The Art of “Despicable Me 2″

For all of its success at the box office, Despicable Me 2 lacks something that nearly every other major animated film has: an ‘art of/making of’ book. Those of us who want to get a better look at the film’s development and concept art have to scour the Internet for whatever bits and pieces we can find. To help make that job easier, I’ve pulled together some sites and videos that feature artwork from the film. If you have others, please share them and we’ll compile our own online ‘art of’ book.

The video above, filmed at an exhibition of the film’s artwork at Galerie Arludik in Paris, features comments from art director Eric Guillon, production designer Yarrow Cheney, and character development artist Michael Defeo.

Guillon, who is credited as the designer of the Minions, recently started posting some of his super-appealing development art on his personal blog. He should be doing illustrated book tie-ins for the films.

Storyboard artist Steve Moore is interviewed about his contributions to the film at the Flip animation blog. (Moore is also the director of the cult Disney short Redux Riding Hood.)

Character designer Maël Gourmelen has dedicated a post on his blog to posting his character concepts for the film.


  • Nikolas

    Thanks for this post. I was wondering there the “Art of” book was for the Despicable Me films. Amid should work up a book proposal.

  • Jon

    The interesting thing about those “The Art of” books is that so many of them get published, yet they tend to sell poorly. Believe it or not, publishing costs for these things is usually underwritten by the studio producing the film and is generally written off as part of advertising and promotion. The bulk of these books end up returned to the publishers and remaindered. They’re the kinds of things people browse through in Barnes & Noble and then put back on the shelf.

    • Lil_Nemesis

      They’re very expensive. That may seem like a cop out, but the reality is that audiences can find all of that online for free just as easily as they could spend 40$ on a huge hardcover.