Traditional media includes original models, storyboards, sketches, pastels, paintings, drawings, colour scripts, and clay figures, and is incredibly important to a computer animated film. The artists of Pixar create thousands of artworks to help in discovering a film's characters and worlds. Traditional media is used during the development stage of a film, to provide inspiration to the animators, and to create the look and feel of the film. The work they do is inspiring and often not seen outside the studio.
Many people do not realise there are as many artists at Pixar working in traditional media—hand drawing, painting, pastels, sculpture—as in digital media. Most of their work takes place during the development of a project, when Pixar is working out the story and the look of the film. The wealth of beautiful art created for each movie is rarely seen outside the studio, but the finished film Pixar sends around the world would never be possible without it.
Tradition media tells the story behind the stories, revealing where the ideas for Pixar's animated classics originated, and how the films were brought to life. Traditional media includes original models, storyboards, sketches, pastels, paintings, drawings, colour scripts, and clay figures.
The image below shows the use of traditional media. During the development stage of a movie the art department creates concept sketches, paintings, models, and drawings. The image shows a group of animators looking at the concept sketches, photographs, colour scripts, and models; to gain inspiration on how they will animate their characters, design the environment, and create the look and feel of the film.
The following are pieces of traditional media created by Pixar to help in the creation and design of their computer animated films: