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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Puss In Boots

Finally...some stuff I can show!
Way back in 2008, I worked for a few months helping to develop Puss In Boots. Here's a couple character concept paintings I did.

Credit for the design of this character, goes to a lot of people. This early version was designed by Patrick Mate, Sylvain Deboissy, Takao Noguchi, and myself. At that point, we were going for a much more dynamic look for her. Stark black and white; clean lines; smooth, shiny fur...the cat version of Emma Peel. It was important that she had a very different look from that of Puss. We didn't want her to look like we cheaped out and just used the model for Puss with a different color scheme.

Funny note about this painting: It was leaked a year and a half ago by someone at DreamWorks (not sure if it was leaked or "released") as a sneak peak at Puss's new counterpart, and it ended up all over the net. Ha, ha!

Humpty was designed by Character Designer, Patrick Mate. I did this painting over an early model done by Modeling Supervisor, Tony Williams.

Sometimes, I'll bring these kinds of paintings to an extremely high level of finish and detail. This was done as a design for the finished look of the textures for this character, and I didn't want there to be ANY questions as to what it should look like. Yes, there's some photo collage.


luca bonatti said...

really nice, hope you'll bring more of this. I really miss the LOTR or Surf's up days with those huge sets of color keys, concepts and character mockups.

I see you are moving to Laika, really good place to work but have you ever considered going back to NZ to work on the Hobbit? You were one of the best artists (and they were a lot) on the LOTR team, your paintings were hugely inspiring!
Good luck anyway, it's always a pleasure to look at your works. :)

Luca Bonatti said...

Really nice work, hope you'll bring more of this. I miss a little bit the huge sets o concepts, mockups and color studies for lord of the rings or surf's up.

I see you are moving to Laika, sounds like a really good choice, never loved dreamworks animation that much (the CG one, not the traditional one of course :) ). I wonder if you have ever considered going back to new zealand for The Hobbit, you were one of the best artists there 10 years ago... you gave such a big contribution to those movies!
I sound really nostalgic but don't pay attention, your work is always great and it's a pleasure to look at it.

Logan Pearsall said...

I'm always trying to gauge my own visual development timelines.... how long do they usually give you to complete a painting like this?

amazing stuff!

Paul Lasaine said...

Thank Logan,

These were pretty detailed paintings...they took a week plus.

Michael Damboldt said...

Wonderful work Paul! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

Awesome work, I've just received the artbook, it is very inspiring.

Francisco said...


jason hazelroth said...

Your skill as a designer and painter is mindblowing. you managed to make a cartoon cat feel entirely real. Amazing work

jason hazelroth said...

Your skill as a designer and painter is mindblowing. you managed to make a cartoon cat feel entirely real. Amazing work

Unknown said...

I love Humpty. You made him look so good.

Dapoon said...

Absolutely breathtaking!

Andrey Egorov said...


Unknown said...

beautiful as always

Alice G said...

HOLY SHIEET this is madness!

Unknown said...

Love it. I wish i could be great at drawing illustrations as well. Guess i just have to work harder lol . Keep up the good work~ cheers from Korea