Friday, October 06, 2006
Cats and Mice... 'Pulp Style"
I've had the pleasure of working with Jeff Shelly on the Mickey Team for the last 2 years. Jeff is the teams' Director of Character Art, and as creative leader he's responsible for concepts and finished art. With finished art Jeff would give me very clear rough pencils, and I would do the clean-ups. Jeff would review my finals and if there were any revisions needed he would bounce them back to me with overlays, and I would revise the art.
Concept art is another story. In this case Jeff came up with the idea of putting Mickey & Co. in situations based on cover art from Pulp Magazines of the '30s. After looking at some reference together, I set out to pencil a few concepts for presentation to the rest of the team. At this stage there isn't as much worry about being "on model" or expert draughtsmanship. Loose pencils and indications are enough to get the point across. That's why Mickey's legs look a little "wonky", I was running out of room and the lettering at the bottom was already done.
When it comes to drawing Mickey Jeff Shelly is one of the best. You can be sure that if this concept is approved he'll be doing the final art.
In a future post I'll show you a project we worked on for our Electronics Divisions' package art, from rough to final.