Friday, August 9, 2013

Flashback Friday: Concept Art of Ray Harryhausen

Friday, August 9, 2013 - by Maurice Mitchell 2


Check out classic concept art by Ray Harryhausen!

It's Friday, so it's time to go back in time to the early days of concept design and visualization for classic science fiction films. This week I'm focussing on the work of the great stop motion animator Raymond Frederick "Ray" Harryhausen.

Besides being the pioneer of stop-motion animation he also was a respected artist who helped create stunning illustrations for his films. Sadly, he died May 7, 2013 at the age of 92.

Harryhausen was an American visual effects creator, writer, and producer who's worked on major motion pictures like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and Clash of the Titans (1981).

Check out the rest of the pictures after the jump (click to enlarge).






Clash of the Titans (1981)




 Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Sinbad Rogue of Mars


See more of Ray Harryhausen's work at http://www.rayharryhausen.com/

Click on the following link if you want to see more of Ray Harryhausen's work on my blog.

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What do you think of the illustratios? Which is your favorite film ?

About the Author

Maurice Mitchell
Lover of science fiction and art.

2 comments:

  1. I loved "Clash of the Titans" so much. I want to go watch it again. It combined stop motion animation, which I love, with Greek mythology, which I also love. It was like the movie equivalent of putting pizza onto other kinds of pizza. Which now I know what I'm doing for dinner.

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  2. Nice! I particularly like the artwork from Clash of the Titans. I'll have to go see if the little owl's in there somewhere, though.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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