Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Vis Dev

I made a departure about a year ago with my film work and I had a blast experimenting out side of my normal range. I am, by nature, more tuned toward classic matte painting, which is what I always wanted to be when I was a teenager. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to work with some very talented artists who have greatly infuenced me. Among the designers I greatly admire are Scott Wills (who did Samurai Jack) and Ramone Zibach (who is one of the most talented Production Designers Dream Works has at the moment. I met both these guys on El Dorado while I was Art Directing and their approach to painting was 180 degrees to mine. They both came from TV, and their palletts were bold and graphic. One of their heroes, and mine too, was Maurice Noble, who was one of the greatest desingers ever to work in Animation. Well, after years of working for DW, 10 to be exact (1995-2005) I left and began to put some of these bold stylized design ideas to work and out came hundreds of paintings. These three are among those paintings. I made some custom brushes and really tried to push my shapes to be as simple as possible within the envelope of the show. I then lit the shots to be more naturalistic isntead of flat like the Noble art. I have posted a few of these type of images in the past but I thought it would be helpful to give the history for the shift in styles. To para phrase the famous Ken Anderson; "the artist who desires to work in Vis Dev should be able to change styles, 7-8 styles, depending on the needs of the film". I have tried to live by this idea and not get stuck painting in only one style. Just when I figure out how to paint one way, I try to change for the next round. Plus I have so little patience and get bored very easily, usually with my own work. Sorry for the long winded rant.


TK42ONE said...

Is the second based on LOTR? Kind of looks like that crew. And I like the last one. Seems kind of plain on the surface, but you can feel a story behind it.

Mark McDonnell said...

My friend, I am very very impressed. This is an incredible change from most of the work I have seen you create . . .the color is just as beautiful, but the style and shapes are all new, and . . . just as beautiful. Impressive Sam,


Philip Dimitriadis said...

Wow Sam..great work. Thanks for talking about it and explaining what you are doing here artisticlly and what influenced you. Really nice work.

Craig Mackay said...

Rants always welcome when coming from you! Thanks for sharing such great stuff. Hope all is going well for you and your family. Take care, Sam!

Paul Lasaine said...

These are beautiful! What were they done for? Work? Fun?

Marc said...

I am really liking this style. I would love to see more.

Griselda Sastrawinata said...

hmmm.... i recognize those... ah... the good old days...

Emily said...

the cold reds you used here really work, I enjoyed stumblig over this blog and these images

proconpictures said...

it was great to read your thoughts and explanation. the bg info helps to understand your work. you have mastered everything you lay hands on.
however, i am a bit confused, do you mean by mattes photorealistic ones? and if yes, canvas or digital? and if non of the above... how did you end up where you are today?

FinnFactory said...

first time visitor, i'll be back - nice work.

Jeff Harter said...

Awesome, Would love to see more of this...

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