This movie holds a special place in my heart not only because it’s one of my favorite Disney movies but as a kid I use to force my younger cousin to perform the songs from the latest Disney movie in full out performances during family gatherings. I’d recreate each of the characters in life-size scale by drawing them on butcher paper and coloring them in. I was a little over the top as a kid.
For Lumiere I decided to begin playing more with layering the character's elements on the computer to create the final design. So I first sketched out my design in balloon form and then inflated and photographed each piece separately. Then painstakingly placed each section and added shadows to bring him to life.
I love this new technique in designing my characters because it gives me the flexibility of creating whatever I want and not being held to the limitations of the sizes of balloons and colors made available by the balloon manufacturers.
Hope you enjoy!