Can someone fill me in on the "Californian plein air" movement and how it has influenced the art in the entertainment industry? Pic related, plein air painting by Disney art director and Art Center instructor Bill Perkins.
It seems like a lot of the top guys doing production art have a similar style, emphasizing warm tones and vivid hues in the reflected light.
there's your answer
the two main avenues for the west coast entertainment industry have traditionally been calarts & artcenter. calarts was literally created by disney as a feeder school.
they've all been learning from the same people for the same jobs.
Painting from life outdoors is heavily emphasized by pretty much everyone in the entertainment industry in CA, whether it's Art Center, CalArts, working professionals like the dudes at Naughty Dog and One Pixel Brush, they all understand the importance.
Where did you actually hear about this? I'm curious why you put California plein air in quotes. Plein are painting is important to most real artists in entertainment. There's no better way to get a real understanding of light behavior and colour than by doing regular plein air and still-life.
I'll link some industry legends and artists who either provide me with inspiration, or education.
James Gurney: https://www.youtube.com/user/gurneyjourney
I can't really know what you mean by influencing the entertainment industry, but I think most artists that are worth a damn definitely paint outdoors and use a lot of what they learn in their commercial work.