Category: Animation
  1. 6

    Oct 2015

    Yukai Du

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    Yukai Du is an illustrator and animator from Guangzhou, China. She completed a Degree in Design and Visual Communications at the eminent London art school, Central Saint Martins. She also stayed an extra year to complete a Master’s Degree in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects. Graduating last year, Du picked up a couple of prestigious student awards, including the coveted D&AD New Blood Wood Pencil for her Digitized Me entry.

    Now working in London, Du has already accumulated an impressive résumé, with clients including Adobe, WIRED UK, TED-Ed, Computer Arts, and BBC. Her design and animation skills are being put to good use at creative studio, M-I-E. Where she has collaborated on music videos, advertisements and marketing campaigns.

    Du’s illustrations make good use of simplified and exaggerated shapes, to a point of abstraction. Accentuated by extreme camera angles. Another recurring element, and perhaps most noticeable, has to be her painstaking pattern work. Which Du cleverly avoids becoming a distraction by using a limited colour palette. Sometimes, just three or four colours. All of which amalgamate to create some very surreal and compelling illustrations.

    You can find more of Yukai Du’s illustrations on her website, and her animations on her Vimeo.

  2. 1

    Oct 2015

    Natalie Nourigat

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    You may recognise Natalie Nourigat’s name from our recent 28 Gumroad Creators You Really Should Know post, but undoubtably you would like to learn a little bit more about her. “Tally” is a cartoonist, storyboard artist, character designer, animator and writer. She attended University of Oregon and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, in 2010.

    After graduating, Tally freelanced working on a variety of projects, creating storyboards and concept art for large brands. She also worked for top publishers like Marvel, Dark Horse, Image Comics, Oni Press, and Penguin Books. Some of her comic work includes A Boy & a Girl (Omi Press), It Girl & the Atomics (Image Comics) and the Eisner-nominated The Thrilling Adventure Hour Graphic Novel.

    Tally is currently working on a creator-owned serialised comic, Over the Surface. The 10-issue miniseries will be published in 2016 by Oni Press. She has started a Patreon for it, where patrons are privy to behind-the-scenes process and artwork.

    What is next for the multi-skilled and multi-disciplined Tally? Well, she recently moved to Los Angeles, California to begin her new role as a Story Apprentice at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Sounds about right. I will be looking forward to her future projects.

    You can find more of Natalie Nourigat’s work on her website, Tumblr and follow her on Twitter.

  3. 30

    Sep 2015

    Olivia Huynh

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    Olivia Huynh is an animator and illustrator currently based in San Francisco. In 2013 She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Animation (with honors). Even before graduating Huynh freelanced at NASA and The Daily Beast. Her student film, Borrowed Light, was official selection in multiple festivals such as Animation Block Party, New Urbanism Film Festival, Beloit International Film Festival and went on to win the Dark Sky Defender Award (2013), Best 2D Animation & Audience Favorite at Jalloo Festival (2013) and Best Student Film at NW Animation Festival (2014).

    After graduating Huynh continued freelancing for the likes of FOX ADHD and New York University. She even taught an introductory 2D Animation course at MICA, one year after becoming alumna. Currently, Olivia Huynh’s official job title is “Doodler”. She is part of the Google Doodle team, providing us all those excellent animation on Google’s homepage.

    Huynh’s narrative-driven artwork are full of charm. Whether animated or not, you are absorbed into her scenes. She often uses flat fluid shapes to create her humorous characters. When working on backgrounds, however, they are full of details, depth and atmosphere. For someone who claims to be not very good with colour, she certainly hides it well. All of Huynh’s colour choices are rich, striking and enhance the mood perfectly.

    Check out Olivia Huynh’s website and Tumblr to see more of her work.

  4. 21

    Sep 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Ilya Kuvshinov

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    Ilya Kuvshinov is an illustrator and storyboard artist originally from Moscow, Russia, but whom currently resides in Yokohama, Japan. Much of his personal work consists of pin-ups influenced by video games and film. Beautifully and sensitively rendered, Kuvshinov is able to paint alluring female characters without the need to sexualise them (for the most part).

    His artwork has amassed a large and loyal fanbase which is evident when looking at his Patreon page. Currently, 827 patrons are supporting Kuvshinov with a healthy $3,821.36 per week. Allow me to pick up my jaw before I continue.

    Kuvshinov also posts process videos and animations to his YouTube and Vimeo channels. A few months ago he posted a wonderful fan letter in the form of an animation for his favorite manga Sing Yesterday for Me, which you can watch here.

    Find more of Ilya Kuvshinov’s work on his DeviantArt page and keep up-to-date with him on Facebook.

  5. 9

    Jun 2015

    Jun Cen

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    Jun Cen is an illustrator, animator and designer. Cen received a bachelor’s degree in Printmaking from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China, later, he moved to Baltimore where he completed his MFA degree in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art.

    Working as a freelance illustrator from 2009 and throughout his studies. In 2013, the very same year that he graduated from MICA, he won the AOI Illustration New Talent Award. His work has been selected for a number shows including The Society of Illustrators Annual Show 56 and The AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition. His animations too have been shown at multiple film festivals including Illustrative 13 Festival and Indie Memphis Film Festival.

    Currently based in New York he has worked with international clients from England, France and China. His work has illuminated the pages of Elle, Nobrow, The New York Times, and Wissen. It is this diversity of work that keeps Cen motivated. When questioned, if he would prefer a steady job over freelancing, this is what he said:

    It is more stressful […] But I hate getting used to the same mode every day. Dealing with different clients is more challenging to me. I feel fulfilled whenever I finish a project.

    Jun Cen’s illustrations, digital and traditional, are always sensitively drafted. They utilise harmonious tones and subtle touches of texture to give a feeling of calmness and quietness, making much of his work close to hypnotic.

    You can find more of Cen’s portfolio on his website and his tumblr.

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