Wednesday, November 07, 2007

More Tonal Sketches for Mulan





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Looking through a box full of my old artworks a.k.a my Disney "archive", I came across these tonal sketches I did way back for Mulan (I'd say at least ten years ago!). These are done in graphite, prismacolor and pantone cool gray markers on standard animation paper.

29 comments:

notanymike said...

Tres Cool! I didn't know you could mix all those 'wet' mediums so well together on that type of bond! I bet it isn't wast though...were these used as actual frames also?

Armand Serrano said...

Hey notanymike,

I would lightly rough it out with waxy graphite like light blue col-erase then block everything with marker values (values have to be planned out though since once markers has been placed, there's no turning back or changing the values unless you gonna go darker). Then graphite is used to knit pick all the details. Black prismacolor is applied to punch the very dark and white prismacolor to do the opposite. Those were the pre-photoshop days and we have to figure out whatever works faster and gets the result we want.

Armand Serrano said...

notanymike,

To answer your last question, these artworks are the basis for the BG painters and literally based from final layout and animation. So what you see here is basically what will be seen on the big screen.

Cooked Art said...

Armand these are gorgeous!

Thank you for posting!

Billy George said...

Sweet! I remember being blown away by those when I first saw them out in Florida.

Mark McDonnell said...

Beautiful my friend . . . nice to see you're okay with the fire and life,

MAC

Dave said...

Beautiful! Great use of tone!

Doug Williams said...

Awesome man. Those are truly beautiful, thanks for sharing them with us. Thanks for the process too. I want to go home and try it now.

Nicolas P. Villarreal said...

Beautiful value sketches! thank you for sharing these with us and also explaining the process, very very cool.

Salud!!!

clint sutton said...

WOW!! these are reall amazing! got that ancient printed look to them! Thanks for leaving a coment on my blog! didnt think I would get anyone over there! haha! I am also looking for some help. Trying to get into a company in the USA were I can learn more in the field and suround myself with people like yourself who have so much exprerience! Just wandering if you have any advice as how to go about this? Its so difficult being so far away here in Africa! Any contacts or advice would be very appreciated! thanks!

Nicolas P. Villarreal said...

Thank you very much for you comment Armand! I really appreciate it especially coming from someone like you. Ill come back looking forward to see more beautiful art...

Salud!!

Shuku said...

Purr. Purr. Purr. Said the girl blissfully at seeing all the lovely sketches. These are -beautiful- Armand! I remember watching Mulan in grad school but I sure didn't have as much appreciation for it as I would now if I went through it again, knowing all the work you put into it.

I even remember the scenes these were taken from, all those years ago! They're gorgeous!

--Shuku

Alfred Llupia said...

Its great to show this artpieces Armand!

Chainsaw said...

So many years admiring your work and I had no I idea you went to UST.

Marc said...

What are markers? Just kidding! I know how hard it is to control your values and get smooth gradations with dry markers. You are masterful at it. Digital is so much easier.

Beautiful work!

Ale said...

Lovely work Armand! Very well balanced and clear.
And pencils make everything so warm! :)

George Cwirko-Godycki said...

these are so nice! i love your work man

miquel rossello said...

great Armand, for me you are a master!! not's a joke!!

Edouard Chevais-Deighton said...

That means that you were already a really good good good drawer ten years ago...
My daughter loves Mulan ! Hope she won't become as her... I mean a girl who doesn't listen to her father... ;)

Randy Bantog said...

cool stuff from Mulan!

Armand Serrano said...

Thanks guys. Mulan is very special for it's the very first feature I worked on and thanks to Diney Florida for getting me on board and be a part of it and the other clssics after that. I'm glad to share these artworks with everyone.

marcobucci said...

man, these made it into the film 1:1
amazing!

Leonardo Alannis said...

cool shit,looks like you got some golden ratios on the one drawing

Philip Dimitriadis said...

Awesome....very nice. I love this style and technique you are using here. Great shapes, compositions, and great reads. Really nice work. thanks for sharing it-
Phil

Henry Gonzalez said...

QUE BELLEZA DE DIBUJOS,HACE MUCHO RATO NO VEO NADA IGUAL,AHORA TODOS NOS DEDICAMOS A LO DIGITAL..

Armand Serrano said...

That's very true Henry and thanks for the kind words. There are sensibilities from pencil and paper that's so refreshing that cannot be mimicked by any digital medium (yet?!).

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Aira said...

*_* wow fantastic work! Thanks for sharing!