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Archie Greene Book 2 process

 Usually do these super fast after a long day of work, so try to get ideas out the quickest way I can and keep them super rough so I can make changes quicker and easier. My Art director at Harper Collins is a total dream to work with and usually makes it easy on me because she is so professional and such a good communicator.

This was my first pass with the cover, they wanted Archie next to the big book which seems easy enough. I was feeling like #3, 4 and 5 were working and leaning towards #3. 

This was my first pass with the cover, they wanted Archie next to the big book which seems easy enough. I was feeling like #3, 4 and 5 were working and leaning towards #3. 

This image probably speaks to my process more than anything, I like to just throw down a few lines in a super small thumbnail that dictate the general composition and go from there. 

This is the rough with some notes to add the hourglass in the book pages and adjust the aspect ratio to fit their dimensions, as I didn't really do that in my first pass.

This is the rough with some notes to add the hourglass in the book pages and adjust the aspect ratio to fit their dimensions, as I didn't really do that in my first pass.

I did a quick pass of color thinking that I wanted this to be more subtle and desaturated. The feedback was to really amp up the color and saturation overall, so after some back and forth we agreed on the below image. 

I did a quick pass of color thinking that I wanted this to be more subtle and desaturated. The feedback was to really amp up the color and saturation overall, so after some back and forth we agreed on the below image. 

The new color rough.

The new color rough.

Here's the final image with more details added. I had my friend Talexi visiting from England while working on this and didn't want to take too much time away from hanging out but he helped me figure out some ways to do the warped text on the book and pages that I think added a lot to the piece.

Here's the final image with more details added. I had my friend Talexi visiting from England while working on this and didn't want to take too much time away from hanging out but he helped me figure out some ways to do the warped text on the book and pages that I think added a lot to the piece.

2nd book in the Arctic Code series. Published by Harper Collins

This book cover was a lot of fun and went super smooth. I LOVE working with Amy Ryan, Art Director at Harper Collins. She communicates clearly and is professional and encouraging. So refreshing. The above sketches were done in my sketchbook as an idea dump that I would show as options to get the ball rolling. I am only concerned with general composition at this point because it allows me to get that idea out and move on to another idea before getting too attached to one and forgetting about other options.

This book cover was a lot of fun and went super smooth. I LOVE working with Amy Ryan, Art Director at Harper Collins. She communicates clearly and is professional and encouraging. So refreshing.

The above sketches were done in my sketchbook as an idea dump that I would show as options to get the ball rolling. I am only concerned with general composition at this point because it allows me to get that idea out and move on to another idea before getting too attached to one and forgetting about other options.

Taking those roughs to the next stage, I made them a bit more presentable for this initial idea pass.  They liked the first one and after addressing some notes I moved to the next stage.

Taking those roughs to the next stage, I made them a bit more presentable for this initial idea pass.  They liked the first one and after addressing some notes I moved to the next stage.

I tried 3 color options one skewed warm, one skewed green and one kind of in between, but still pretty close to the idea of green rich color.

I tried 3 color options one skewed warm, one skewed green and one kind of in between, but still pretty close to the idea of green rich color.

This is the final cover image, I haven't seen the book yet but you can find it on amazon and Barnes and noble!

This is the final cover image, I haven't seen the book yet but you can find it on amazon and Barnes and noble!

Book in hand!

Book in hand!

Island of the Sun (Dark Gravity Sequence)
$9.65
By Matthew J. Kirby

Study of the human figure... thoughts

Here are a collection of various figure studies from the years, mostly pretty old. The study of the human form and anatomy has been a huge inspiration in my work and one of my favorite things to draw and study over the years. I started studying anatomy on my own at the age of 16, while I didn't understand much at that time it helped springboard me while taking college courses with a more intensive and precise approach. I believe that if you can wrap your head around how our anatomy works, you can apply that same puzzle solving approach to understanding how most anything works, at least convincingly enough to make it believable in your work.

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5's to 20min figure studies from 2005

5's to 20min figure studies from 2005

2-5 min studies

2-5 min studies

15 min

15 min

from 2009

from 2009

15 min from 2008

15 min from 2008

20 min from 2005

20 min from 2005

from 2008 Dreamworks figure session

from 2008 Dreamworks figure session

15 min Figure session at Dreamworks 2008

15 min Figure session at Dreamworks 2008

Figure session @ Dreamworks 2008

Figure session @ Dreamworks 2008

A painting study of the first model in the post done with primaries and white in oil.

A painting study of the first model in the post done with primaries and white in oil.

Designing La Muerte's Castle

Here is a step by step of my process for designing La Muerte's Castle for the animated film The Book of Life. 

First we had to get something quick for the Reels. I was very busy Art Directing and trying to find the time to design this. I really wanted to do this design from the beginning of production because I knew there would be a lot of opportunity for beautiful colorful design in the Land of the Remembered. I really wanted to make a strong beautiful silhouette that at first read, looks like the traditional mexican tree of life.

First we had to get something quick for the Reels. I was very busy Art Directing and trying to find the time to design this. I really wanted to do this design from the beginning of production because I knew there would be a lot of opportunity for beautiful colorful design in the Land of the Remembered. I really wanted to make a strong beautiful silhouette that at first read, looks like the traditional mexican tree of life.

This was the first rough sketch for the composition that was going to be in the film. I had to design and compose to a 2.35x1 aspect ratio so it was important that the castle was much wider than it was tall so it read as a grand final place to end up at the end of the parade

This was the first rough sketch for the composition that was going to be in the film. I had to design and compose to a 2.35x1 aspect ratio so it was important that the castle was much wider than it was tall so it read as a grand final place to end up at the end of the parade

I did this drawing based on the overall shape of the initial rough sketch. I wanted to flesh out more of the design ideas in the castle. I was playing with the idea of including Klimt's tree of life elements and elements of Antonio Gaudi and more specifically Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in spain. The concept of organized chaos was all over in the Land of the Remembered and this idea is very apparent in Gaudi's work as well.

I did this drawing based on the overall shape of the initial rough sketch. I wanted to flesh out more of the design ideas in the castle. I was playing with the idea of including Klimt's tree of life elements and elements of Antonio Gaudi and more specifically Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in spain. The concept of organized chaos was all over in the Land of the Remembered and this idea is very apparent in Gaudi's work as well.

this was to see how it was playing off the dark backdrop as that was the plan in the film. Jorge our director was very protective of this design and I really wanted to make sure he was included in every part of the process to give his feedback and make sure I was hitting the look he was expecting.

this was to see how it was playing off the dark backdrop as that was the plan in the film. Jorge our director was very protective of this design and I really wanted to make sure he was included in every part of the process to give his feedback and make sure I was hitting the look he was expecting.

Next was the color rough, I tried to get the colors looking nice first before going into all the detail, much like how you would approach a plein air landscape painting traditionally. I really had fun with this one, and spent about 45 min to an hour getting it to this stage. Once I get this where I like it, I feel a sense of relief because the rest is just cleaning it up and drawing with the colors that work.

Next was the color rough, I tried to get the colors looking nice first before going into all the detail, much like how you would approach a plein air landscape painting traditionally. I really had fun with this one, and spent about 45 min to an hour getting it to this stage. Once I get this where I like it, I feel a sense of relief because the rest is just cleaning it up and drawing with the colors that work.

This was where I left off before using it in the film. The rest of our team took this painting and detailed much more and put it in the film. This design was one of my favorites that I was able to work on.

This was where I left off before using it in the film. The rest of our team took this painting and detailed much more and put it in the film. This design was one of my favorites that I was able to work on.

Book Covers done for Harper Collins on bookshelves!

The Dark Gravity series, Arctic Code on bookshelves! 

The Dark Gravity series, Arctic Code on bookshelves! 

Arctic Code and Archie Greene book covers on the shelves! 

Arctic Code and Archie Greene book covers on the shelves! 

Archie Greene and the Magicians Secret Book cover art by Paul Sullivan. Published by Harper Collins

Archie Greene and the Magicians Secret Book cover art by Paul Sullivan. Published by Harper Collins

Arctic Code Cover art by Paul Sullivan published by Harper Collins

Arctic Code Cover art by Paul Sullivan published by Harper Collins

Arctic Code cover roughs by Paul Sullivan

Arctic Code cover roughs by Paul Sullivan

The Book of Life artwork!

These two paintings were done for the upcoming animated film The Book of Life releasing in theaters October 17 2014! I have personally had an amazing journey working on this film for the past five years with genius director Jorge Gutierrez and his awesomely talented wife and character designer Sandra Equihua! I have been Art Directing and Producion Dsigning along with Simon Varela. We were lucky to have an incredible team of talent to work with and help us develop the artwork for the film. I will add all of them in the links section under book of life artists once I gather all of their links. There will also be an art of book releasing just before the film  so keep an eye out for that, it will feature all of the awesome art from the team!

I will also probably be releasing the images in higher resolution later so you can see the characters better. But this is all that has been released so far, so keep checkin back as things pick up with the marketing of this film!

Enjoy!



Some links where they are talking about it:

Hollywood Reporter
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/first-look-book-life-concept-683635

Animation Magazine
https://www.animationmagazine.net/events/art-show-offers-exclusive-preview-of-book-of-life/

Cinema Blend

Rotoscopers

Animation Scoop

Slash Film

Free Birds Art


 







Some Design work that I did for the film Free Birds(imdb page link). Here is the site link: http://www.freebirdsmovie.com/ This was fun stuff. I did a lot of work on the Time Pod; figuring out the launch sequence and what it looks like as well as the interior and exterior of the pod.
Also did some lighting keys, here is a sample of some stuff I did.

Franken-animal

This was the piece nominated for an award in Spectrum 20. The competition was stiff and we didn't win this time, I was just happy to be included in the book and to be showcased and considered amongst the final five people in my category by the distinguished panel of judges and professionals. My work isn't usually geared towards the Spectrum genre so I am happy when I have the chance to do something that can somewhat fit into the fantasy genre. I love the fact that there is a community that showcases artists as they do and  respects the arts in this way. I wish there were more out there like this and geared towards other genres of art, it is definitely nice to see and great motivation for all who participate.

The nomination gives me hope and motivation to keep going. Congrats to all who were nominated and all the award winners! It was a great trip and much needed vacation! A day at the spa was just what the doctor ordered!


Dolls and Robots







This is a sneak peek character design that was developed by me and sculpted by the lovely and talented Brooke Howell. The design was developed to a point and I art directed it the rest of the way in clay. Brooke was awesome to work with and I can't wait to do more with her. Here is what we came up with, It's for a personal project. All images and designs copyright Paul Sullivan

1,000 likes on facebook!


Wow! I can't believe the amount of awesome support people, thank you very much for keeping up with my art! I've finally reached 1,000 likes on my Facebook art page! https://www.facebook.com/paulsconcepts
If you haven't already "liked" it yet and want to see what I've been up to please do so, the more the merrier;)

Here are some more samples of the art is did for Sly Cooper. Starting from the top, a painted character lineup from Feudal Japan, and some crop ins of that. Then I thought it would be good to show the rough sketch idea I had before executing the designs. Then the Le Paradox design and some sketches to show the evolution of that one. Murray notes on his design. Some environmental stuff from the Arabia location breaking the style for that area down from simple shape ideas and colors to wide shot and medium shots of how that language applies on different levels. After, the rough lineup of all the bosses together, I wanted to loosely make them an homage to kill bill and the deadly viper assassination squad. Hope you like them! It's a lot of stuff but I was encouraged to show more because of the support everyone has been kind enough to throw my way. I appreciate it guys and gals, you're the best!

More Great Britain!



 I had the most fun on this location. For this post I wanted to include the process of creating and developing the final look for the location. It's fun to see the evolution, starting from just a rough little sketch idea to being more fleshed out. I just played through the final level and I have to say Mr Brian Keffer the 3d environment artist out did himself. I was super impressed. It really turned out nice! Hope you enjoy this one!