Sunday, July 6, 2008

Guillermo del Toro's Sketchbooks

Guillermo del Toro (left), director of Pan's Labyrinth, the Hellboy movies, and the upcoming Hobbit movies, keeps sketch/journals where he draws character and location ideas and makes notes to help visualize his movies. While other artists refine his designs and add new ones, as Mike Mignolo did for Hellboy, Del Toro is an amazingly prolific and talented sketch artist.

Directors are visual people and film is a visual medium so many film makers are accustomed to making sketches to communicate ideas. Even George Lucas, while not a designer per se, used to do sketches to indicate how he envisioned a scene to be shot. Then professional character designers and storyboard artists do more detailed designs.

I have always been amazed, despite the obvious visual nature of film, that English teachers teach more about film making than art teachers. I suspect this is the pervasive "... it isn't Art" attitude art teachers have had that keeps us from embracing so much of the visual world.

Click on the heading above to see one of Del Toro's official sketchbook sites.

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