Atlantis: The Lost Empire concept art by Mike Mignola (Part 1 of 6).
The film’s visual style was strongly based upon that of Mike Mignola, the comic book artist behind Hellboy. Mignola was one of four production designers hired by the Disney studio for the film. Accordingly, he provided style guides, preliminary character and background designs, and story ideas. “Mignola’s graphic, angular style was a key influence on the ‘look’ of the characters,” stated Wise. Mignola was surprised when first contacted by the studio to work on Atlantis. His artistic influence on the film would later contribute to a cult following.