Chicago Art Director and Illustrator: Henrique Lira

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June 28, 2016 | 1-Exposing The Crew, Animators


Death Loves Life


Art Director and Illustrator


Henrique Lira

An “Art Director” and “Illustrator” are responsible for the visual style and images that help tell a story.

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT is Death Loves Life, a short film where an adolescent “Death” is enamored by “Life”.

“The beauty of animation is it gives a filmmaker the ability to create an entire world from scratch. This short film did a great job taking me into another world.” (Justin Jackola, Director at JJack  Productions).

Henrique Lira, this week’s ETC EXPOSED crew member, obtained his inspiration by working closely with the writer’s vision for the project.  He stated that “The way they talked about the story was something really special.”

They gave him visual references, and encouraged him to look for his own references in order to make the project even richer.  Henrique also stated that “Part of the inspiration came from the challenge of making something that was cute and somehow deadly at the same time.”

After they discussed the project, they started creating the visual concept, which you can see here.

He started with the characters, then went straight to the universe where they lived.  Initially he used “some good ‘n old paper and pencil”, then moved to Photoshop and Illustrator on his Macbook, together with his “almost ancient Wacom Bamboo.”

For Henrique, working on this short film pushed his comfort zone because he had never dealt with the “death” theme before in his artistic life.  His work tends to be more “colorful, cute, and basically the opposite of something morbid”, but “it was a really fun experience”.

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT was provided by Coat of Arms Post Production.

You can see more of Henrique’s work at Behance.

Thank you for watching this week’s “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our new blog Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

See you next Tuesday!