Above and below: Variations on a theme... early guitar exploration.
At long last "The Book of Life" is out on the big screen and I am now able to share some of the concept art for the movie.
My main focus on the film was exploring what was called "The Land of the Dead." Marketing thought the word "dead" was a real downer... so the land was later renamed "The Land of the Remembered."
Director Jorge Gutierrez described the world to me as one of"...whimsy... full or round fun shapes... a land that is essentially one long continuous party." Here is a few takes on a guitar... some of my first designs on the movie. As far as I know none of these designs were used as seen here... but led to other ideas. And helped the art team better visualize what the Land of the Dead would become.