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Thursday, January 5, 2006

Dodecaden (Man Arenas)

Posted by Charley Parker at 7:17 am

Man Arenas
Man Arenas is a production designer and concept artist, primarily for animated films. His production designs, storyboards, location drawings and character designs are sometimes simple, sometimes complex but always beautifully realized, He works in a loose, confident drawing style that is full of life and just plain fun to look at.

Many of the images on the Dodecaden site have a magnifying glass icon (usually at the upper right) that opens a wonderful hi-resolution version in a pop-up. Some of the images also have a word balloon icon that shows a comment about the image when you mouse over it.

Unfortunately, there’s very little information on the site about Arenas himself or his techniques. It looks like he starts many of the monochromatic images with an ocher line drawing, switches to black crayon or chalk for the final linework and finishes out with washes of what I’m guessing to be gouache, highlighted with white chalk.

There are terrific images throughout the site. Under the “Productions” link, they are arranged by type of project (Movies, Production, etc…) and under the “Artwork” link many of the same images are arranged by type of drawing (Storyboard, Character Design, Layout, etc…). My favorites are the beautiful tone drawings for an animated film called Laura’s Star (from Warner UK; here’s the movie site).

Addendum: reader fourmi (who has a very nice blog herself) wrote to let me know that Man Arenas also has a terrific blog called Yacin the Faun (some amazing stuff here), and Man wrote to mention that the Dodecaden site has several language versions: English, French and Spanish (links at the bottom of the pages), a great feature.

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  1. Comment by fourmi
    Thursday, January 5, 2006 @ 12:10 pm

    And if you really want to be boggled, visit his blog!
    http://yacinfields.blogspot.com/
    A-Mazing

  2. Comment by Man Arenas
    Thursday, January 5, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

    WAOOW!
    :+))))
    thanx Charley, great writting.
    I’m honored… don’t know what to say really after so many compliments…
    beautifull and interesting weblog you ‘ve here.
    I promise, with the time to add more comments and explanation in my pages… by the way, you can also choose your favorite language to visit Dodecaden ( click phylacterias at the bottom left of the main page)
    thankx again
    :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, January 5, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    Thanks, fourmi. It is indeed amazing. More beautiful stuff. I’ve added a reference to the original post. I also visited your blog briefly, and I’ll be back for a better look. Very nice.

  4. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, January 5, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

    Thans, Man. I’m glad you like the post and the blog. I’ve added a mention of the translations to the original post. That’s a great feature. I would love to do that for lines and colors but my language skills are not up to it, and the Google translation feature, as impressive as it is, seems to have problems with long pages of content. I’m looking forward to spending some time on Yacin the Faun now that I know about it.

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