This is the third in my series of pop culture Cross-Section Illustration mashups, following the Bob’s Burgers cross section and the Portal Turret cross section. This time, with one of the best films ever made. Pixar’s Up. I love this film so much, it put extra pressure on me to make it as accurate as possible. 100 hours later, I think I succeeded.
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Much like the Portal turret, I painted this on 185gm hot-pressed watercolour paper, which I then cut to A3. I used a fan-made Google Sketchup model as the basis for the dimensions (as it was pretty damn accurate). This also helped me get the best angle for the illustration. After doing a loose sketch of the cutaway, I looked at the film over 20 times to make sure all of the dimensions and angles of walls were correct. In some cases, there was some impossible geometry. DAMN YOU, PIXAR, I THOUGHT YOU WERE PERFECT!!!
…anyway, I also used a scene near the end of the film, where all of the house’s furniture was shown, allowing me to extrapolate what the unseen rooms are dressed in. That’s logic Spock’d be proud of. To finish with, I scanned in at 600dpi, cleaned it up, painted a background (and clouds on black), digitally composited them together, and painted dozens of strings. Dozens. That’s actually a lot.
And yes…there are easter eggs.
Hope you enjoy it! And, here’s a timelapse video I made of the entire painting process: