Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Tropical Jungle Design Part 1 - Surf's Up

©Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures.
Part of my job in Surf's Up was to design the interior of the jungle. The task was to create a sequence illustration that would visually represent the whole jungle sequence. The middle and bottom images were part of my very early studies for the elements that would populate the jungle. The verticality of the vines appeals to me big time and decided to use them a lot. Also, photos from a hiking trip in the jungles of Palawan back in 1992 in the Philippines came in very handy to remember the experience of how it is inside a dense tropical rainforest. The product is the illustration on top where Geek travels with Cody back to his secret home.

29 comments:

laojie - painter said...

stunning work, armand!

Mark Behm said...

Wow. So nice. So rich and alive. I love it.

Mark McDonnell said...

These are so wonderfully beautiful Armand. This was definatly one of my favorite scenes. I wish I could press pause in the theatre. Seriously wonderful stuff Armand and Congrats on the film, it was definaly a visual feast.

Thanks for sharing and wow . . .you did great work,

MAC

Shuku said...

BOTANICALS. I recognize some of those plants! I pass some of 'em every day enroute to work. Ginger flowers! And those HUGE money plants...gorgeous! Local flora never looked so fantastic!

--Shuku

SIM-R said...

Beautiful stuff Armand - looks even better on screen .

Cheers .

Jared Shear said...

WOW!...great stuff, love seeing the breakdowns of the individual elements, can't wait to see more.

Marmax said...

Gorgeous work! Gotta run out and buy that art book!

Dave said...

Absolutely beautiful work! The verticals really give a great sense of scale and depth to the jungle - just amazing :)

Frasier Olivier said...

superbe travail de recherches...

cdeboda said...

Great job on the environments. It came across very well on film.

Marcos Mateu said...

WHAT??? You worked on Surf's Up???
I didn't know! you should have told me buddie.

This is beautiful artwork, this and everything else you did for the film, so consistent, atmospheric and pleasant to look at.

Joshua James said...

O_O !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


I love this blog! Never leave us!!!!!!!!!

the Incredible Andy said...

this is some extreme foliage! You are putting us all to shame, but in a great way.

Mr.Jack said...

Hello,
Wow this is an awsome blog!
Can you please check out my blog and give me some harsh crits? I REALLY need some.
Thanks alot for sharing.

Oliver Kurth said...

Beautiful stuff!

Tim Bye said...

Absolutely stunning Armand! Are the colour foliage done digitally or in paint?! Super work

Jason Seiler said...

Amazing work Armand, I have no other words.

Armand Serrano said...

Tim,

They're done digitally. thanks.

Martin Hsu said...

simply gorgeous...

Craig Mackay said...

Armand, you are a true art monster! I took my 3 year-old to see Surf's Up and we loved it. Great job, man! You should be proud of the end result of all your labor. These plant drawings are so beautiful and vibrant. Love the designs and color. Your work rocks.

Alina Chau said...

WOW!!! Stunning!

CárcamO said...

Excelentes estudos e trabalhos Serrano.
parabéns!!Congartulations!!
Um abraço do Brasil

Cárcamo

Philip Dimitriadis said...

Armand, these are amazing...just amazing. Great detail and information..... just incredible!!! Very well done.
thanks for sharing this great work,

-Phil

Marcelo Vignali said...

Armand, I'm glad you posted some of this work. Really fantastic. I'm your biggest fan.

David Colman said...

nothing short of amazing....that film was beautiful and youre a big reason for it. I just wish it did better @ the box office

TURCIOS said...

súper tus dibujos!
un abrazo

BEN said...

"o" WOW!! fantastic sketches!!!! the dynamic and the movement of the lines give a powerful vitality !! and everthing become alive..
uao...

Jelter said...

really nice designs

alf said...

great work, man! you are really a complete artist.