Noah Klocek is an art director, production designer and concept artist for the film industry, who has worked for companies like Industrial Light & Magic, PDI/DreamWorks, and Pixar Animation Studios. His film credits include titles like Wall-e, Up and Brave.
Much of his production work embodies some of the best characteristics of children’s book illustration — colorful, dreamlike and visually charming, with lots of atmosphere and theatrically dramatic lighting. It’s little surprise, then, that he is working on an illustrated picture book to be released in fall of 2014, a collaboration with Bonny Becker titled Cloud Country.
Klocek’s website portfolio includes selections of his work in film and illustration, as well as a section of plein air pastels. His blogging seems to have jumped from Blogger to a section of his website to Tumblr.
The Tumblr blog, titled Process & Practice, features a number of pastel pieces in which it looks like picture book versions of children are represented in backgrounds that appear to be rendered from plein air pastels. Many of these are accompanied by process stages.
Klocek also has a Vimeo page on which he posts short process videos of these and other images.
There is an interview with Klocek from 2009 on the Character Design Blog.
[Via Eric Orchard]