Here are a few images plucked from the blog of Lou Romano*, one of the head concept artists at the mighty Pixar. I managed to go see Up a few nights ago and, once again, Pixar managed to 1-up (pun!) themselves again, following Wall-e with a very simplistic, sentimental and beautiful film.
Aside from the movies themselves, I’ve always been blown away by the behind-the-scenes documentaries the Pixar folks put together showing the amount of conceptual that goes into everything they do. This is where Lou truly shines. He has a knack for creating extremely simplistic and colorful images that truly nail the scene at hand. After seeing Up then looking through his artwork, it’s truly incredible how the essence of his 2D concepts are carried through to the final 3D product.
If you haven’t seen Up, I highly recommend it. You can also check out more of Lou’s work on his blog*.
*If you haven’t seen the movie yet, be warned that some of Lou’s images might be scene spoilers.