Looking at these designs, you can see that the finished article can vary quite dramatically from the original concept – take look at Yoda’s original form! Sometimes a character or scene will develop as the production progresses; a character’s appearance will alter the tone of the entire movie depending on its colours, style and overall look. Practicality and relevance to the rest of the story can also have a big effect on the final outcome. Can you imagine what the film Shrek would’ve been like if he’d ended up looking like his concept design?
Some great examples of concept art for film include books like The Art of "The Matrix" (including the amazingly detailed black and white graphic novel style work of Geof Darrow), The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook: Portfolio , The Illustrated "Star Wars" Universe , as well as books for pretty much every Pixar and Dreamworks film ever made. They make great coffee table pieces, but are also useful resources if you’re an artist in need of some inspiration.
My personal favourite of this bunch is the adorable little Buzz Lightyear.
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