Wednesday, October 10, 2007

EPCOT 25TH ANNIVERSARY - a special celebration - The Living Seas Original Artwork



In tribute to Epcot 25th celebration, here is the part two of a series of articles about the original artwork.
In this part two we will have a closer look to the original renderings for Epcot Living Seas pavillion, the very first version, not the one with Nemo.

As you will see, the artwork is beautiful. I don't know the name of the WDI artist who did this artwork, but most of them looks really like the Tim Delaney style. If anyone knows the name of the artist who did this artwork, thanks to let me know!

Also, i will try to present the renderings in the "chronological order" of the scenes, but i may do some mistake, so, sorry if it's the case! As always, click on each picture to see them in big size.

Okay, there is 27 different renderings for the living seas, and here we go!

The first one above show the whole pavillion

And the next one show the entrance



Here is a first concept for the attraction which looks great!



And here is another one preliminary concept , just as great!



This is the artwork for the preshow queue decor



And for some pre-show decor painting



This one show the inside of the famous "Hydrolator"



Here is a great one showing the sea cabs



This scene show the guests riding in the sea cabs



Guests are now unloading the sea cabs



...And arrive to Sea Base Alpha !



Here is a view from "outside" . I don't think the divers ever dress as futuristic as they look here - not to mention the submarine vehicle...



Here is another version of that scene



And a close shot on the diver



Let's come back in Sea Base Alpha



...and his hydrolators



...as well as the divers show



This one show the Pacific coastal ecosystem area



And this one the robot Jason



Here is one involving sharks



This is the artwotk for the "scuba tube" scene



And a close shot on the "diver"



Here is a different version for that scene



It seems that a "show" was envisioned with king Neptune



A close shot on Neptune's face



Let's not forget the great coral reef restaurant



And the final one will take you in the VIP lounge!



More Epcot original artwork coming soon in the next article!

All artwork: copyright Disney Enterprises

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great pics! Where did you find these? I hadn't seen many of them before... great art! Wish it still looked like this...

Jurgen van der Heijden said...

First of all... great article. The images are very good.

I love your blog. It's now one of my favourite places to visit online.

Jurgen van der Heijden said...

First of all... great article. The images are very good.

I love your blog. It's now one of my favourite places to visit online.

Danny and Jackie said...

another excellent article. well done.

Jeff Pepper said...

Great material, Alain. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Kristina K. said...

Brilliant content as usual, thank you! I'm heading to DLRP in one month and thanks to the great articles you've shared I am so excited!

Biblioadonis aka George said...

Fantastic series!

Thank you so much for sharing this wit hall of us!

Richard Harrison said...

Alain, based on his style, it does appear most of these concept drawings were penned by Tim Delaney. I wonder, though, if some others were by Tony Baxter, who also worked on The Living Seas. From what I've read by Didier Ghez (http://disneybooks.blogspot.com/) Tony was the lead designer for this and The Land before switching over to Journey Into Imagination.

Anonymous said...

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Greg Chin said...

Wow! I haven't seen some of these renderings, in 25 years! I worked at the Living Seas pavilion, for 2 years during 1986 to 1988. I was also on the Test and Adjust Crew, and the Opening Crew for Oct. 1986.
These are truly awesome renderings!
They really capture the adventure and spirit of "The Living Seas" concept! Too bad that United Technologies pulled out, later. We missed having them, as the pavilion's sponsors.