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    Oct 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Yusuke Murata

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    Yusuke Murata was born in Miyagi, Japan, 1978. Known primarily as a manga artist, Murata got a taste of the creative industry at a young age. Aged twelve he entered a competition to design Mega Man villains. Which he won, twice. Two of his design were adapted for the games, and he is credited for Dust Man in Mega Man 4 and Crystal Man in Mega Man 5.

    A little older, Murata had the very fortunate opportunity of being mentored by Obata Takeshi. At which time Murata was also illustrating for a number of one-shots published in Weekly Shonen Jump. Most notably his work for Eyeshield 21, a collaboration with writer Riichiro Inagaki. Originally a two-part one-shot it became serialized starting in 2002 and concluding in 2009. The 333 chapters, were collected and published into 37 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha, and later licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media. Eyeshield 21 has sold over 20 million volumes in Japan alone.

    Murata’s other major, currently ongoing, work is Wanpanman aka One-Punch Man. Its author, ONE, originally drew and released it as a webcomic9. Starting in 2009, it quickly went viral, and in 2012 surpassed 7.9 million hits. Which is when Murata contacted ONE with a proposal to redraw the comic for digital publication. On June 14, 2012 the duo published the first chapter on Shueisha’s Young Jump Web Comics website. By December, 2012, Shueisha published a printed version. Viz Media again attained the license for the English version and released volume one and two September this year. Both the first and second volumes debuted on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list and the series was nominated for an Eisner Award.

    One-Punch Man has also fathered an anime adaptation. Animated by Madhouse, of Ninja Scroll and Death Note fame, the series premiered a couple weeks ago on TV Tokyo to very favorable reviews. You can actually watch the series on Daisuki with English subtitles.

    To get even more of a Yusuke Murata fix, you can watch him work on Ustream, follow him on Twitter, and as a special treat check out this very inventive Twitter comic masterpiece.

  2. 18

    Oct 2015

    Harry Partridge ~ Happy Harry Toons


    A short while ago I began discussing a period of internet history, The Web Animation Renaissance — wow, has it been two years already? Well, you probably do not remember that Ninjai was intended as the penultimate feature, with one more animator who I felt equally contributed to the movement.

    Harry Partridge, a British independent animator who came to our attention with his satirical Saturday Morning Watchmen short. A child-friendly reimagining of the acclaimed comic, with some nods to the adult material of the original. The juxtaposition of the two worlds, funny in itself, becomes funnier when you stop to consider the true butt of a joke was the many children cartoons based on inappropriate content we were actually exposed to.

    Partridge continued animating and voicing shorts, racking up the views and attention. His off the wall style also attracted the attention of the conformative BBC, who asked him to create a short for BBC Comedy, called Johnny Depp in Burtonland.

    Partridge also shared his animation wisdom in a 12-part series on HuHa 2. Happy Harry’s HuHa 2 How-Tos! was both informative and had all the hallmark humour he has become known for.

    Unlike some other independent animators, Partridge has continued to regularly make and release shorts. Pushing the bar on parody, vibrant characters, and bizarre plots. Be sure to show your support to all Harry Partridge’s hard work by subscribing to his YouTube channel.

  3. 17

    Oct 2015

    Made by Radio

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    Made by Radio is a creative studio and production company, specialising in motion, illustration, iconography and typography. It started small as a collaboration between Londoner Byron Meiring and Capetonian Gert Schoeman, which by 2011 had grown into a fully functioning studio. Since 2011 the team as been in a state of flux, with new talent steadily coming in whilst the seasoned creatives venture out. Recently, co-founder Schoeman moved on, started a new creative venture called Makers Company.

    Throughout the years and the talent, one thing remains consistent, Radio has the “skills to pay the bills”. Those skills have attracted huge clients such as Sony, IBM, General Electric, and ESPN. Their work has illuminated the pages of New Scientist, Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine as well as regular contributions to Monocle Magazine.

    Earlier this year they wrote and directed a haunting short for Walmart, titled The Babble Creek Monster. It was based on a story by Walmart employee, Eric S. Brown, and was part of a campaign to empower the talents of their staff. The animation flows seamlessly from one scene to the other, the limited pallet, and sinister narration intensify all the way up to its ominous conclusion.

  4. 16

    Oct 2015

    Fashion Fridays ~ Ricardo Fumanal

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    Ricardo Fumanal was born in Huesca, Spain in 1984. After studying graphic and advertising design, he moved to Barcelona where worked as a graphic designer, collaborating with various studios on a range of projects. Whilst in Barcelona he also furthered his studies, this time in printing techniques and illustration.

    After cultivating both his “youthful spirit” and an array of visual language techniques, Fumanal moved to London. Working with clients such as Moncler, Lou Dalton, Revlon, Mango, Fred Perry, Richard Nicoll, and magazines such as TIME, Dazed & Confused, Vogue Japan, and The Daily Telegraph.

    Illustrating in the traditional manner of marker, pencil and ink on paper, Fumanal’s wide range of influences including fine art, fashion and photography is applied throughout his work. His understanding of layout and graphic design is also evident in his work. Fumanal’s beautiful and realistic portraits are distorted through the use of fading lines and purposely uncomfortable compositions. Layering and obscuring objects to give us just enough, but rarely allowing the audience to see the person in full. Quite a clever technique to make us wanting to see and know more.

  5. 15

    Oct 2015

    Wouter Tulp

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    Wouter Tulp is a Character Designer and Illustrator. Born in Vlaardingen, Netherlands to a very creative family, he was surrounded by art from a young age. Tulp studied at Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam, before going on to work as a freelance illustrator.

    Due to the limited amount of creative work available in the Netherlands, Tulp decided not to specialise early on, consequently motivating him to develop many different styles. This expanded and shaped his techniques and processes. His versatility allowed him to work on a range of projects including children’s books, book covers, editorial and caricatures.

    For the most part of his career, however, Tulp has work as a visual development artist and character designer for 2D and 3D animated projects. Which is where I believe his work really shines. Tulp is one of the few illustrators that makes the process of character design look easy. His characters are both exaggerated and believable to the point that you feel like you have met the people his characters are based on. Gratefully, Tulp actually shares his much of his knowlage and techniques on his tutorial blog.

    To find out more about Wouter Tulp, you can hear his thoughts on art and inspiration on Chris Oatley’s ArtCast and follow him on Facebook.

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