This was a painting I did for the movie The Book of Life. Working on the film was an amazing experience. I’m looking forward to sharing a lot more art from my time on the film over the next couple weeks.
My boyfriend did some killer art for the movie, too! Go follow him for more art from BOL and other stuff!
Q:As a Mexican who lives outside his country, I have to say THANK YOU. The way you represented our culture was so beautiful and so respectful. It is not often that you can see something so close to a country's culture represented without being stereotypical and cliche. I loved the humour, the aesthetic, the story... everything was just perfect. It is a work of art. I can be proud when people relate this movie to my country, I am happy that they get to know more about us. Thank you so much again
I can’t tell you how much your comment means to me and the entire team that worked on the movie. I’m so happy you enjoyed it - it really was a labor of love not just for the characters and story, but for the glorious beauty of Mexico :)
Q:Hi. I just came back from watching the Book of Life and I came across your tumblr. I just wanted to drop you a line that the movie was great!! The detail was incredible and I really loved the use of light. We really loved the way the characters stayed wooden in design. You all should be very proud of this body of work and I really hope you get award-show recognition! Bravo! Bravo! and I look forward to your future work!!
Gosh, this just warms my heart. Thank you so so much! I’m so glad the aesthetic of the film was never compromised, and working with Jorge, Sandra, Paul, and Simon to bring their vision to life was a wonderful treat. Thank you!!
Q:The movie was spectacular! :3 I laughed, I cried! I smiled! I grinned! I had so many emotions switching between the movie-all wonderful and positive! :3 It was the most beautiful, most gorgeous and loveliest movie I've ever seen in my lifetime! :3 I totally adore it! You and everyone put a lot of heart and soul into it with the directors! You all did a magnificent job! :) Kudos!
Thank you so much for your kind words! The crew worked so hard and we are so proud of the final film. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
A lot of times in production, some of the coolest characters get cut, whether due to complexity, story changes, etc. These Aztec ladies were no exception, sadly. I really loved their design, by Sandra Equihua, and I had the pleasure of painting them and figuring out their details and such.
The painting of the lady on the left is in a small 2D scene in the beginning of the movie. Hopefully you see her next time you watch :)
I’ll be posting more production art every day this coming week, so stay tuned!
The Book of Life
It’s not every day you get to design and paint the namesake of a movie.
Working on the Book of Life was such a beautiful, surreal, exhilarating, exhausting, invigorating, and humbling experience. I’m so proud of the team and everything we’ve accomplished with this film. The movie is a true testament to Jorge’s vision, his direction, and unyielding spirit.
I’ve never felt so lucky.