Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pre-Production Painting:
"Eternia"

This painting was part of a batch of pre-production art for the film sold on eBay recently. A giant landscape of Eternia is the setting for this concept piece. The conceptual art featured here shows the vast scope that the film employed before budgetary constraints forced a more focused view for Eternia, primarily limited to Castle Grayskull itself. One of the more interesting aspects of this beautiful piece is the situation of Grayskull atop a large mountain... which may have been due to the deleted scenes dealing with the "catacombs beneath Grayskull". Though listed as conceptual art, this might have also been done as a possible cover piece for some sort of publication. If you look at the art, it seems as if Grayskull and the MOTU logo are meant as a front cover, with the landscape folded around onto the back. There's also the large space above the cityscape, which was possibly left open for text. Very cool stuff!

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Landmark credits the art to a "D. Magnon", though this may be an error. I can't find any listing for a Magnon in the credits, and the signature on the piece looks more like "D. Negron"-

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The credits do list a David Negron as a storyboard artist for the film. It is possible that this piece was painted by him.

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