McBride is a veteran of the visual effects industry and has been in the business for over two decades. Looking at the final product in “Curse of the Black Pearl”, one would assume that he is an integral part of the film. However, McBride only worked as the concept artist on Ang Lee’s “The Hulk” when he was offered a two-day job transition to full-time art director on director Gore Verbinski’s gripping film. Early on in the project when Disney wanted to find a unique look for the skeleton pirates, inspiration hit McBride, as he recounts. Lucasfilm:
“My brain was immediately active around the time before my wife gave me this turkey snack to eat. So I asked if I could run to the grocery store and pick one up. little no. Then I took a picture of it on the table and collaged it on. the surface of a skull. The director of the movie really liked it.”
If you dive into McBride’s concept art on Instagram, it’s easy to see how much the production team of “Pirates” needed his artistic vision. His Mythical Evolution for His Graphic Novel”Toraidhe“inspired and reminiscent of the golden lines of art nouveau or the work of the middle-aged concept artist Eyvind Earle. In one example, we see how McBride’s image for a scene in 2007, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” was used not only as concept art but also as a digital makeover element. Like the turkey jerk in the original film, McBride’s tentacle wound illustration in the third film was grafted onto the actor by a special effects artist.
https://www.slashfilm.com/951254/how-pirates-of-the-caribbeans-meaty-special-effects-brought-its-skeleton-crew-to-life/ How Pirates of the Caribbean’s meaty special effects brought life to its skeleton crew