How about a blast from the past?
Frozen just came out, and ”The Art of Frozen” book is also available for purchase, but since I haven’t seen what is included of my work in the book yet, I’ll post a few things I gathered from the work I’ve done on the movie.
The work I did consisted mostly of character designing- mainly Kristoff and Anna, and some Elsa. I started work on Frozen I think from all the way back in 2009.
Minus this very first image of Kristoff and Anna, these images will probably be from the earliest versions. The visual development from later and most recent versions will probably be in part 2 and part 3.
These drawings are the very first designs I did for Anna and Kristoff.
As many of you may know, animated films go through various changes, which includes characters and their personalities. In this early version, Anna and Kristoff’s characters were different from who they are in the final film.
The main cultural reference we focused on back then was a group of reindeer-herding indigenous group of Scandinavians called the Sami People. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_people)
So I started from there with these designs, trying to be as faithful as I can to their unique and beautiful costumes.
Some variations of Kristoff:
Probably the most different thing about the earliest version was the Snow Queen her self.
Here are some designs of her based off the earliest iterations:
It’s always a little uneasy seeing your old work, and even more so to share it with everyone. I drew differently, and thought of drawing differently. But seeing these drawings from 4 years ago, and how much movement has happened since then, gives me anticipation for my growth as an artist in the future. Hopefully I’ll be at a much better, different place 4 years from now too.
Also, congratulations to the whole Frozen crew for creating such a hit. Now just comes the good part.:)
If you would like to see more of the artistry gone into Frozen by many people, check out “The Art of Frozen”: http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Frozen-Charles-Solomon/dp/1452117160
All the images from Frozen is the property of the Walt Disney company.
Part 2 and Part 3 coming soon..
Treasure Planet concept art.
As a life-long animation fan, I fear that the Disney studio is currently stuck in some kind of creative lull. With each new feature I find myself less and less engaged, and have come to the conclusion that it’s all the fault of the homogenizing effect of CGI. While films like Brave and Wreck It Ralph are certainly technical feats (nor without any visual merit) to my old-fashioned 2D sensibilities they are lacking a sense of individualism in their design that made Disney’s early output so beautiful and ultimately timeless.
Which is why, when I first saw the impressive concept art contained within The Art of Frozen, I was encouraged to see the return to some of that magic. A return to traditional storytelling routes with a fairy tale based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, and a design ethos that (to me anyway) clearly references the incredible work of Eyvind Earle in Sleeping Beauty. It’s colour theory, folk art references, bold geometric landscapes and fantastic character designs from Bill Schwab all give promise of a particularly good-looking film to come. Michael Giaimo and Brittney Lee also feature with stand out with work that shares my taste for classic Disney. But as the shots from the finished film reveal, much of the charm is lost in their computer equivalent, leaving characters and ultimately a film without a visual language of its own.
I have faith that Disney will return to more experimental visuals once the current trend changes (you can see something brewing in the great Paperman short) and viewing the brilliant work in The Art of Frozen only encourages me further. For what ever might be lost in the film i’m glad this book exists to allow a chance for this otherwise unseen work to shine.
The Princess and the Frog- Concept Art
Frozen sketches at D23 by Jin Kim
from Cassiesoli on Instagram.