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    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.

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    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.

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    Dec 2014

    Laura Müller

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    Laura Müller aka Laumii is a comic artist and illustrator from Berlin, Germany. She has contributed to Undo’s Mega Man Tribute, and Subway to Sally Storybook. Ms Müller is the artist of Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits. Written by Vera Greentea, the first two volumes were funded by Kickstarter and the third volume is live on Kickstarter now.

    The vibrant and very cute illustrations of Laura Müller have a very lively quality to them. Though her style tends to lean towards manga, a western animation influence is very visible. Mr Müller has a varied colouring technique, all very strong, but I think her watercolours and her digital paintings are perticularly pleasing.

    You can find more of Laura Müller’s work on DeviantArt and tumblr.

  4. 16

    Dec 2014

    Jean Pagès (1903 – 1976)

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    Jean Pagès was a Franch illustrator and muralist. Growing up in the beautiful Versailles, Mr Pagès completed architectural studies before redirecting his creative focus. Mr Pagès explored his artistic style under the tutelage of Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy.

    In 1925 Jean Pagès made his illustration debut with women’s fashion magazine Jardin des Modes. A magazine which was founded by Lucien Vogel and published by Condé Nast. The descriptive nature of Mr Pagès’ illustrations made them appealing to advertisers, and so was requested by numerous companies to produced advertising illustrations for them. Companies including automobiles manufacturers LaSalle, and shipping company Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.

    However the Condé Nast family soon got Mr Pagès back and kept him busy illustrating for Vogue, both the French and US publications. Just as advertisers saw merit in Mr Pagès’ accurate depiction, the publishing director of Condé Nast praised the Mr Pagès’ legible drawing of garments that helped prevent misleading their readers.

    Jean Pagès has created murals for many leading restaurants and supper clubs. One such restaurant was New York’s La Caravelle. St. Exupéry asked for Mr Pagès’ painting to be “bright and gay and depict typical Paris park and street scenes”. The beautifully finished murals stretched wall to wall, and the restaurant was visited by royalty, celebrities and socialist. Regrettably one guest, Salvador Dalí, accidentally scratched a mural with his cane.

    As with many early 20th-century illustrators, there is not a dedicated website or book you can go to find out more about Jean Pagès and his work. However, you can find many of his Vogue work on the Condé Nast Collection wesite, as well as some of his other editorial work on the HPrints website.

  5. 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.

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