Monday, November 22, 2010
Born in Hong Kong, Maria Lee emigrated to the US as a young girl. Her ability to draw was a great way to deal with the culture shock. Her artistic ability earned her a full scholarship to New York's School of Visual Arts where she studied Illustration. After graduating, she went on to work in advertising and graphic design for the next 10 years. Her passion for art led her to pursue an MFA in computer art at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and thereafter into the 3D world of video games and computer animation. has worked as a digital painter at Pixar Studios since 2005. Outside work, MariaMaria enjoys painting from life and spending time with her four-year-old daughter.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thinking of Home, Arcylic. 8" x 8"
Pixar Animation Studios
Credits:Pirates of the Caribbean, T3, The Hulk, Sherk 2,
Madagascar, Wall-e, Up, Partly Cloudy (Short before Up),
Working on Brave.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Bo Kaap 1 and Bo Kaap 2
They are collaged pieces from magazine, paper, and painted watercolors. The piece is based on a neighborhood in Cape Town South Africa in 2000. I was struck how the homes in that area were painted the most amazing vibrant hues. It always stuck with me and taught me to not be so intimidated by the use of such vibrant colors. I wished that I could live in one of those homes. The area is also one of the more culturally diverse neighborhoods in already one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
Art Director-Character (Up)
Pixar Animation Studios
Monday, November 15, 2010
“Old San Francisco House” Balsa Wood, Graphite,
Bees Wax, Acrylic Paint, 6"x6"
Kendal Cronkhite, PDI/Dreamworks,
Production Designer,San Mateo, CA
(PD)Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape to Africa, Madagascar3
(AD) on Antz, James and the Giant Peach
(Assist. AD) on Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
"The Submitted box piece (Apartment #58) stems from long time fascination with the people who make their home in the large tenements and apartment buildings found in the older parts of the city"
"I grew up in the depths of the suburbs, and the neighborhoods with which i'm familiar seem flat and banal to me. But the shirtless fat man in #58; he's an interesting specimen"