Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Story auction

About a week ago at Pixar we had an internal art auction to benefit our yet to be built story pod. It'll be a place where we story artists can commune. It's a vision Joe Ranft intended for us before he passed. You can find some nifty details over here on Alex the Woo's blog.

Here's my contribution, inspired by one of my favorite French art nouveau magazine covers.

And as usual, the study.


Gary Ham said...

She's a real beauty!

Wynne Chen said...

beautiful piece:)

[Moth] said...


amazing, as usual.

Can I ask... which white paint are you using? This opacity is incredible!

Greetings from Barcelona!

Monkeyfeather said...

This one is a real stunner Bill.

Dani said...

Fun painting Bill, and very successful auction!

Brian Growe said...


Peter Chan said...

Hey Bill,
these drawings and paintings are amazing..... :o

Paul Abadilla said...

gorgeous piece, sir!

Bobby Chiu said...

a very beautiful piece.

Kei Acedera said...

look at those lovely gradations!! I love my print, thanks so much Bill! I really adore it :)

hadi tabasi said...

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FerdinandKreozot said...

This is uber awesome.
Your work is beautiful, and I will come back many times.

Cheers to your skill,


Sadie Figueroa said...

Your paintings and drawings are awesome!!
I'm glad I found your blog.
When you have time stop by

Illustrator's Lounge said...

Love it, I Love art nouveau, I love your work, so no surprise the combination of the two turns out so amazing!


Michael Dooney said...

Super pretty!
I'm curious about the roughs that you do. I've noticed that while the color scheme is usually nailed down in the rough, the drawing/pose etc usually changes quite a bit. Are you already thinking at the rough stage that you will work things out later in the drawing stage?

Anita said...

This is the only piece I wanted from the auction! It pains me that I didn't get it (it did, however, go to an excellent home!). Still, seeing it again makes my heart ache. I just loved it! You take my breath away with your awesomeness Mr. Pressing, you surely do!

elephantmarchblog said...

I finally got your last artbook in the mail. You do the best girls, and you watercolors are so pretty.

Bryan Wynia said...

Great images. What a great idea to create a sweet story pod!


These sure are purdy, Bill. I likes!

Lovelace said...

Hey Bill- sweeter than strawberry wine- as usual!

MICHEL said...

Really beautiful. Thanks for this great pic.

sdestefano said...

lovely work Bill---I dig the sketch!

bannister said...

Such a nice one, indeed. Much more elegant than the real ones you can see over here, haha.

victoriaying said...

oh! so wonderful!

GeeBee said...

Very mignonne, Bill !
I' d love to have a print of that one :o))


george said...

Hey Bill,hope everything is great,the page is awesome as usual,I have to say i am very proud of you and i wish the best of luck for you,your pal George,How about that SPEEDRACER MOVIE?


BRILLANT!!!! I love your girls.
Please visit my blog: www.diegoderose.blogspot.com

David Colman said...

great sketch but love how you use high contrast to point the eye where you want it to go and as a straight male... good choice

Lost Viking said...

BILL!?!?!? You're ALIVE?!?!!? Your stuff is as beautiful as always!! You make it look SO easy!!! Bastard!!

Larry Levine said...

I discovered your blog today, your work is beautiful.

Amanda said...

Gorgeous! I love the original poster, and your take on it is fantastic.

moriarty said...

I love your work. I'm a fan! I was in Angouleme...thank you for the dedication! ;)

Lydia Sanchez said...

I! Your work it's...awasome. I like very much your style, very nice!!

I'm happy that you got a blog for to view your's works! Here in Spain, there aren't many works yours...

See you!!

bpresing said...

Thanks for the kind words everybody.

It's painted with my usual concentrated watercolor over acrylic washes, but the opaque white area is gouache.

Mr. Dooney,
My color studies are a little misleading, I actually paint them simultaneously to the final piece. I start with a rough drawing stage then I'll transfer it to whatever material I'm using for the final (watercolor paper usually) where I tighten it up. Then I take a small piece of that material and draw a quick sketchy version of the piece on it, this will be my color study, my guinea pig. So before I apply each color to the final I'll test it on the color study to see if I like it.

I am curious to see the Speed Racer movie. It looks extremely over the top, which simultaneously makes me dubious and excited at the same time. You must be pretty excited though, you're the biggest Speed Racer fan I know.

If it isn't Mr. Carl Anders You Know Who. It would seem we are both very much alive, very much indeed. I took you for dead after the giant nuclear monster zombie ninja attack of '97. Nice to know you're still kickin'.

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