The Art of Inside Out
INNER SPACE Pixar’s latest delves into a young girl’s psyche – find out how emotions were given a unique visual identity
Fifty-three years on from the debut of The Numskulls in British comic The Beezer, Pixar is now portraying the antics of their transatlantic equivalents: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust, a bunch of misfit personified emotions who steer the life of Riley, an 11-year-old girl.
All five kooky characters have their own highly marketable unique colour and design, while Riley’s humdrum existence ‘outside’ very tightly adheres to the Pixar template. What’s strange – and wonderful – is that this official tie-in book entirely favours the extremely raw, organic artwork that director Pete Docter’s team played around with, before a single digit of programming had been attempted. Laid out with a conscious emphasis on rough-edged handiwork, the styles and experiments pinned to every page are certainly worth sharing, as the characters grow and begin to assert their personalities.
It all adds up to a remarkable, warm and wordless (besides beguiling intros from Docter, and Amy Poehler on playing Joy) collection of rough, evocative designs for a Pixar movie that has all the charm that these humble blueprints promise. And with each talented artist well credited, this works as a beautiful, light-hearted concept art book all on its own.
Ralph Eggleston’s early takes on Joy, one of Riley five key emotions.