|Ripov's Bar was - like all the backgrounds in the film - |
inspired by a real London location. I chose this place
to give us our basic building shape, with details added
from a couple of other bars I'd spotted.
|Back-of-the-envelope style scribbles, trying|
to figure out two angles of Wally approaching
the exterior of the bar.
|I would have doodled this while talking through|
the shots with Mark Naisbitt.
|Using my rough layouts, and the photo reference of real|
locations, Mark begins to construct the final layout...
|...piece by piece...|
|...even figuring out the neon lettering in perspective...|
|...until we have the final thing. I would then take Mark's|
pristine layout, paint it, and then 'mess up' the linework by
drawing over it freehand with pencil or ink. This gave us the
hand-drawn feel, but with a solid technical structure underneath
|Here's the final shot.|
|And the reverse angle.|
I found a bunch of other doodles, sketches and photo reference in these boxes - I could easily lose an afternoon reminiscing through this stuff... but my commercial deadline is beckoning. More next time.