One of the best parts of Wonder Woman was the history of the Amazons. The movie showed this history through a moving oil painting that was not only beautiful, but also helped show the ancient history and myth that we were seeing. It turns out that these actually were paintings, and the amount of work that was put into them is stunning. Artist Houston Sharp shared the images, including some that were cut from the final film. Sharp said of the project:
“I had the pleasure and honor of working with Patty Jenkins and her team to create the animated painting at the beginning of Wonder Woman. It was a huge undertaking, but I had a small team of super-talented artists to help finish it on time, and Patty & Co. were very supportive along the way.
Each panel was painted separately, and stitched together into one massive painting. We tried achieving a classical oil painting look, while working in a way that was easy for the animators to work with (which meant keeping everything on their own layers, painting behind figures, etc.). It took a lot of planning and coordination between multiple artists, but it was well worth the challenge.”
The scene was a great way to show the history of the Amazons without it feeling too much like the exposition dump it actually was. Exposition works when it’s well done.
The artists involved were Sharp, Igor Sid, Piotr Jablonski, Yuriy Chemezov, Roman Kupriyanov, Eve Ventrue, Max Schulz, Didier Konings, and Raffy Ochoa.
Summary: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen. Check it out in theaters now.
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