Art of the Day # 496: Zinktober, What a Concept!

Rainforest Blimp by Matthias Lechner
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Hello again, everyone. Before we put Zinktober 2020 to bed, we have one final collection to share with you.

This one is a personal project of mine. While collating the pics for the other Zinktober collections, I came up with an idea for a challenge of my own; create a Zinktober gallery from existing pieces of Zootopia fanart.

Well, that challenge turned out to be a mite too easy, and so I raised the stakes a little. The collection below was put together entirely from Zootopia concept-art. Admittedly these pics are a mixed bag; while some were intended for the never-finished ‘Tame Collar’ version of Zootopia, others were conceived in support of the final, theatrical version.  In either case, the Disney artists were more than equal to our 2020 Zinktober Challenge….and when you scroll down, I think you’ll agree.  Enjoy…and don’t forget to show the original artists some love by clicking on the source-links.


Here, again, are The Rules; (last time, we promise.)

Zinktober Prompts by @Zootopia_News
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And now, let’s get to the artwork

Day 1 – Badge
Early concept pic of Chief Bogo.  While the look may have changed, the ‘tude remains the same.

Early Bogo Concept Art – Nick Orsi by Nick Orsi
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Day 2 -Photo
Mayor Lionheart’s photo op at the ZPD Academy graduation ceremony.  Though she’s barely visible in the picture, Judy’s here, too. (on Hizzoner’s left, with his paw on her shoulder.)

Photo Op by Cory Loftis
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Day 3 – Farm
The Hopps Family Farm’s produce stand.  This one made it into the theaters; reverse the angle and you have the opening screenshot of the Jude-the-Dude sequence.

Hopps Farmstand by scottwatanabe
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Day 4 – Ice
Where else, but Tundratown?

Tundratown design (Ice) by Cory Loftis
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Day 5 – Rain
Where else but the Rainforest District?

Ranforest sketch2 by Matthias Lechner
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Day 6 -Blueberry
I kind of cheated a little on this one; it’s not, strictly speaking, concept art.  But since it involves the efforts of not one but two of the artists that worked on the film, how could I say no?

Leap into life (Color) by Cory Loftis
Color by Byron Howard
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Day 7 – Rodent
This once was easy; there’s tons of Zootopia concept art featuring rodents.  The model sheet below is one of the few aimed at developing their actual look for the film.

Rodent concepts by Shiyoon Kim
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Day 8 – Bridge
And this one was even easier; if I were to include every piece of Zootopia concept art with bridge in the frame, this collection would be more than 100 images long.  However there was only ONE bridge in the movie connected to an emotional moment; it made the choice a slam-dunk.

Bridge Concept Final by Armand Serrano
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Day 9 – Power
Methinks this one’s pretty much explains itself.  Notice the outfit on the leopard; it later evolved into Duke Weaselton’s get-up.

More Bogo Concept art Cory Loftis by Cory Loftis
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Day 10 Mashup
A Zootopian nod to My Neighbor Totoro

BunnyBurrows Houses by Matthias Lechner
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Day 11 – Bandages
This pic was a tough one to find, surprisingly so, considering all the Zootopia Outtake videos we’ve seen, where Nick’s done up in bandages, same as here.

Nick awakens bandaged by @ByronPHoward
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Day 12 Parkour
THIS prompt on the other hand, turned out to be easier to accommodate than I expected.

Rooftop Chase by Armand Serrano
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Day 13 Carrot
Not all the Zootopia concept art revolves around characters and/or locations.  Some if it was aimed at the development of props to be used in the movie.  This cart, for instance, made a brief appearance in the Carrot Days Festival sequence.

Carrot Stix by scottwatanabe
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Day 14 – Clue
Yep, when Judy learned the name and properties of this flower, it was the clue that led to the unravelling of the Savage Predator mystery

Mysterious Blue Flower 02 by Armand Serrano
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Day 15 – Cliffhanger
There are at least three scenes in Zootopia that fit the cliffhanger prompt–but only one that includes an actual cliff, and so…

Nicka nd Hopps Sneak in (Cliffhanger) by Jim Martin
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Day 16 – Savage
Yes, yes…I know; I’m reaching a little here.  But ain’t it fun, watching Judy pretend to go savage?

Practicing Combat Techniques by @ByronPHoward
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Day 17 – Bone
Note the ‘bear anatomy’ wall-chart on Nick’s left.  This is another concept piece from Tame-Collar Zootopia

Dr. Nick (Bones) by Jim Martin
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Day 18 – Wheel
There it is, behind the main building.

Wild Times After by Matthias Lechner
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Day 19 – Lake
This pic also works for Days 5 and 8.

Cliffside in the Rain by Jim Martin
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Day 20- Sport
A troupe of little bunnies, playing ball in the Hopps Family warren.  I hope we get to see more of this place in the sequel.

Bunnies Play (Sport) by Matthias Lechner
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Day 21 – Fantasy
This one might require a little explanation.  It’s another concept pic from the Tame Collar version of the film; the sequence in which Nick has his collar removed for a medical exam and indulges in some fantasy.

Zootopia Concept Art by Byron Howard
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Day 22- Chill
A very early concept pic, showing Nick relaxing in his Wild Times office.

Nick Wild Times3 by man-arenas
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Day 23 – Vigil
You’ll have to look closely to find ’em, but there’s Nick in the upper image, and Judy in the lower one, each of them keeping a close watch on what’s happening.

Vigil in Little Rodentia by man-arenas
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Day 24 – Hustle
The great Jumbo-Pop Swindle; fits in nicely with the Hustle prompt, don’tcha think?.

Jumbeaux shop (Hustle) by Armand Serrano
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Bay 25 – Memory
From a flashback sequence in the ‘Tame Collar’ version of Zootopia, in which Nick recalls visiting the city with his dad when he was little.

Young Nick and his Dad by @ByronPHoward
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Day 26 – Time
Concept pics of the clock used in the ‘Get Your Pawpsicles’ scene.  The one on the left made it into the film.

Time pieces by scottwatanabe
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Day 27 – Music
Who else, but Gazelle?

Gazelle Concept Sketches (Music) by Shiyoon Kim
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Day 28 – Read
Judy in the ZPD Call Center; another image from Tame Collar Zootopia.

Call Center Judy by @ByronPHoward
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Day 29 – Outback
And another minor stretch; there’s no actual concept art of Outback Island.  Here we have Officer McHorn, in the midst of a ‘discussion’ with one of its residents.

BH Outback by Byron Howard
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Day 30 – Star
If you don’t recognize this pic, you REALLY need to go watch Zootopia again.

Van Art (Star) by Cory Loftis
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And finally…
Day 31 – Ring
Like all good gangsters, Mr. Big wears his ring on his pinky finger.

Mr. Big Concept pic (ring) by Cory Loftis
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Until next time…