Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I first found Lou Romano while I was browsing through concept art for Disney movies. He worked on set concepts for the movie Up. Up is one of my favorite movies, so I was automatically attracted to his work. I think the style is wonderful, it looks very retro and whimsical, which is perfect for the movie. The layouts, colors, and tones are all perfect for the story. I love how he illustrates the settings for the movie, because they almost look like children's book illustrations. As I was reading about his process on his blog, Lou starts by selecting his color palette for each scene first, and then composing a very playful scene using those colors. I thought this was interesting because color is usually the last think I think of before creating something. I think the colors he chooses work very well with the retro-illustration style, it creates the perfect mood for this movie. And I aslo think this style translates into animation very well.