Category: Animation
  1. 28

    Jan 2015

    Amanda Winterstein

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    Presenting the beautiful background art of Amanda Winterstein. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, more informal known as CalArts. She cut her teeth at animation studio Divide Nine before going on to become a designer for late-night Fox animated series Friends Night ADHD. Winterstein has now found a home at Cartoon Network working as a background painter on their popular series Steven Universe.

    Winterstein’s work for both Steven Universe and much of her previous work use soft pastel tones to great effect. Harmonising colours to create relaxed airy environments. Her paintings often mimic watercolours which help add to their calming appeal.

    Pop over to Amanda Winterstein’s tumblr to see more Steven Universe backgrounds and more of her personal artwork.

  2. 5

    Jan 2015

    Glen Keane’s Duet

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    Happy New Year Loungers! This is our first post of 2015, and I wanted to share with you something undeniably beautiful.

    In December 2013 legendary animator Glen Keane partnered with Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group (now Google ATAP) for a project called Spotlight Stories. In June 2014, at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco, Mr Keane screened Duet for the first time. Duet marks Glen Keane’s directorial debut and is the first hand-drawn cartoon made with only 60 fps. It is, unsurprisingly, in the running for both an Academy Award and an Annie Award.

    The concept of Spotlight Stories is bringing stories and technology together, however the full enjoyment is only available on a select few devices, Moto X, Moto X (1st Gen.), Moto G (2nd Gen.), and Moto G 4G LTE. If you have one of these device head over to Google Play and download the app to watch the interactive version of Duet as well as animations by Jan Pinkava and Jon Klassen.

    You can also see nice, albeit a little short, making of Duet here.

  3. 29

    Dec 2014

    Elsa Chang

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    Born in Taipei, Taiwan Elsa Chang moved to the United States when she was just a year old. She studied and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Ms Chang is primarily a concept artist and character designer, and has shared her talents with Dreamworks Animation, Paramount Animation, Sony Pictures Animation and Disney. She is currently working as a character designer at Nickelodeon Animation.

    Elsa Chang has worked on both TV and feature animations as well as in 2012 she illustrated the Pixar Brave book for Disney Publishing. You can read an excellent interview with Ms Chang on the Character Design blog, where she discusses her process and inspirations. You can also find more of Elsa Chang’s illustrations on her website, blog, and tumblr.

  4. 15

    Dec 2014

    A Large Evil Corporation

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    A Large Evil Corporation do exactly what you may suspect, steal candy from babies and worship the almighty dollar. However, in the plus column, they do produce wonderful animations! I was alerted to their work, like many, through their superb Cornetto… Evil Vinyl designs. Something that started as a fun homage quickly began attracting a lot of attention. After the huge positive response and endless questions such as, “These are awesome, where can I buy them?” the Evil Corp. recently announced they have partnered with toy company Funko, to capitalise on their success.

    A Large Evil Corporation has produced adverts for clients including Unilever, Orange, Virgin, and General Mills. Many of these adverts as well as their shorts can be enjoyed on their Vimeo channel.

    Now you know all about the evils that A Large Evil Corporation do, you may want keep an eye on them. You can do so via their twitter and Facebook pages.

  5. 10

    Dec 2014

    Amélie Fléchais

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    Presenting the very sumptuous work of Amélie Fléchais. A French children’s book illustrator and visual development artist. Graduated in 2011, Ms Fléchais earned a diploma in 2D animation from ESAAT (Ecole Supérieure Arts Appliqués et Textile). That same year she interned at Cartoon Saloon, an Irish animation studio responsible for the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells. There she produced concept art for the feature film Song of the Sea. A couple years later, Ms Fléchais was asked back to do further visual development and background art for Song of the Sea. More recently Ms Fléchais has shared her talents with Dreamworks and Hornet animation studios.

    Additionally, since graduating, Amélie Fléchais has worked on three books, Chemin Perdu (Lost path), Le Petit Loup Rouge (Little Red Wolf) and soon to be released L’homme Montagne (Mountain Man). Both Chemin Perdu and Le Petit Loup Rouge are a feast for the eyes. Each page is carefully created. The illustrations are intricate, textured and rich in colour. Ms Fléchais has an incredible talent for the whimsical and joyous, and her talents really shine through in these books.

    You can find more of Amélie Fléchais’ beautiful work on her tumblr, blog, and Facebook.

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