I have long wanted to make a 3D virtual “fly through” of the haunted house ride so people could see what has been in my head all these year. Well – it’s time to make that happen… or at least go down that path.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a very talented artist at the Valley Forge Convention Center. He told me he could do exactly what I wanted. It took us a while to schedule something, but on 7/25 we finally had our first real meeting.
What happened at that meeting can only be described as magical. I seldom “click” with people artistically – because I have my own vision of what I want. But not only did we click, but he took the meeting and brought the project some direction I desperately needed.
Rather than just taking my money and giving me what I want – he explained there was a better “path” to get better results. This path is concept art.
Concept art is something I have always been aware of and a fan of for years. I was aware the Disney always started with the artists drawing what the projects should look like – then the imagineers would build from the artwork… kinda like a creative blueprint.
Here’s some concept work for the Country Bear Jamboree:
As you can see the two look exactly like each other… and what finally “clicked” with me was that it is going to me MUCH easier to re-draw a piece of artwork than to rebuild an animatronic robot that I built incorrectly. (This is all happening at the same time I am now re sculpting a mask because I didn’t plan properly last year… and wasted a month sculpting an unusable mask!)
Of corse this is not free – and to be honest, it’s the most money I’ve put into this project in years – but it’s going to be well worth it. I am excited to share the artwork with everyone…..