Daniel Arriaga – The Pixar Storyline

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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 on Monsters, 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 to 2009, working as an artist for Pixar. Designing characters and sets for films such as Ratatouille, Lifted (short), Wall-E, Up and Toy 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 Huggin’ Bear (aka “Lotso”) the unforgettably nasty (but wonderfully strawberry scented!) bear that he designed for Toy Story 3.

Daniel Arriaga’s career took another turn in 2009 when he joined Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios as an artist in the 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 as The Ballad of Nessie (an as yet unreleased short film) and Reboot Ralph.

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, Daniel’s approach to his painting was in true to form for a Pixar veteran, focusing first on the element that Pixar values most: Story.

With this masterpiece – titled “The Pixar Storyline” – Daniel has created eleven individual paintings combined into one extraordinary composition which visually tells the story of Pixar’s eleven films to date.

Each panel is not only placed in the timeline in the order of its release but also provides a window for the viewer into these films, where the moments depicted in each panel and the position in the composition corresponds to approximately the same place in each film’s storyline.

What better way to celebrate the incredible creative achievement of Pixar Animation Studios than with this colourful, inspiring, well thought out idea told visually.

This Pixar Fine Art is available in two different formats:

1. Lithograph Edition – Fine Art Lithograph Print on Paper

(Unsigned/Un-numbered/No Certificate of Authenticity) 

Edition Size:  1,000
Format:  Fine Art Lithograph on Paper
Artist:  Daniel Arriaga
Size:  13″ x 26″ (inches)

2. Premiere Edition – hand-embellished Giclee on Black Paper (Chiarograph)

(Signed/Numbered/Certificate of Authenticity/Hand-Drawn Remarque by Daniel Arriaga)

Edition Size:  10
Format:  Fine Art Chiarograph on Paper
Artist:  Daniel Arriaga
Size:  11″ x 21″ (inches)

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