June 16, 2021 4 min read
Like many family-friendly movies, “Luca” has at its center a kid who isn’t sure how he fits in. The twist here is that he’s a sea monster, with a glorious shock of blue-purple fins on his head. Early in the film, Luca (voiced by Jacob Tremblay, of “Room”) learns to his surprise that when he goes on land and dries off, he looks just like a regular boy. Making friends with fellow sea monster/boy Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), Luca sets off on an adventure involving dreams of a Vespa scooter, plates of pasta and some picturesque chases through winding stone-paved streets. Along the way, he learns some things about friendship and the value of societal acceptance.
Over the years Pixar has taken moviegoers around the world. They've experienced the streets of Mexico in Coco during Día de los Muertos and been taken into the kitchens of highly acclaimed restaurants in Paris, France for Ratatouille.
Pixar always thinks outside of the box when it comes to casting and for Luca, that's no different. The emotional depths of the movie really are built around its two protagonists and the studio has enlisted the voices of Jacob Tremblay as Luca Paguro and Jack Dylan Grazer as Alberto Scorfano.
There have been a limited number of Pixar directors across their filmography, in part due to the fact that the studio continues to turn to a small number of trusted people for the role, who have been with the company for quite some time.
The official synopsis of Luca reads "Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar’s original feature film Luca is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface."
Fans have been quick to highlight some of the potential meanings of Luca, thanks in large part to the trailer that has been released. There is clearly larger symbolism here for hiding one's true identity from the outside world.
In this tutorial we used the following supplies:
Step 1. We begin construction by drawing lines and circles (the direction of the legs and arms, the shape of the head). (Pencil B)
Step 2. We are now drawing the faces, body shape, arms, legs. (Pencil B).
Step 3. Remove all unnecessary construction lines and add fins, tails and scales on the heads. (Pencil B)
Step 4. Around the boys, draw a background consisting of: stones and algae. (Pencil B)
Step 5. Outline the left boy in purple, the T-shirt in yellow, and the shorts with swamp, also green eyes. We outline the right boy in turquoise, the scales on the head are purple, and the shorts are alsoswamp, their tongues are red. We use turquoise for stones, and green for algae. (Colored pencils purple, turquoise, yellow, marsh, red, green)
Step 6. We work on the right boy in detail. For the shadows, we use blue and turquoise, and for the net sections, light green, we also draw the scales with turquoise. We make the fins on the tail and scales on the head purple and blue, the eyes are malty, brown, the mouth is blue and the tongue is red, the shorts are marsh and we draw scales on them. And for the left boy, according to the color of the contour, we make a tone. (Colored pencils yellow, purple, blue, turquoise, light green, brown, red)
Step 7. We turn to the details of the second boy, for this we use purple (we draw scales with them) and blue colors, make the eyes light green and green, the T-shirt yellow and ocher, and the shorts marsh. (Colored pencils purple, blue, light green, green, yellow, ocher, marsh)
Step 8. Next, we make the general background tone. We use blue for stones, and green and light green for algae. (Colored pencils green, light green, blue)
Step 9. Let's move on to working in the background. We use blue and turquoise for stones, light green and yellow for light algae, and green and turquoise for dark algae. (Colored pencils turquoise, blue, light green, yellow, green)