Josh Cooley is a story artist and director (and Professional Hunk) based in California. As an employee of the prestigious Pixar Animation Studios, Mr Cooley has worked as a storyboard artist on some of your favourites, including The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and Up (2009).
In his spare times he creates children-book-inspired prints based on famous films. A collection of them have been collected and bound into the hardcoved bundle of joy, titled Movies R Fun!.
Scott Campbell, better known as Scott C., is an American artist and production designer. Mr C. began his career at LucasArts as concept artist, then went on to join Double Fine Productions as Art Director.
In his spare time he paints, illustrates children’s book and also makes comics. His paintings have been showcase around the world. Many of them depict, what Mr C. calls “Great Showdowns”. The showdowns are often of cult favourites, and his ability to capture character likeness with such little detail is incredible. In keeping with his playful style, the showdowns are not actual showdowns per se, more like meetings, where the opposing parties stand and smile at one another. A more enjoyably interpretation of the term, there has not been.
To see more of Scott C.’s work head over to his website.
I cannot overemphasise how beautiful Conrad Roset’s illustrations are. I am particularly besotted with his work for the children’s book Ensueños. Mr Roset is from Terrassa, Spain and studied at the Joso School and at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Barcelona. Straight out of university, his online portfolio caught the attention retailers Zara. Working there for a year he developed his style and took the opportunity to learn from other illustrators.
After Zara, Mr Roset was confident to start a freelance career and, has had many triumphs working for different brands, agencies, and publishing companies. Some of his notable clients include Adidas, Coca Cola, Disney, Mulberry, Laurence King, Random House Mondadori and Wieden+Kennedy. On top of his freelancing successes he also shares his knowledge teaching illustration at the School of Design BAU.
To see more of Conrad Roset’s exquisite artwork pop over to his website.
Paul Rand was an American graphic designer, and would have been 100 years old today. Best know for his corporate identity designs. Some of his well famous logo designs include IBM, UPS, Enron, Westinghouse, and ABC.
Mr Rand pulled inspiration from multiple field including art, design, architecture, literature, and philosophy. By having such a vast pool of thought, by experimenting, and by confidently not being original, the work he produced was considered ground-breaking. He also understood the importance of humour in his work, the easiest way to make a client happy is to make them smile.
Mr Rand’s work and words still resonate today. A brilliant place to find both is paul-rand.com. I will leave you with a couple of Mr Rand’s quotes, as one is just never enough.
“Providing, meaning to a mass of unrelated needs, ideas, words and pictures – it is the designer’s job to select and fit this material together and make it interesting.”
“Without aesthetic, design is either the humdrum repetition of familiar clichés or a wild scramble for novelty. Without the aesthetic, the computer is but a mindless speed machine, producing effects without substance. Form without relevant content, or content without meaningful form.”
Aurore Damant is an illustrator whom all of us at the Lounge have been long-time fans of. Her illustrations are spirited and humorous. They combine flowing shapes with a harmonious pastel pallet. Importantly, even though simplified, her characters are distinct and their emotions bountiful.
Based in Paris, she is a Gobelins animation graduate, now working as a character designer, art director and freelance illustrator. Collaborating with top animation companies including Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and The Illuminated Film, Ms Damant has helped develop TV shows Gravity Falls, Robotboy, Eliot Kid, and Commander Clark. She is constantly writting and illustrating children’s books, to date some of the titles including Un Ukulélé Pour Junior, Un Métier Pour Maurice and four volumes of The Haunted Library.
To find out more about Aurore Damant check out this insightful interview she did for the Character Design blog. To see more of her work, check out her blogspot.