director.
There’s an interview with Sylvain Chomet here, (Here’s the YouTube version), and a mini portfolio of stills here
Full cast and crew credits on the IMDB site.
Sylvain Chomet’s previous credits as director include “Les Triplettes de Belleville” and “The Old Lady and The Pigeons”
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Tatsuyuki Tanaka, the animator from 4c Studios whose first major job was key animator on Akira (1988), has a folio of work from his 2003 graphic novel / manga “Cannabis Works” on view at Digik Gallery.
Aside from enjoying the masterly draughtsmanship evident in all his work, I’m also a great admirer of the subdued colour schemes he employs. They give a sense of otherworldliness that suggests not just another place, but also another time for the events he draws so well.
This third panel is from a series called “Fifth Dimension” that Pink Tentacle has thoughtfully translated into English.
Truly, gorgeously, bizarre….
This is post #11 in this mini series of snow scenes.
In terms of technique, it’s the most demanding of all so far in this series. Although it’s only 10 by 13 inches ( or 25 by 33 cm ) it was made difficult by 2 factors. First, when the air temperature is close to freezing, it gets more and more difficult to lay a wash of colour, especially when painting wet – into – wet, as here. (I’ve had to substitute petrol for water in these circumstances, with success.) Secondly, according to Russell Flint’s own account (see below), he was slipping and sliding all over the place on his own pair of skis, so it was hard to stay upright and keep a steady hand on the brush.
The Skier, Switzerland About 1927. Watercolour.
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Despite all these obstacles, Russell Flint has created a dynamic composition using a very limited palette. Hats off!
The (auction) catalogue notes continue after the fold >>
There’s a new name in the blogroll (left) today, and it’s that of Stephen Hanson, Illustrator and Visual development artist.
I had the pleasure of working with Steve a few years ago during the making of Balto, where we both painted backgrounds.
He’s been producing some gorgeous work that you can see on his new blog The Lost Moon.
Here’s a few samples that show Stephen’s versatility as a painter and illustrator:
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Zoo-Zoo The Big Game.