Thursday, May 26, 2011
The art department on Kung Fu Panda has been done for a few months and I miss it dearly. I was given great opportunities by art director Tang Heng and production designer Ramone Zibach to tackle many of the large design projects in the movie - the interiors of peacock's fortress, the fireworks factory, etc - as well as work on parts of the movie making process that I little experience in. My favorite memory was pitching ideas for the final battle. I had ideas for a harbor/water showdown inspired heavily by stylized action sequence in naruto and the movie hero. Tang always wanted things to be as pushed as possible and I dreamed up what I called the most expensive(and probably impossible) sequence ever. Surprisingly they went for a lot of my ideas and I'm glad to see them as part of the movie.
KFP2 opens today. Go see it. I'd love to be able to work on the next one. More KFP art coming next week.
Posted by Mike Yamada at 1:34 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Posting early since I'm going to be away from the computer for the rest of the week. This time just a quick sketchbook drawing hit with some color in photoshop. I've always been fascinated with drawing rickety old structures with weird tech.
I found out this morning that the artbook for Kung Fu Panda 2 has been available for a week or so. I had a chance to look through it today and saw that I got the first page inside the book. I have a big post of work I did for the movie next week, but here's that first image. Pick up the book at amazon and see KFP2 when it opens on the 26th
Posted by Mike Yamada at 1:19 PM
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Sketches from my trip to San Francisco(and a few from this week) to see a friend leaving the country and to take some engagement photos. I didn't realize how hard it was to sketches in a moving vehicle, especially with a brush pen. I have half a dozen sketches I started but couldn't complete. I don't know how everyone gets those amazing bus and train drawings.
Posted by Mike Yamada at 4:52 PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I'm actually posting during the week for once. I've been experimenting with colored pencils and other mediums in my sketchbook. It's a lot of fun working traditionally with tools that I haven't used since high school art class. Unfortunately I only had a few colors and would have liked more.
Posted by Mike Yamada at 5:37 PM