Oakland, California-based Samuel Hayes creates wild animated experiments and comic drawings with iconic cartoon shapes and electric colors. His approach to subject matter has an equal sense of expressive freedom and abandon. His stated influences include Max Fleischer, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and the Silver Surfer.
Here is an animated collaboration with Michael Olivo:
See more of Samuel’s work on his Tumblr.
Stef Choi is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. She creates illustrations, videos and other multimedia projects as part of her collaborative enterprise Belly & Bones that she runs with Tony Candelaria. Independently, she has also worked for Laika and Walt Disney Animation Studios creating character concepts and designs for various projects.
These bird designs were part of Stef’s development work at Laika for a film that was never completed, Jack & Ben:
Her personal drawings are charmingly friendly and strange, such as the illustrations she did for a small book about the life cycle of mushrooms. Visit Stef’s blog to see more development, sketchbook and illustration work.
Loïc Locatelli Kournwsky is a comic book artist who works in Lyon, France. Loïc also creates illustrations and storyboards.
A prolific artist, Loïc draws enough art—both original pieces and fan art—to fill multiple blogs with different material. Loïc’s Memory Card Tumblr appears to be a place where he draws inspiration from a film, TV show or book, and then writes and draws his impressions.
The first 50 pages of Loïc’s new comic, Lonely Midnight Drivers, is available to read here (in French).
See more of Loïc’s sketches on Tumblr, his work on his portfolio website, and yet another Tumblr functioning as an art blog.
Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day concludes Frozen week with a look at the work of Jin Kim, who was recently written up here for his caricatures of Disney co-workers. Kim drew these expression studies for Frozen:
Jin’s rough pencil drawings reveal his process of discovering the strongest lines to hone in on as he builds up the forms:
See more of Kim’s work on his blog.
Frozen week continues on Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day. Lisa Keene could justifiably be called a Disney veteran. Her credits on Disney films date all the way back to 1985′s The Black Cauldron on which she was a background painter. On Frozen, Keene is credited as the film’s assistant art director.
Keene’s challenge in Frozen was to convey a full emotional range of color and light within an icy white setting. As any artist knows though, ice and snow are not uniformly white. Light refracts and reflects allowing for a wide range of possibilities. Add in blizzards and the Northern Lights, and a satisfyingly rich landscape emerges in a frosty environment.
See more of Keene’s work including her personal animal portraits on her portfolio website.
It’s Frozen week on Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day, and we’re continuing to feature artists who worked on Disney’s latest feature. Bill Schwab works as a character designer and visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. On Frozen he is credited as supervising the character design work.
His work contributed to several previous Disney features, including The Princess and the Frog:
He also contributed designs to Disney’s Christmas TV special Prep and Landing:
Bill drew this pin-striped beauty for an in-house art show at the studio:
You can see more of Bill’s personal and work drawings on his blog, including loads of cartoon doodles drawn with a sense of loose, goofy cartoon fun.
This week we continue looking at some of the talented artists whose efforts made possible the new Disney feature Frozen. Brittney Lee is credited on the film as a visual development artist.
A few of her character studies are below:
Brittney specializes in dimensional paper sculpture illustrations. She has created multiple images that relate to scenes in Disney pictures for various projects and group shows:
See more of Brittney’s drawings and paper creations on her blog. Those who browse all the way back to Brittney’s posts archived from 2005 will recognize her student film work that is featured prominently throughout Nancy Beiman’s excellent animation book, Prepare to Board!
Lee also illustrated the Frozen book tie-in A Sister More Like Me:
Our Artist of the Day feature is extra-cool this week because we’re focusing on artists who contributed to Disney’s new film Frozen, which expands nationwide this week. It all begins with story so it’s fitting that our first featured Frozen artist is Paul Briggs, the story supervisor on the film.
Earlier this year a live reindeer visited the studio and shed its horns on the spot, and Paul got a few sketches in:
Paul shares a lot of his free-flowing doodle pages from meetings where the combination of a distracted mind and idle time often produce interesting results. See more on his PBCB Studios blog, and more recently, Tumblr.
If you ever wanted to attend Robert McKee’s story seminar, but couldn’t make it, just use Paul’s notes from it above as your cheat sheet.
Read interviews with Paul here and here where in which he discusses his role in storytelling on recent Disney feature films.
April Liu is a second year animation student at CalArts. Her blog is a mixture of personal and school work with drawings and animated studies from projects in progress, such as a short about a fellow with a sprout growing from the top of his head. According to her blog posts, April may have abandoned this film having concluded that she wants to move on to a new film that will challenge her more.
On her blog, she concludes that at least the efforts on this film were worthwhile color studies:
See more of April’s keenly observed and cartooned work on her Tumblr.
Thomas Gilbert is a comics writer and artist living in Brussels, Belgium.
Thomas’s work includes ink and pencil drawings colored with deep digital hues and watercolor washes that create dark moods to match the subject matter. Thomas has posted his recent experiments with drawing directly into a tablet which produces a similar result under his practiced control (also see the top drawing), but inevitably the digital inking has less of the grungy chaos of traditional drawing.
See more of Thomas’s work on his blog Profondville.blogspot.com.
Amélie Fléchais is a French illustrator of comic books and children’s books. She also works as a visual development artist for animated productions.
Amélie posts sketchbook work such as these selections of her mountain vacation-inspired watercolors. The pages are also posted here accompanied by photos of the mountainous area she was visiting. Her work is full of inventive fantasy creatures that seem to be part of a mythical world of her own invention.
She posts work on her Tumblr, Blogspot, and portfolio website.
Tamia Baudouin draws comics and art in graphite and ink, sometimes overlaying limited colors on the gray tones.
Tamia animates loops and creates films of her drawings. The gloomy and strange figures that she designs are effectively unsettling, especially in motion.
See more of her sketchbook drawings, paintings and animation on her Tumblr, portfolio, and blog.
Bernardo França works in Sao Paulo making drawings, paintings and designs for print and animation projects.
His sketches and drawings appear to be drawn with rapid, loose strokes while remaining solidly under the artist’s control.
Saturated, stylized color palettes are regularly part of Bernardo’s design choices that he makes while creating these vibrant drawings.
Bernardo creates a lot of work which you can view on his blog and website. He also keeps a Tumblr as a repository of inspiring work.
Richard Short is a London-based cartoonist who creates Klaus comics and other illustrations.
Klaus recalls Tove Jansson’s Moomins in the sense that its world feels complete and thoroughly unique. Reading just a few of these comics can leave one contemplating existence with Klaus and his human-headed, less-introspective rat associates.
Read the ongoing comics of Klaus on Tumblr. You’ll also find other art there such as these funny, fake “rebranding” designs of Klaus that Richard drew as a style exercise:
For the Franco-Belgian market:
For the Polish market:
For the manga market:
From the 1950s:
From the totally extreme 1990s:
The publisher Nobrow released a handsome Klaus collection in book form. You can see more of Richard’s work including posters and illustrations on his blog and Flickr.
Jeff Liu studied at CalArts and now works at Cartoon Network on Steven Universe. He composed the instrumental track for the “Cookie Cat Rap” that appeared in the show’s premiere.
Animation students these days are practically always in front of computers, always online, and often distracted from the work at hand. To his credit, Jeff was distracted from animation classes by actually animating–with his finger and trackpad. He later compiled his pieces into The Trackpad Jam:
On Jeff’s Vimeo, you can also view his 3rd year film, Eat!, the project which he is “most proud of”:
See more digital doodles and sketches from Jeff on his abandoned blog and new Tumblr.