Creating concept illustrations for an event is an interesting thing. Events take place at the existing venues, therefore a photo or even a 3D model of the space already exists. What's needed is an exciting painted overlay. It is almost like painting 3D white boxes into something believable, if not realistic. Actually believable is far more exciting than realistic. Here is an example of a series of illustrations for an event, with the raw photos and the painted overlay.
Made in Canada segment of the Closing Ceremony featured Canadian ephemera, souvenirs, symbols but BIG... and loud. Yes, these are all "beloved" Canadian stereotypes in Vegas/Monty Python kind of fusion. I did the design, directing (with choreography team) and a part of animation of the projected media for this segment that featured Michael Buble as star performer. Most of the animation is done by Simon Piniel, additional artwork from Cyril Meusy, Elli Bunton and Kevin McAllister.
This is an act that, although well designed, directed and choreographed, didn't get into the Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony. It is based on Gilles Vigneault's song Mon Pays. The look of the motion graphics for the piece is inspired by Quebec painters Lemeiux, Barbeau, Borduas as well as NFB animators McLaren, Larkin, Leaf, Bochner etc. Here are the storyboards for the song (design frames at the same time) that were supposed to be projected on the central Field of Play.
Work on the Olympic Opening Ceremony has been one of a kind experience. The volume of work on each member of the team has been massive, the formats are on mega scale and the level of quality of work so high... My role in the production was related to informing and visualizing, sometimes producing, content for the massive projections across the stadium. Variety of moodboards, storyboards, design references, motion references, painting styles etc... It is hard to find larger canvas to paint on. Here are just a few images from few segments in the Cultural part of the show. (more…)