Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Pencil drawings. 1996. Copyright Dreamworks.


craig said...

Really dig the graphic feel to these. Were the last few posts from Shrek?

Luc Desmarchelier said...

Hi Craig,
Yes, indeed, starting with the 'Swamp' entry, all the posts have been selected from Visual Development work I did on 'Shrek'.

joonasjoonas said...

wow... nice atmospehere. rough paper makes these even better.

stathis said...


You have done some great work!!!!!!!

I am from Athens, Greece.
Parallel to my product design (check out our, my interests also lie in drawing and painting and at the same time, since college, I have an extremely soft spot for imaginative worlds, alternate reallities, stories e.t.c.

However, since there is no entertainment industry here in Greece, that I can
work for, I do not know how to proceed.
I have had thoughts of developing stories, illustrating them and then
getting my art in galleries. Another thought was to publish my illustrated
stories (not in comic book form) in books, layed out and designed by myself.

I have seen your work as well as Christian Schellewald's and Luc
Desmarchelier's work as well as the work in the book 'In the future...'
which shows Art Center entertainment design work, and I can honestly say
that that kind of 'visual development' art is what interests me the most.

Any thoughts?

Again, thank you for all your time.

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Mark McDonnell said...

Awesome man. love the feel of these, marker and graphite? Wonderful sense of blown out lighting.


Luc Desmarchelier said...

Hi Stathis,
Thanks for your praises. I don't know if I can be of much help, but I'll say this: illustrated story books are perhaps the best medium available to us.
There are animation studios working on feature productions in Europe (France, Spain, Germany, England, even Luxembourg) along with a multitude of smaller outfits working on shorts, t.v. serials or commercials in most countries.
I know nothing about art galleries.
As for the book you mention, I have never heard of it and would be much interested in further details.

Luc Desmarchelier said...

Cher Jac,
He oui, c'est tout pour les yeux et rien pour les oreilles a 'Ushuaia'. Desole. En fait, je ne suis pas tres adepte a la manipulation des fichiers mp3, et puis je prefere laisser au visiteurs le choix de leur accompagnement musical.
Merci pour la nouvelle adresse, je me demandais bien pouquoi ton site semblait etre entre en hibernation.
Encore mieux il semble que je sois en mesure de laisser des commentaires sur le nouveau site.
En tout cas, tu n'as pas l'air de t'ennuyer...Groove on.
Caresses et bises a l'oeil a tous nos ami(e)s, famille et relations.

Luc Desmarchelier said...

This is pencil and color copier.

A. Riabovitchev said...

Love the idea of round shapes and stairs!You have many beautiful artworks here!:o)

Luc Desmarchelier said...

Thank you Andrei.

stathis said...

Luc, Your info is much appreciated.

The book is called 'In the future...' and is published by Design Studio Press. U can find it at

keep up the divine work!

Luc Desmarchelier said...

Thanks, Stathis.

Stathis said...

Hi again Luc

One more question and I'll get out of your hair...

I am a fairly good sketcher and I work only with markers, colour pencils, acrylic and watercolours.
Do you think I should start learning how to do my art and visualization digitally?
Is that what is more important for production companies now?
If yes, how would I go about starting to learn?

Thanx again for all your help


Luc Desmarchelier said...

Well Stathis, there has been a steady move toward the use of computer to generate art work at all stages of production in the last ten years. However, some of the traditionally trained artists I know (including myself) still produce their first drafts on paper (sketches, layouts etc..) and only start the digital work when it comes to color. The bottom line is: good art is good regardless of the medium. The digital medium for all its advantages, also requires a substantial investment of time as well as money.
If you are interested in experimenting, the most flexible program and the most widely used in the industry is 'Adobe Photoshop'.' Adobe Illustrator' and 'Corel Painter' are also very popular. You may need to apply to some classes or at least find somebody to show you a few tips to get started.