Monday, 14 April 2014

The actress

The 'B-movie' actress who appears in the black & white film ('L'Ile du dragon') at the beginning of 'A Monster In Paris' was designed by Annette Marnat, a sensational French designer-one of the best in the industry.

 Carlos Leon did the art direction on the texture painting for the character:
"Working with line drawings from the character designers, I painted these color models with as much volume and material information as possible. The idea was for modelers and shading artists to have a clear image of what to go for. I find that there is often a big loss of character in going from a 2d design to a 3d model…"

An astounding level of artistry for a character glimpsed so briefly in the final film. 

My original storyboard panel

Texture Painting

Texture painting reference by Carlos Felipe Leon

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Test footage

Background characters for the 'look of picture' test by Production Designer Francois Moret.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Concept Art

Early concept art to sell Bibo's vision of the film; a lush, early 20th century, art nouveau infused Romantic adventure!

A climactic show-down atop the Eiffel Tower with falling snow was always envisioned by Bibo.
An early incarnation of 'Catherine' - Raoul's beloved delivery vehicle
The professor's greenhouse contained his experimental giant flora
The 'runaway funicular' would always be a thrilling set piece in the film. 
 Not only are Emile and Raoul watching the show but the eagle-eyed will spot Toulouse Lautrec sketching amongst the spectators!