Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Matthias Lechner

Matthias Lechner
Matthias Lechner is a German born art director, production designer and visual development artist living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

He is currently Art Director for a 3-D feature from Vangard animation called Space Chimps, but what I found most fascinating in his online galleries are the production and design drawings for a range of European (I think mostly German and Belgian) films that have unfortunately not made their way “across the pond”.

These mey be more familiar to European readers than they are to me, and include titles like Little Dodo (above, top), The Little Polarbear 2, Laura’s Star, Derrick (above, bottom), Globi and the Stolen Shadows, Troll-Story and Help, I’m as Fish, as well as several television productions.

Lechner’s monochromatic drawings for these are nothing short of wonderful. Mostly environments and backgrounds, they are simultaneously lush with detail and beautifully free, sharing the characteristics of a finished tone painting and a sketch.

His control of value and texture give these wash drawings an ability to evoke a place, atmosphere and time of day that could hardly be improved on by the addition of color. Lechner wields his monochromatic “palette” with uncanny aplomb. You will find a bit of color work for one of his productions; but as nicely handled as those pieces are, I don’t miss the color when looking through the rest of his portfolio.

What strikes me most is his ability to completely master the particular environment he is constructing; whether thick jungle foliage, craggy seacoast rocks, undersea pools lit by shafts of sunlight or the rich architectural details of European cities.

[Link via Man Arenas (see my previous post on Dodecaden/Man Arenas)]

6 thoughts on “Matthias Lechner

  1. Matthias Lechner

    Thanks so much for these kind words.
    Sorry that you can’t save the pics easily. I’m using a “foliolink” flash-webpage, not because I’m paranoid (The only paranoia would be about one of my employers asking me to take down the pictures) but simply because I was cheap about it…
    If you would like, I’d be happy to send you a couple (in a higher resolution) by e-mail.
    Thanks again
    Matthias

  2. Charley Parker Post author

    Since I obviously have Matthias OK, I’ll point out that this limitation can be overcome with a third party screen capture utility (which is why most right-click disabling, JavaScript, clear GIFs and other “image protection” schemes are essentially pointless).

  3. Zaza Luna

    Hi there,
    I LOVE this art by Matthias…its really inspirational. I agree with yor comments that the monochromatic palette is not limiting , but in fact done really well. I love the Dodo series as well as the stylistic Derrik. Why are these movies not in North America? Oh well…one day.
    I think Matthias is a true talent…thanks for finding it.
    Z

  4. John

    Matthias – you’re absurdly talented!
    Stunning work!!! Truly.
    You have an inspired grasp of architecture and perspective – but also a tremendous eye for atmosphere and mood.

    I spent a good 1/2 hour on your website, marvelling at the beauty.

    Keep up the great work!
    -john

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