World of Pop! Volume 7 is currently available for purchase, capturing an entire year's worth of Pop! characters and representing dozens of fandoms and story lines. In addition to containing a basic marketing image of each Pop!, Funko's exceedingly talented art department collaborated to create stunning, artistic photos inspired by their favorite fandoms and characters.
Every year since 2012, Funko has released an art book and catalog documenting the year's worth of new Pop! figures resulting in World of Pop! Volumes 1-6. With a World of Pop! Volume 7 just around the corner, bringing with it a brief opportunity to buy the previous books as well, it seems like the perfect opportunity to celebrate and share some beautiful Pop! art.
Unfortunately, a single book can only contain so many Pop! images and World of Pop! Volume 7 simply didn't have space for all the photographs captured by the art team, however amazing they might be. Since many of the photos that didn't make the cut deserve to be seen, we'll be sharing them over the next few weeks. In addition to artistic photographs, each Didn't Make the Cut feature will include some background information from the artist that created the image--their relationship to the fandom and characters, any special techniques they used while capturing the photograph and interesting occurrences while shooting.
Happy looking and reading!
Artist: Jessica Alves, Associate Rendering Designer
“Watching La La Land on the big screen got me really emotional through the gorgeous music and visuals. I was ecstatic when I found out we had done Pop!s for the film, and even more thrilled to get a chance at recreating a movie moment visually.
For this photo, I wanted to take a shot outdoors as an initial base to get the scale of the floor right to the Pop!s. My main goal was to match the film's main promotional art image of Mia and Sebastian dancing under the moonlit night sky. This one in particular was taken in the daytime on a sunnier day in Seattle, mainly so I could get the most vibrant colors out of Mia's hair and dress. It would be nearly impossible to get a clear and vibrant night time shot, so a lot of the purples and shadows were done in post to blend the characters in better with the environment. The city lights in particular were composited from an LA night view shot and blended in with a few soft purple and blue gradients to keep it vivid with the sky colors. The final floor in the image was from the gravel in the original photo, as it blended in quite well with the Pop!'s scale.
I was very pleased with the final result and how close I got visually to the promotional images. It felt amazing to create an image in honor of one of my favorite films!”