Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Daniel studied art and animation at Academy of Art College, San Francisco.
After submitting his portfolio three times to Pixar his break came when was hired on as a Simulation and Effects Production Assistant onMonsters, Inc.After a lot of hard work, tenacity, and the valuable experience of learning from the amazing artists around him, Daniel made the jump from Production Assistant to artist, a transition that is not so common to come by. This role was his entry into the storied animation studio and there began an eight year period, from 2001 ñ 2009, working as an artist for Pixar. Designing characters and sets for films such asRatatouille,Lifted(short),Wall-E,UpandToy Story 3, for which he was the Character Art Director. Among the many characters he has created over the years, perhaps his most famous to date is “Lotso Hugginí Bear (aka “Lotso) the unforgettably nasty (but wonderfully strawberry scented!) bear that he designed forToy Story 3.
Daniel Arriagaís career took another turn in 2009 when he joined Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios as an artist in their Visual Development department. In this role, Daniel was among a team of artists who have take on the immense responsibility of pre-conceiving and concepting the visual direction and design of an animated film leading up to the final animation process, a lofty role walking in the footsteps of legendary artists such as Eyvind Earle, Mary Blair, Tyrus Wong and other legends whose visual development work a generation ago weaved the very fabric of so many Disney classics. Since 2009, his visual development work has helped shape projects such asThe Ballad of Nessie(an as yet unreleased short film) andReboot Ralph, which is slating to premier in 2012. He is currently the Art Director on the soon to be releasedPrep and Landing 2which will air on ABC this coming Holiday Season in 2011.
When asked to contribute an original work for the launch of The Pixar Collection, Daniel was asked to create a piece of artwork that would summarize and celebrate all eleven films in the Pixar feature film library. No small task, however, Danielís approach to his painting was in true to form for a Pixar veteran, focusing first on the element that Pixar values most:Story.
This beautiful hand-embellished fine art giclee oncanvas is an absolutely stunning interpretative work of art from Disney/Pixar’s smash-hitUP.
The breathtaking colours contrast provide the perfect image of Carl and Ellie. This artwork will make a stunning impact in any room and is sure to take your breath away. Daniel’s attention to detail and brush-work style has created a work of art that can be passed down from generation-to-generation as a true heirloom-quality masterpiece.
Disney/Pixar’s UP is one of the most emotionally-charged animated masterpieces of all time. This perfect art piece captures that uniquely magical love and bond between Carl and Ellie.
|Format:|| hand-embellished Giclee on Canvas