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Up Color Keys

The infamous Lou Romano has been posting much inspirational art from Up on his blog. I don’t know if this is material featured in Chronicle’s Art of UP book, but no matter – here it is posted much larger, for closer study. Yesterday Lou posted his color script for the film. It’s absolutely gorgeous stuff.

  • that’s creepy…i was just now painting at my desk, thinking about lou’s work, and thought i’d come take a peek at the ol’ brew…

    the best part about those color keys is how unglorified they are. just simple characters, little to no detail, but all to capture first impressions. thanks for linking to this and thank you lou for all your sharing!

  • greg m.

    Wow wow wow!!! Each one frameable!!!

  • I wonder if I’m looking to deeply into this, but it seems as if Carl’s one balloon attached to him is void of all color and vibrancy.
    Just makes me want to watch the movie again to see if there’s a reoccurring color theme with white and Carl’s emptiness within.
    What a simple yet emotional piece.
    siiigh..poor sweet Carl.

  • Paul N

    Wow… just… wow…

  • Tim Hodge

    It was pointed out to me that the color magenta represented Ellie and her spirit of adventure. She wore magenta in every scene, and when she wasn’t there the color was recurring, like in Kevin’s plumage.

  • Aerial Flyer

    Wow! Enough of the movie “Up” already… it’s a nice film, we get it!

    Does the animation world revolve around Pixar studios?? They’re smart, they hire great talent and people enjoy their films. But please, there’s more news in the “world” of animation than just Pixar.

    Does CB just focus on US-west-coast animation news or… cause i’d rather read industry news at Animation World Network if that’s the case.


  • Joe

    Nice, but I have to say that I find his drawings of Russell to be a bit offensive though, I don’t think it was necessary to draw him with such stereotypical squinty eyes and buck teeth…

  • Yes, the animation world DOES revolve around Pixar Animation Studios — and well it should.

  • In that case Joe, I’m also offended that Russell is chubby and is in a scout uniform. And Carl has a big nose. That’s offensive to old people. Dobermans? Way to be stereotypical about aggressive dog breeds, Lou. Offended. Dogs wearing flight goggles? Animal cruelty.

    P.S. The color script images are gorgeous!

  • Jed

    Infamous? I thought he was a swell, well-liked guy…

  • Tsimone Tse Tse

    Mary Blair Lives!

  • Chelsea

    I just have to add that the art of UP book is fantastic!
    Pixar deserves the attention its getting- this movie with all the work and consideration that was put into every square inch of it is justice enough.

  • walty

    well aerial flyer, if you’re as geeky as you sound you’ll probably love Chomet’s new film coming out called the Illusionist. It’s a beautiful film to look at.

    But unfortunately the rest of us will end up comparing it to a Pixar story when it comes out, and you’ll hate cartoon brew again.

  • I’m not particularly offended, but I’ve gotta agree with Joe, in at least one panel Russell looks like he wandered out of a Private Snafu short. I don’t know if he’s supposed to be helping Carl across the street or stealing his top-secret military plans.


  • Mike

    These studies are simply amazing and deceivingly simple!

    Thanks for posting the link. I think it’s great that Pixar doesn’t hoard this work and keep it squirreled away in a vault. They seem genuinely excited and proud of the film and the process.

    Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

  • “Does the animation world revolve around Pixar studios?? They’re smart, they hire great talent and people enjoy their films. But please, there’s more news in the “world” of animation than just Pixar.

    Does CB just focus on US-west-coast animation news or… ”

    Look at the episodes of CBTV posted on the right sidebar. The answer is most obviously, no.

  • Pixar seems to be the only studio that really wants to encourage the growth and expansion of the medium of animation. What other studio shares so much of their production material, out of book form, where anyone and everyone can learn from it? for free?

    That Lou Romano is posting these is a service to the community, and a gift. Excellent work from excellent artists on an excellent film. Everyone can learn something!

  • Fernando

    Is it me.. or are Pixar’s Art Of books becoming less and less diverse.

    It’ll all well and good to showcase one artists way of tackling story colour theories, but where’s the variety of past art of books? Lou should really be a teacher somewhere and teach “basic” colour communication. He’s really good at that.

    Regarding Aerialfylers comment on Pixar’s studio, he’s semi-right. They are a good studio to learn from but certainly not the end all be all. Simply because they let people see their work does not constitute it’s the “standard”. If anything, they’re becoming more “industry commanders” like what Disney turned into. A merchandise machine.

    But hey, if people like their art work, so be it, nothing wrong with that. I just think there’s much more work around the globe that’s equally as fascinating, that gets much less attention. Money talks i guess eh.

  • Fernando:

    I still say they’ve been going downhill for ages. I look at the Hyperion-published Art Of books I bought during the 1990’s – Art of The Lion King, Art of Toy Story – and they are big, thick, beautiful books that go through the art and making of each film in painstaking detail, obviously released for a niche audience of animation buffs. Then I pull out the more recent Art of WALL-E, and while it’s still beautiful, it feels like more of a cashgrabber tie-in than a collector’s item. It’s just … thin. There’s not a whole lot of substance to it; hell, there’s not all that much art in it, considering how much is generally made during the making of these films.

    They’ve become more of a general audiences item, I think, and while that in itself isn’t something to condemn, I do wish they were as big and thick and inclusive as they used to be. I’m not sure when the switch to the smaller format began – all I know is that I look at The Art of Toy Story a lot more than I do the WALL-E one.

  • matt seeto

    cool this is awesome, thanks for the heads up!
    ..and super thanks to lou romano for graciously posting all this beautful work, i just checked the rest of his blog, highly reccommended.