Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Drawings From Imagineers: Marcelo Vignali

This time we'll have to call it "Drawings from Former Imagineers." Marcelo did this drawing in my book when he had just left Imagineering for Feature Animation to do visual development on Mulan... but I first met Marcelo at the WDI figure drawing workshop. His figure drawings never fail to amaze me.

He is an extremely gifted artist and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet! I was a lowly Junior in High School at the time, and a rather... shall we say "under-developed talent" in comparison, yet Marcelo was always so kind as to go over my drawings and give me pointers.

I'm sure a lot of Disney fans will recognize Marcelo's designs for ToonTown and Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin, which are in most of the Imagineering related books. Marcelo also had a hand in such projects as: Blizzard Beach, Tokyo Disney's Winnie the Pooh ride, and the never realized "Disney's America" historical park. He also has a long list of credits with Disney Animation on films like Mulan, Lilo & Stich, Atlantis, and Brother Bear. Marcelo is currently an Art Director at Sony Pictures Animation. Check out his blog for more amazing images here. Thanks Marcelo!

1 comment:

Marcelo Vignali said...

Drew, yes, I do remember this drawing, but I had forgotten where I had drawn it. When I saw it, it all came back. I'm glad you've appreciated the drawing.

I've done quite a few drawings for friends, and given away a lot of my drawings and have wondered at times, "What ever happens to these drawings? Where do they go, where do they end up? It's nice to get an answer on this one.

You are very kind Drew. Thanks for the post.