The Interiors of Wes Anderson’ in the latest issue of Apartamento #13
“You could compare Wes Anderson to an interior decorator,”says Apartamento’s Editor-in-Chief Marco Velardi of today’s enchanting series, taken from the bi-annual title’s latest issue. With the director and screenwriter’s private house strictly off limits, the magazine traces the meticulously considered art of set design in his filmography: miniature brownstone apartments, nostalgic color schemes and embroidered and elaborate costumes. “I always say that a picture of someone’s home tells you a lot more about that person than any portrait possibly can,” muses Nacho Alegre, director and co-founder of Apartamento. “I imagine in a movie the time you have to describe a character is limited, so using the interiors to do so probably becomes something of a necessity.” An intricate visual language has become Anderson’s trademark; in his hands, set design becomes both a storytelling device and character trope, from his shot-on-a-shoestring debut, Bottle Rocket, to his latest saccharine fantasia, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Velardi adds: “Ultimately, if you look at his work there are a lot of interiors, with very peculiar and very precise work on the spaces and what people wear; Wes is passionate about every single detail, and that’s why it’s fascinating for us.”
Process of making ‘Out of Office’
(if anybody’s interested?)
I start by dressing up and taking a bunch of embarrassing reference photos.
Then I choose a photo that has a good composition to draw and the right personality for the piece.
First I copy that photo in pencil…
Then I trace it on a lightbox with a 0.1 pen (i make a lot of mistakes here)
I scan the inked drawing and clean it up on photoshop with the brush tool.
With the character finished I start to sketch out the background.
Then I ink the individual elements of the background.
In Photoshop I colour the background with the paint bucket tool and remove the outlines. (not a very professional technique)
I experiment with a horizontal layout, different colours and scale down the character. But eventually go back to my original choices… surprise surprise!
I try out different fonts for the typography.
Once everything is in place I add textures:
printmaking texture from paint & roller
the same texture inverted
and an old piece of paper I scanned.
The Final Piece!
I took 29 photos
did 9 pencil drawings
4 ink drawings
and an astonishing 283 photoshop files (YIKES!)
for 1 finished piece
This process took about 3 days x
Brendan Monroe the Blob added 8 new photos.