1. Rémi Bastie

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    Very recently we featured animator, Paul Lacolley. Today we turn our attention to his fellow CRCR collective member. Rémi Bastie is a French animator and Gobelins graduate. Whilst at Gobelins, and the years following it, Bastie has work on some wonder animations. Some have already been mentioned in our Lacolley feature, but other great ones include CRCR’s first short movie Jesus 2000, which was made during an internship at WIZZ Design, the psychedelic advert for LOWDI, and the poignant short New Sensation. WIZZ now represents the group of directors, enabling them to continue collaborating together.

    Bastie’s own work exhibits a lot of traditional ink work. Using the computer to add colours and the occasional texture. His style ranges up from simplified and limited lines to looking as if it was drawn from a photo. Predominately though, he enjoys squashing his characters faces and protruding their chins. Making for a more comical appearance. Yet, coupled with more adult themes, and his stark use of blacks, Bastie’s illustrations tend to have an element of discomfort more than humour.

    You can find more of Rémi Bastie’s illustrations on Tumblr and flick through his older work on Blogger.

  2. Manga Mondays ~ Hajime Isayama

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    Hajime Isayama is the Japanese manga artist of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan). The series has become a phenomenal commercial success. As of July 2015, the manga has 52.5 million copies in circulation. Its popularity was spurred on with the release of the anime adaptation of the same name.

    Isayama would doodle “ugly stuff” as a child. By the time he reached high school, that was almost all he would draw. It was during high school that his ambition to make a living from drawing manga grew. And so He began submitting his artwork to contests. After high school, he enrolled in a manga design course at Kyushu Designer Gakuin.

    He submitted a one-shot called Shingeki no Kyojin to the Magazine Grand Prix (MGP). Which won him his first ever prize, the “Fine Work” award. At age twenty, Isayama moved to Tokyo to pursue a career in manga. He left the idea behind him, with no intention of revisiting it.

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  3. Palm Rot

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    Today we are starting something new which we are calling Sequential Sundays. Each Sunday we will showcase work in the field of animation. Be it shorts, trailers, making-ofs, and perhaps even tutorials. It should work well as a nice addition to our already established days, Manga Mondays and Fashion Fridays.

    Kicking off Sequential Sundays is Palm Rot. A frenzied short by American animation filmmaker Ryan Gillis Lizama. Palm Rot takes us on a journey into the Florida Everglades. We follow a crop-duster named Bill who discovers a lone crate. Letting curiosity get the better of him, Bill could not have prepared for what happened next.

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  4. Nuncio Casanova

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    Señor Nuncio Casanova is a zealous collagist from Oaxaca, Mexico. He started dabbling with photomontage illustrations for his own amusing. And in just a few short years, he has falling head first into the surreal worlds he creates.

    Try as I might, but other than some few bits, I do not know much about Casanova. Every published interview with him is laden with masterful filibustering. In an interview with Pank Magazine, in response to “Does this piece come from a larger project?” he said,

    Yes, it does. After eating the emperor, the crocodile eats almost everyone in the story, including the grandmother of Herodotus and Nuncio Casanova, and then escapes to Leningrad and eats ice cream until he explodes.

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  5. Fashion Fridays ~ Mustafa Soydan

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    Mustafa Soydan is a fashion illustrator based in Istanbul, Turkey. Whose stylish and confident illustrations have amassed a following of over 36 thousand on Instagram.

    Soydan studied Fine Art at Çukurova University. Graduating in 2009, he landed a job straight away as an illustrator for a creative agency. He moved around companies for a short while before establishing his own, Mustafa Soydan Gallery. During this time, he has worked with large brands including Tom Ford, Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Mercedes-Benz, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Ogilvy & Mather.

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  6. Manu Larcenet

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    Emmanuel Larcenet, better known as Manu Larcenet. He is a French comics writer, illustrator and colourist. A prominent name in Franco-Belgian comics. To date he has worked on in excess of 50 books. Larcenet is known for his humour, showcased on title Bill Baroud and Le retour à la terre (The return to earth). However, he has demonstrated a great strength to handle deeper social and emotional content, evident in Le combat ordinaire (Ordinary Victories) and Blast.

    Born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, Larcenet was making comics from the age of 10. He studied art in Sèvres and then completed a visual communication degree at École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers, also called Olivier de Serres.

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  7. Susan Kare

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    Susan Kare is an artist and graphic designer. Best known for her work with Apple, where she created some of the most recognisable icons for the original Macintosh computer.

    In 1975 Kare received a B.A. in Art from Mount Holyoke College. Then, in 1978, graduated from New York University with a Ph.D. in fine arts. After which Kare moved to San Francisco and took a job as a curator for the Fine Arts Museums.

    Quickly realising that she would much rather create art than sell it. In 1983, she accepted a position at Apple as the screen graphics and digital font designer. Having never designed a computer icon, nor a typeface before, Kare improvised. Learning on the job. All the while, oblivious to the cultural significance and longevity of the work she was creating.

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