Today, I wanted to talk about some of the work I did for the Karazhan Library from Warcraft. I worked with Gavin Boucquet who recently designed The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, to develop the look of the library.
He had a clear idea of a circular layout for the library with a central staircase that runs through the core of the Karazhan tower. My job was to illustrate his design and bring it to life. I wanted to push the lighting to feel dusty and heavy, with strong sunlight through the windows.
These diagrammatical design sheets were used to depict the references and application of those references onto rough geometry. They provided a vague roadmap that could be used down the whole chain of production. Gavin asked me to apply various historical approaches to the staircase. So I researched some of my favourite architectural styles and aimed to give Gavin a wide range of options.
Here's a quick featurette with Gavin and the team showing some of the great work they put into the Library, which I think looks amazing in the film!
I'm always looking for things to talk about here, so feel free to leave comments, suggestions, post ideas down below! Cheers
For the first background post, I wanted to talk about some of the work I did for Corellia, from Solo: A Star Wars Story. I worked with the Production Designer Neil Lamont and ILM Art Director James Clyne to develop the look of Han's homeworld, along with Vincent Jenkins and Will Htay.
The direction from Neil and James was heavy industrial, which I love to do, and thought it worked great for Han's home world. Lots of heavy pipework, rust and giant structures by an ocean. We wanted it to feel like constant construction was going on.
These concepts aimed to show the vast industrial scale required to construct Star Destroyers. The three stages of construction at the top of the image show a kind of timeline of the construction of one Star Destroyer.
We also developed what the top surface of the islands might look like. Essentially, a labyrinth of metalwork, pipes and brutal forms. The title shot from the film ended up very similar to this concept, except much better!