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    Mar 2015

    Manddy Wyckens

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    Manddy Wyckens is a visual development artist, background painter & character designer. She studied at the famous Gobelins, as well as CalArts. Whilst at Gobelins and CalArts, Wyckens created a wonderful short titled, The Longest Road. She also collaborated on The Night We Were Kings, which was selected for the Très Court International Film Festival.

    Though based in Paris, Wyckens has worked across America for companies including Walt Disney Animation Studios, LAIKA and Psyop. She worked as a background painter for Disney TV on their new series Star vs. the Forces of Evil, which was created by her fellow CalArts alumni, Daron Nefcy. More recently Wyckens has been working as a character designer for London-based Studio Aka.

    You can find more of Manddy Wyckens’ work on her website and Tumblr.

  2. 5

    Mar 2015

    Eran Hilleli

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    Tel Aviv-based animator Eran Hilleli was gaining recognition and winning awards whilst he was still a student at The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. His graduation film, Between Bears is a reflective and haunting short. Its poetic nature allows the viewer carve their own meaning. Between Bears went on to win Best Animation Award at Vimeo’s first film festival and Best Animation in the Webcuts category at Berlin Internet Film Festival.

    Hilleli currently works as an Animation Director for XYZ Studios and Hornet. Working with a range of clients from corporate companies to music artist, Hilleli still manages to include a whimsical and eerie element to much of his work.

    Hilleli’s geometric animations are created using Trapcode, Maya and After Effects. His style is beautiful in its simplicity, allowing for fluid ghostlike motion. It is pushed further with the use of abstract colours and lighting giving a tangible sense of atmosphere in every frame.

    You can find more of Eran Hilleli work on Tumblr, Behance and Vimeo.

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    Mar 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Kazusa Takashima

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    Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Kazusa Takashima is most known for her yaoi manga. She started self-publishing her work in 1999, but in 2001 her manga Mad Love Chase (aka Harlem Beat wa Yoake Made) was serialization in Japanse magazine Asuka. After the well received debut Takashima went on to produce Last Client and Wild Rock.

    Takashima’s illustrations use very thin uniform lineweight. Her character-centric work ranges from very energetic to sombre. Her yaoi manga, in particular, features very erotic scenes which Takashima’s prefers to focus on intimacy over explicitness.

    You can find more of Kazusa Takashima’s work on her (somewhat outdated) website as well as checking out some of her mangas.

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    Feb 2015

    Qarlos Quintero

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    Presenting the work of Columbian 3D artist Qarlos Quintero. Graduate of Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Quintero has worked professionally as 2D and 3D illustrator since 2008. Currently he is a Concept Artist and 3D Modeler at mobile games developers, Brainz.

    Quintero’s personal project Arya and Nymeria really stands out for me. It is a blending of both his 2D and 3D styles, allow the forms to look flatter and be more expressive with simplified shapes. You can find a healthy dose of more Game of Thrones inspired art, among other work, in Quintero’s ArtStation portfolio. You can also find Qarlos Quintero on Tumblr and Society6.

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    Feb 2015

    Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

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    Last week saw the launch of the National Portrait Gallery’s new major exhibition, Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends. This exhibition focuses on John Singer Sargent’s more personal and experimental paintings. Portraits of prominent actors, writers and musicians of the day. Many of whom were his close friends, including sculptor Auguste Rodin, artists Claude Monet and writer Robert Louis Stevenson.

    This major exhibition of over seventy portraits spans Sargent’s time in London, Paris, Boston and New York as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside. Important loans from galleries and private collections in Europe and America make this an unmissable opportunity to discover the artist’s most daring, personal and distinctive portraits.

    As an extra treat, throughout the exhibition’s run, it will be accompanied by a range of events including lectures and life drawing.

    Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is on now and will be concluding on the 25th of May. This is without doubt a must-see exhibition. I highly recommend, if you can, that you make time to go see it.

    Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
    National Portrait Gallery
    12 February – 25 May 2015
    Tickets
    Full price £16 (with donation)
    Full price £14.50 (without donation)
    Student offer
    Every Tuesday during the exhibition Students can see the exhibition for £13.50 (£12 without donation).
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