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    Oct 2014

    Scott Wills

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    I have recently taken a strong interest in colour theory, and colourist. Trying to understand why certain pallets work and how to come up them. There is a lot to learn from today’s feature. Presenting the work of Scott Wills, who is among other things, a master of colour.

    You may already be familiar with his work, especially if you are a fan of Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, as Mr Wills worked on many of the backgrounds of those productions. His distinct style really helped set apart Samurai Jack from other animations of the time, something which I remember thinking when I first watched the show.

    Scott Wills has also provided background art for The Road to El Dorado (2000), Quest for Camelot (1998), as well as art directing Flushed Away (2006), and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).

    Fascinatingly many of Mr Wills’ pieces are painted small in scale. With acrylic being his predominately medium of choice, he uses a range of techniques to get the look he wants. There are an excellent group of videos over on YouTube, of Mr Wills working on various Samurai Jack paintings. They are short, averaging around 6 minutes each, but long enough to give you some invaluable insight on how he goes about creating such beautiful backgrounds.

    You can find more of Scott Wills’ work on his blog, CandyCaneLane.

  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. 8

    Oct 2014

    Cameron Stewart

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    Today marks the much anticipated release of Batgirl #35. It’s a re-invention of Batgirl from the (Dr Martens) boots up, by the creative team, writer Cameron Stewart, co-writer Brenden Fletcher, artist Babs Tarr, and colorist Jordie Bellaire.

    Succeeding fan favorite Gail Simone would be no easy feat, but as soon as the first image of Batgirl’s new costume was released, the internet went crazy, the likes had never been seen. Within hours there were hundreds of fan art. About a week later there was a blog to showcase the huge amount of artwork and even some cosplay costumes.

    Outside of the bat-mania Cameron Stewart is a very decorated illustrator, with both Eisner Award and Shuster Awards and Eagle Award and Harvey Award nominations. He has worked for all the big comic companies DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics, on titles including B.P.R.D., Catwoman, Batman and Robin, Seaguy, and Seven Soldiers: The Manhattan Guardian.

    In 2007 Mr Stewart released a webcomic called Sin Titulo. The noir mystery-thriller earned him an Eisner Award, and later went on to be published by Dark Horse Comics. Earlier this year it was announced that Cameron Stewart will be illustrating a Fight Club comic. Set to be realsed in 2015, written by the novel’s author Chuck Palahniuk, it will be a direct sequel to the 1999 movie.

    You can find more of Cameron Stewart’s work on his website.

  4. 30

    Sep 2014

    Bernard Derriman ~ Arj and Poopy

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    We will be continuing our winsome walk down memory lane, or the period of internet history that I am affectionately dubbing The Web Animation Renaissance. Today’s focus is on Bernard Derriman.

    Sharing a similar story to Adam Phillips, Mr Derriman an Australian Animation Director, whom is also a Sydney Walt Disney Studios alumni. He gained his first dose of exposure with his award-winning short animation Chopper, based on the 2000 film of the same name. He also animated and directed the TISM’s music video for Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me, which received a Channel Frederator Award for funniest film .

    Arj and Poopy was a 10 episode series created by Bernard Derriman and comedian Arj Barker. The series was consistently funny, with off-kilt pacing that heightened the awkwardness. Though it started strong it definitely got better, scoring itself multiple awards including two Annecy International Animated Film Festival Awards.

    The episode, Unlucky in Love, though not as revere as the series concluding episode, still perfectly encapsulates the quality and humour of the whole series. Not to mention, that I can watch Poopy dancing and smiling on repeat and never tire of it.

  5. 29

    Sep 2014

    Adam Phillips ~ Brackenwood

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    This weekend I was in a somewhat nostalgic mood. My mind wondered off, and came to a place it had not visited in quite some time. That place was flash animations, specially around 10 years ago. At that time, sites like AtomFilms and Newgrounds were providing a platform for web animation, enabling and encouraging the medium to grow. Every so often there would be a noteworthy short, but on the whole the standard of work was clouded with exploratory and amateur attempts. Through the fog, however, emerge a handful a of truly skilled individuals and work. One such individual is the focus of today’s post.

    Australian freelance animator Adam Phillips originally worked as a character animator and effects director at Walt Disney Studios in Sydney. Many of his project were sequels to hit Disney movies, including Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996). Applying the Disney school of thought to his own animated series Brackenwood revealed a glaring difference in the quality to that of most web animations that had come before.

    Waterlollies was one of the last animations Mr Phillips released in the Brackenwood series, and it is liquid beauty. Throughout the series’ six-year run, it received multiple awards and Waterlollies, deservedly so, picked up the Newgrounds Tank Award for Best Movie of 2007.

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