Wow – twice in one day . A first !!!
So - Tron Mai is one of the best story board artists in the industry . His boards reek of pure emotion and heartfelt imagery . There’s a lot of sensitivity to his line work that brings emotion to the characters and the weight , or indeed happiness , of any situation in front of them . Put all of that together and you get powerful story telling . When we approached this moment in the movie for the first time we were unsure as to what might actually be on the other side of the wall. What creature might come through ? . Tron provided me with line drawings of the family from his boards in the first two paintings and a suggestion of the ground they might be standing on . The rest was open for exploration – but according to the boards and story that they presented the new world was , at that time , to be mysterious . So I kept it mysterious …and moody . The first – I thought it might be a bird of prey . The second was a suggestion to explore the idea that they may actually be on the jungle floor from the get go . The third – me going for the giant bird moment again .
The movie evolved as all movies do and newer versions of this moment were to be explored and explored again .
Cheers all .
Sometimes on The Croods we would get the chance to design some bizarre / giant plants . I rather enjoy this type of thing . The early version of Grug was designed and modeled by the great Mr T of course and I asked nicely if I could use him for scale …… I did many of these , some of them really weird and odd at different stages of design . These two plants were some of the first I did and much to my suprise the very first one I did made it into the movie ( lower ) .
Zbrush for both of them .
Cheers all .
An early concept regarding a stand off between Grug and the bear owl
. The bear owl was designed by Mr T. Noguchi ( master chief of the character and creature world ) . With the model in early production phase , I took the mesh and posed it quickly in zbrush for scale and dimension . I painted quite heavily into it to bring some aggressive nature to the block in ( while still trying to honor Mister T’s design ) . Other details were then added – fog , debris etc .