Daniel López Muñoz is a Spanish born concept and visual development artist for the film industry now living in California. He worked for some time for Blue Sky Studios and now works for Pixar. His credits include Ice Age: The Meltdown and Robots, as well as a series of 3-2-1 Penguins titles.
Muñoz has been blogging since July of 2006, but his schedule has evidently kept him from posting often. The blog’s contents, while not extensive, do hold enough treats to make it worthwhile; including concept art from various professional projects, as well as some personal pieces.
The blog includes a number of concept designs from the movie Robots, which show that the best thing about that movie was, in fact, the concept art. These make me marvel, as I often do, at the way studios so often take terrific work on the part of their teams and squander it on tired clichés instead of good stories, evidently afraid to do something that doesn’t follow an existing formula.
Of particular interest on Muñoz’ blog are his wonderfully expressive drawings for his contributions to the Out of Picture anthologies (image above). These are collections, originally published in France, of comics stories by artists associated at one time or another with Blue Sky Studios. Out of Picture Volume 1: Art from the Outside Looking In was published in the U.S. last year. Out of Picture Volume 2 is due out this June.
The list of participating artists includes a number of artists I’ve featured previously on lines and colors: Daisuke Tsutsumi, Jake Parker, Sang Jun Lee and Peter de Séve. For the complete list and more information, see the Out of Picture blog, which includes a few tastes of work from Out of Picture 2.