Category: Character Design
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    Oct 2014

    Mike Yamada

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    Mike Yamada is a visual development artist for animation, and concept artist for video games. Some of his feature animation work includes Big Hero 6 (2014), How to Train your Dragon (2010), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), and Kung Fu Panda (2008).

    Alongside his wife, Victoria Ying, he started a design studio called Extracurricular Activities. It houses their beautiful products, such as prints and apparel. They also take their knowledge on the road, holding lectures and workshops. Talking about knowledge, this excellent interview of the couple has back-back great advice any aspiring artist.

    A couple years ago, the pair took to Kickstarter to fund their ambitious children’s book Curiosities: An Illustrated History of Ancestral Oddity. As you can imagine it absolute bulldozed its original goal of $4,000 and went on to receive just under $50,000!

    Mike Yamada’s blog is filled with his concept art and sketches and well worth a gander.

  2. 13

    Oct 2014

    Jens Claessens

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    Presenting the very lush work of Jens Claessens. Based in Antwerp, Belgium, Mr Claessens is a freelance visual development artist. As a freelancer and alongside visual development studio Votla he has worked with companies including Microsoft, Ubisoft, Sony, THQ, Mattel, and Warner Brother Games.

    One of Mr Claessens’ few comic was published in the very nifty mini Comicanthologie, DOLOR, amongst some very good company including Francis Vallejo and Michael Meier. Mr Claessens’ work has also been featured on the packaging for a Belgium bakery, Generous. Which in turn earned them two CCB Awards.

    To find more of Jens Claessens, head over to his website and blog.

  3. 18

    Sep 2014

    Lydia Nichols

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    Philadelphia-based Lydia Nichols is a illustrator, typographer, designer, and teacher (and anthropomorphizer). After an intern at Pixar, Ms Nichols started freelancing. Some of her notable clients including Bloomberg Businessweek, Chronicle Books, Google UK and MailChimp. She has also taught at MICA and Moore, as well a providing a class for Skillshare.

    Squeezing the best out of illustrator and photoshop, Ms Nichols’ work is both lucid and tactile. Her illustrations are clear, sprightly and guaranteed to put a smile on your face, if not, just a simper. Child-friendly too, her illustrations use subdued colour and have a Mary Blair/UPA charm to them.

    See more of Lydia Nichols’ on her website and Dribbble page.

  4. 11

    Sep 2014

    Ben Fiquet

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    Born in France, Ben Fiquet is an animator and illustrator for video games and comics. My first introduction to Mr Fiquet’s work was the 2006 short animation he, and his fellow Gobelins students, produced for the Annecy Festival called Pyrats. It is one of my favorite Gobelins animations to date, and I remember at the time of seeing it hoping it would become a series. I’m secretly still holding out for that one.

    Equally adept in character and environment design, Mr Fiquet puts that to good use in his comic work. Titles include Les chevaliers de la Chouette and four volumes of Powa. More recent he contributed to the star-studded, and much anticipated, Kickstarter project Masters of Anatomy.

    Hope over to Ben Fiquet’s website see more of his work.

  5. 27

    Aug 2014

    Alexandre Diboine

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    Introducing French concept artist Alexandre Diboine, also known as Zedig. His artwork has been used for film, advertising and video games. He is one of those illustrators whom seem to make it all look easy. Self-taught, Mr Diboine produces beautiful environment and character designs, quite effortlessly floats between styles, and can work in both 2D and 3D to boot!

    To see more of Alexandre Diboine’s enchanting work you can catch him on Blogger, tumblr, and deviantArt.

    Here is a little bonus for those of you that are thinking, “hm, I wonder what brushes he uses?”.

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