Many film studios are known to send out creative and unique holiday cards in the December timeframe. Pixar’s cards often feature beautiful artwork spotlighting its next feature film. With Inside Out slated to arrive in theaters in June, this year’s card from the animation studio placed lead character Joy on the front, a great choice to celebrate the season. After the break, take a closer look at the card and see some behind-the-scenes photos demonstrating how artist Ronnie del Carmen brought it to life!
Ronnie del Carmen is a veteran at Pixar, having worked there for over 10 years. He is currently serving as co-director of Inside Out, his biggest role at the studio yet. In posts to his blog and tumblr, he shared some behind-the scenes photos providing a glimpse into the painstaking work he put in to ensure the card turned out just right.
The importance of light may be overlooked by us, but to an artist, it is crucial. Lack of adequate and appropriate lighting while working on a piece has the potential to be disastrous – if I set out to illustrate a piece in my apartment, where I have yellow light installed, the final artwork may look entirely different when seen in a gallery filled with white light. Del Carmen talks about this and more when describing the challenge of creating the holiday card. Below are a selection of photos from his posts which show the process: