Feature Film

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.

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