Aaron Becker worked as a concept designer for Disney and Lucasfilm until he happily decided to do his own thing. He created his wonderful Journey using traditional watercolors combined with 3D software Maya. Quest is his next book and it's full of gorgeous illustrations of dream worlds.
Here's the trailer for the new book:
Some selected illustrations from the books. Aaron tells me there's an app coming soon that will use 3D too. I wish he made a game with all this material.
Other movie and concept design work:
Born in Baltimore, Aaron Becker moved to California to attend Pomona College where he scored his first illustration job designing t-shirts for his water polo team. After attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he worked in the Bay Area as a concept designer for film companies such as ImageMovers, Disney, and Lucasfilm under the art direction of Star Wars art director veteran Doug Chiang. Journey, his debut picture book, was the recipient of a 2014 Caldecott Honor as well as a 2013 New York Times Best Illustrated book. His second book Quest publishes this fall. You can follow Aaron's work in Facebook and his web site.