Illustration

A Little Research Leads to a Little Inspiration.

One of the things my job requires is looking for inspiration, and doing research on styles, and trends, in graphic design, animation, illustration and motion graphics. A long time ago, a college professor told me, “If you stop looking, you stop seeing, and your work suffers.” He was referring to research, and looking for inspiration, and he was right. If you don’t spend time checking out what others are doing you stop learning, and your work becomes dated and stale. So, I was cruising through a number of sites this morning when I came across this piece on Vimeo that has a really nice look to it. Illustrated and animated by  . His two minute short for the “Alberta Family Wellness Initiative” knocked my socks off. It has a great style and approach, with nice timing, transitions, and a solid look that will hold up for quite some time. The portraits toward the end were produced by Felix Wong and blend seamlessly with Gervais style. Nice work guys.

HIAS: For the Refugee.

HIAS is the 130 year old American charity organization working to address the global refugee crisis. To get their message out, HIAS used London animation and illustration studio Moth Collective to create a compelling story about their history and how the organization has changed over the last 100 years. Written by Paul Wolfe, and illustrated and animated by Claudio Salas, Daniela Negrin Ochoa, Joe Bichard, and Jennifer Zheng, the two and a half minute video is moving and visually beautiful. Moth uses a limited color pallet with dark sweeping transitions to move you from the beginning of their story to the present day. Frames are highlighted with occasional accent colors that play off of the main red, white, blue and black color pallet. Its a really nice piece for a really wonderful organization.

New York, New York.

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Illustrator and designer Remko Heemskerk has created a series of prints dedicated to New York City. The style is reminiscent of 20th century travel posters and poster art created by the WPA in the 1930’s and 40’s. Flattened and stylized with just enough detail. Limited, but bright color pallets that keep the images vibrant and fun. The series shows the wide range of architectural style prevalent in the city, some iconic others commonplace, all of them making up the whole of the city. The prints are available for purchase in a variety of sizes at inPrint if you are so inclined.

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World Leading Hipsters.

Amit Shimoni has created a series of images reimagining famous world leaders as hipsters. The “Hipstory Collection”, curates a selection of famous politicians and revolutionaries viewed through the lens of hipster hair styles, fashion, and trends. The funny thing is, Abe Lincoln already looks like a hipster in most of the photos of him. 

In addition to Lincoln, Shimoni gives us Nelson Mandela with a Hawaiian print shirt and a retro fade haircut, Winston Churchill in suspenders, a striped shirt and hipster hat, Mahatma Gandhi in tie-dye with some John Lennon-style shades, Che Guevara with an Adidas beanie, JFK with a pencil mustache and signature hipster hair cut, Margaret Thatcher and more. 

The illustrations are available in everything from stretched canvasses to iPhone cases. 

Hedgehogs

The two-minute short for wildlifeaid.org.uk is about the declining population of hedgehogs in Great Britain. While the demise of the beloved hedgehog is concerning to me, especially since they have dropped from 30 million to 1 million since 1950, I really want to talk about the wonderful animation quality of the video. Directed by Kris Hofmann with Illustrations by Sandra Dieckmann, the animation is a really nice blend of 2D and 3D techniques that creates a really unique and memorable look for the short. Being memorable is exactly what a PSA needs to do, and Wildlife Aid with the talented crew they hired to produce this have done just that.

“Wall”

With yesterday marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I wanted to post images from illustrator Tom Clohosy Cole‘s book “WALL”. The illustrated book tells the story of  a family torn apart when their father was stranded in the West following the division of the city in 1961.

The book is filled with gorgeous illustrations  that help tell the tale of the family’s attempts to reach each other and reunite. The visuals add a beautiful human element to this complex political event that spanned decades.

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Monday Inspiration. Lilian Darmono.

Here’s a little something to start your week off with. Three animated shorts for Pearson English Learning, illustrated by the very talented Lilian Darmono and animated by Abel Reverter and Alasdair Willson from Territory. The illustrative style combined with fluid animation help take a fairly boring topic, and make it a visual treat. While I watched all of these with the volume on, I also went back and watched them with the volume off, scrubbing through the video to take in the subtle nuances that Reverter and  Wilson created.