He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Craig Elliott

Posted by Charley Parker at 8:22 am

Craig Elliott

(Image above © Disney)

Craig Elliott is an illustrator, visual development artist and layout artist who works in the film industry. He has worked on numerous films for Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks and other studios. His credits include titles like Bee Movie, Shark Tale, Flushed Away, Mulan, The Emporor’s New Groove and Treasure Planet. He has also done work for the new Disney Feature Film Enchanted (image above).

In his online portfolio you’ll find a a variety of images of location design, creature and character design, color keys, 3-D models and sets, as well as fantasy illustration.

A number of the most interesting and imaginative images are from Disney’s animated feature Treasure Planet, for which Elliott’s contributions were extensive. He is featured prominently in Treasure Planet: A Voyage of Discovery (more info here), a collection of art done for the movie that also includes artists like Peter Clarke, Peter De Seve, Ian Gooding and Christophe Vacher.

Some of my favorite pieces in Elliott’s portfolio are black and white location design images for Treasure Planet that have a wonderfully imaginative, otherworldly quality, rendered with grainy textures and atmospheric tones. Objects that might be plants, rock formations, or both, extend into the sky over oddly surfaced plains, or form gigantic rippled walls against which tiny figures are silhouetted. Wonderful stuff.

Note: The site contains some NSFW material.

7 comments for Craig Elliott »

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  1. Comment by Jo
    Thursday, November 15, 2007 @ 10:37 pm

    That really was interesting! I thought the picture looked familiar!
    – Jo

  2. Comment by Dominus
    Monday, November 19, 2007 @ 5:57 pm

    amazing artworks

  3. Comment by Vic Vicini
    Friday, November 30, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

    Beautifully done!

  4. Comment by chrystian
    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

    no wonder it looked so familiar! wow, thanks for this piece of art. IT IS WONDERFUL! You are the Best!!!

  5. Comment by Craig Elliott
    Friday, July 3, 2009 @ 3:11 am

    Thanks for the shout out! I love your site, and especially how you include older artists and illustrators . Many folks ignore these people and they often have the most to teach us.

    Craig Elliott Gallery

  6. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, July 3, 2009 @ 8:38 am

    Thanks, Craig.

    For the benefit of other readers, I’ll point out the Craig Elliott’s site has been redesigned, features a new gallery arrangement and now includes a blog.

  7. Comment by canvas art
    Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 4:25 am

    stunning beautiful work, I love it!!

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