Paul Abadilla is an artist who lives in the Bay Area and works at Pixar. Above is a personal drawing that he made as part of a monthly drawing challenge initiated by a coworker. Paul has made it available as a print for purchase.
Paul has only one example of his knack for grotesque cartooning posted on his blog, but she is majestic.
Paul’s blog also features some of his development work from Brave. A few selections are above and below. Above are scenes set in snow from an earlier version of the film.
Finally, Paul also shares some plein air pieces that he worked on during a class with veteran Pixar artist and instructor Bill Cone. Here is his first attempt to see water simply as shapes, pattern and color, and to capture that in pastels:
J. Krissis is an artist who lives in Belgium. He studied graphic design and illustration.
J. occasionally creates digital paintings and sketches, but primarily draws with traditional materials. Many of his drawings and sketchbook pages are penciled and inked on paper. The work that J. shares often is partially inked with the rough pencil lines left in. The artist’s exploration of the composition is especially evident in these drawings. The inky hatching around the contours of wrinkles and folds is solidly descriptive of his imaginary forms.
You can find more drawings from J. on his websites—HERE and HERE, and Flickr.
Kyle Mowat studied at Sheridan College and currently works as an animator. His student film, Ballpit, was featured last year as part of Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival. Earlier this year Kyle worked as an intern at Buck in New York City.
Kyle packs drawings into his sketchbooks, creating inventive designs of mutated figures and characters alongside observational drawings from life. For some of his refined drawings, Kyle uses the meticulous technique of hatching around the contours of objects with varying weights of lines.
See more drawings and animation from Kyle on his Vimeo, Tumblr, and Blogspot.
Jillian Tamaki is an artist originally from Calgary. She now works as an illustrator, cartoonist and teacher in New York City.
Jillian generously shares her working process and ideas about illustration on her Sketchblog. Her Student FAQ links to popular posts that she has written about idea generation and “thought webs.” The logical, thoughtful process she uses to create her illustrations is partly responsible for the success of her work. Equally important is her ability to draw and render expertly in a variety of fresh styles and her willingness to experiment. She even illustrates with embroidery on occasion.
SuperMutant Magic Academy is one of Jillian’s personal comics projects in which magical mutants deal with high school issues such as grades, work, and constantly crumbling into cosmic dust. Drawn & Quarterly plans to eventually compile these comics into a book.
Find more work on Tamaki’s portfolio website and her Tumblr.
Tim Peacock works as an illustrator in Brooklyn. He studied illustration at the Ringling College of Art and Design.
Tim primarily works with ink drawings on paper with gray washes of watercolor or diluted ink on top. After establishing the tonal values, he scans the piece, perhaps cleans it up a bit, and then colors it digitally with the ink layer multiplied on top of the color layers.
The result is a hybrid piece that feels traditional and hand made yet takes advantage of the options provided by digital coloring. The gray tones also unify the color of the whole piece, desaturating the colors and adding to the mysterious feeling of many of his drawings.
See more work from Tim on his Tumblr and portfolio website.
Aymeric Kevin is a Gobelins graduate who is currently working on video game and animation productions in Japan. You can see the short student film, Le Royaume, that he collaborated on with Nuno Alves-Rodrigues, Oussama Bouacheria, Julien Chheng, Sébastien Hary, Franck Monier, and Ulysse Malassagna, embedded below:
Aymeric uses his digital painting skills to work as an illustrator, visual development and background artist.
Especially in the two pieces below, Aymeric focuses attention on his characters with carefully chosen areas of lighter values and saturated colors in otherwise dark compositions. To see more from Aymeric, visit his Tumblr and Blogspot.
Charlotte Dumortier is an Antwerp, Belgium-based artist wo works as an illustrator, designer, and motion graphics animator.
Charlotte makes comics for zines and anthologies and collects a lot of the artwork on a blog here. Her “first real comic book” is called Murphy’s Miserable Space Adventures, from publisher Oogachtend.
Charlotte contributed to the exquisite-corpse-style comics project, The Infinite Corpse (which was described in a previous Artist of the Day post). Here are her three panels from that project.
To see more of Charlotte’s bright, iconic designs, click over to her Tumblr, website PixelPanda.be and Flickr.
Horfée is a Parisian artist whose work is sprayed onto walls, drawn onto paper and tattooed into flesh. His work was featured earlier this year in a gallery show called “Imaginarium” that took place in London.
Here is an animated video made by Horfée and Jonathan Djob Nkondo (previous Artist of the Day himself) for the Imaginarium Exhibition:
This unused swimming pool was improved with artwork by Horfée and Ken Sortais:
Horfée’s work is unified by the cartoon material that his characters and forms appear to be constructed with. His use of flabby tires, sagging sacks and folded tubes with deep black shadows reveal an array of classic cartoon influences. Horfée clues us in by mixing posts of artwork that he likes with his own work on his Tumblr. These posts include images from the Fleischer Studios, Bakshi Studios, and Vaughn Bodé.
You can see more work from Horfée on his Facebook page.
Scott Watanabe works as a visual development artist at Disney. He received his first screen credit for Disney’s Tangled, on which he started as a trainee.
Scott’s main role on Tangled was “texture referencing the environments,” as he describes on a post containing examples of his work. Occasionally he got the opportunity to design props, environments, and “Moment Paintings and ideation sketches” such as the concepts for a jackalope head prop and a tavern scene below.
When a film needs meat, somebody has to design the meat. Scott designed these meat props with warm, textural washes that give them the visual-flavor of classic cartoon meat:
More recently, Scott participated in the Pen to Paper project in which children wrote stories about imaginary characters and professional artists illustrated them. Scott’s contribution is above, with more here. Some information about the larger project is at the GR Works website.
To see more work from Scott including his sculpture and paintings, visit his blog and portfolio.
Baltimore-based illustrator Julianna Brion studied at The Maryland Institute College of Art.
She creates illustrations for newspapers, magazines and books. Her personal sketchbook work demands a closer look as many of her pieces are painted directly into books where the text is visible in varying patches through different opacities of paint. Julianna uses the blocks of text and diagrams in these books alternately as texture under her paint and as part of the composition itself, such as in A Blue Heron.
Julianna shares more work on her portfolio website and blog.
Ulysse Malassagne is the creator of the comic book Kairos which was recently published by Ankama Editions. Many readers of Cartoon Brew have likely seen the energetic animated trailer created by Malassagne and Studio La Cachette that was released online earlier this year and inspired a large response.
Studio La Cachette consists of Malassagne , Nuno Alves Rodgrigues, Oussama Bouacheria, and Julien Chheng, who met while studying animation together at Gobelins.
On Ulysse’s portfolio/blog you can find more artwork and his illustrated sketchbook diaries, “Carnets d’Aventures,” collected here.
Jean Jullien is a multidisciplinary French artist living in London. He studied at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art.
Jean’s work often features clever character drawings and thick, black inks with bold, saturated colors. Take a look at Jean’s wide body of work on his portfolio website.
Jean works closely with the musician Niwouinwouin, who also happens to be his brother, Nicolas. Their collaborative motion work including animation is showcased as the Jullien Brothers.
The Jullien Brothers directed a video for the San Francisco SPCA featuring a catchy piece of music with a warning message. (In this case, the music wasn’t performed by Nicolas, but by Skyrmish):
Jullien also keeps a visual diary,example of which can be seen HERE. He writes that he has completed 5,800 pages to date of this wonderful, personal work.
Niv Bavarsky studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and now makes drawings and prints as an illustrator in the Bay Area.
Niv’s marks and lines are full of energy. His personal work is where wiggly clustered forms can take over entire compositions, while his illustrations stay more visually focused on the primary subject.
Above, an experiment in animation titled, TheLoudTalker.GIF. See another animated loop HERE that was made in collaboration with Michael Olivo.
Niv’s older work can be found on his abandoned blog, and new work and “odds and ends” on Tumblr. His portfolio website offers a collection of work focused on illustration.
Bob Flynn is an artist originally from Maine who lives in Boston. He works as the art and animation director at FableVision Studios. Bob additionally writes and draws pieces for SpongeBob Comics and designs characters for Cartoon Hangover’s Bravest Warriors.
Above is a rough and finalized SpongeBob spread, and below a design from Bravest Warriors.
As a personal pursuit, Bob co-publishes Heeby Jeeby Comix along with David DeGrand, Chris Houghton, and Dan Moynihan. It is an all-ages comic book with spooky, goofy comics in the vein of those found in the defunct Nickelodeon Magazine. It was Nickelodeon Magazine’s demise that inspired these former comics contributors to collaborate on Heeby Jeeby with the intent to fill the kid-friendly cartoony comics void.
Bob’s personal cartoon world is full of rubbery and hairy big-eyed monsters that could live comfortably between Dr. Seuss’s and Jim Henson’s creature universes.
Bob shares his thoughts on traditional/digital inking and animation tools on his blog. Here is a collection of posts Bob has written about inking and drawing with Flash. Here is his more recent exploration with Toon Boom.
Take a look at Bob’s blog, Tumblr, and portfolio to see more work.
Jim Stoten works as an illustrator in the UK, producing pieces for print publication, apparel, walls and various art projects.
He has an uncanny ability to find the humor in mundane editorial subjects, like “food blogging,” below:
Jim also plays music in Owen and the Eyeballs and makes his own home recordings. Recently Jim released a decade’s worth of his music online, and created an animated promo video for the occasion:
See Jim’s work on his portfolio website and at his repping agency Big Active.
All of the art on this post is from Andrew Schick’s inventive Sketchblog. Andrew draws with uninhibited ink washes and lines, and the resulting creations have a wild feeling about them.
Andrew’s first exercise in sketch blogging was The Daily Claw, in which he drew a new monster every day. It appears to have been edited down since the project’s completion a few years ago.
The Vancouver-based Schick also exercises the communication-focused, problem-solving side of his creative mind while he works as a graphic designer. You can see his design portfolio here.
Lilli Carré is an illustrator and filmmaker in who lives in Chicago. She “primarily works in the forms of experimental animation, comics, and print.”
Lilli created a Tumblr specifically for her animated GIFS here. Making personal work in short animated loops provides a structure for Lilli to experiment with ideas and styles in manageable chunks. Some of the loops are extracted from larger film pieces, but are presented here as looping GIF files, extending the life of the work beyond the linear experience of a film.
The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is co-directed by Lilli and Alexander Stewart and focuses on “abstract and unconventional character animation.” The fourth annual edition will take place in Chicago this fall.
Her illustration work is collected here on her website, where you can also find mural work, sculpture and other creative endeavors.
Man Arenas has worked on animated productions in a variety of capacities—creating development art, location designs, characters and storyboards. Get a sense of his extensive work by visiting his portfolio website, Dodecaden.
Man has recently worked on Studio Soi’s The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. Some of his design work from these productions can be seen above, such as the background set piece that was created based on his drawing.
Man’s long standing personal project revolves around his creation, Yaxin the Faun, for which he has created art and comic books. Artwork from this project can be found on the Yaxin the Faun blog, the “old blog“, and his Tumblr.
Thomas Wellmann is a freelance cartoonist who lives in Münster, Germany. Thomas creates illustrations, comics, and in an unusual continent-spanning collaboration, he has co-storyboarded several recent episodes of Adventure Time with Echo Park-based Jesse Moynihan.
On his Vine videos, Thomas demonstrates his comic inking work that nicely replicates the look of a traditional ink line.
You can visit Thomas’s portfolio and blog for more drawings and comics.
Tim Beckhardt studied animation and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating in 2009, Tim went to work as an artist at Augenblick Studios. Tim currently works as a freelance artist and animator in Brooklyn.
Pellet Gunn, a short that Tim made at RISD is described as “a dog, a cyclops, and others kill some time with the help of wormholes and hobbyist self-modification.” The piece plays out unexpectedly, remaining fresh until the satisfying end:
A follow up student film from 2009, Inner Tubes, is described as “a frank look at tube-hole relationships.” This meditative piece may leave you thinking about your own tubes and holes:
Take a look at Tim’s portfolio website and Tumblr for more animated loops, drawings, comics and prints.
Scott MacDonald lives and works in Halifax as a freelance animation artist, designer and illustrator. He studied graphic design and animation in separate two-year programs at Nova Scotia Community College. The range of studies is reflected in his playfully good-natured illustrations and character designs.
Scott frequently contributes illustrations to Local Connections Halifax Magazine of which you can see more of at ScottKMacDonald.Tumblr.com.
For more of Scott’s work including character designs, click over to his website.
William Laborie is a graduate of the Ecole des Métiers du Cinéma d’Animation (EMCA) who works in London. William’s recent professional animation work includes designing characters and storyboarding on the Cartoon Network show, The Amazing World Of Gumball.
William shares his personal drawings, sketchbook pages and Post-it doodles which include multiple Cool Dinos and a lot of humor.
You can see more of William’s artwork on his Tumblr and blog.
Jesse Balmer draws with skillful lines and renders his creations with tactile forms. His strange ideas multiply the visual impact of his work.
Based in San Francisco, Jesse creates illustrations, comics and artwork that he exhibits in shows. His sketchbook pages are full of similarly fine drawings. He also turns some of his designs into prints and shirts which he sells here.
You can see collected artwork on Jesse’s Flickr account, including an animation storyboard test that Jesse completed for a popular show. More of Jesse’s art can be found on his Tumblr and JesseBalmer.com.
Istanbul-born, LA-based Tuna Bora works as a freelance visual development artist in Los Angeles, applying her skills to feature animation production, games, commercials and more. In a recent personal project, she co-produced an illustration book with Elsa Chang called Tendre Retrouvailles. A few examples of Tuna’s work from this book are above and below.
On her blog, Tuna shares sketches including the animal gesture studies below. These were observed and drawn from the online Figure & Gesture Drawing website which is a useful tool for artists who want convenient drawing practice but don’t have live nude models or wild animals on-hand at that moment.
Visit Tuna’s website and Tumblr for character designs, gouache studies and plenty more work.
Yoann Hervo works as a character designer at Xilam Animation in Paris and is a recent graduate of Gobelins.
You can view three years of his school portfolios here and get a sense of the different kinds of exercises that Yoann completed for assignments for concept design and development.
View more of Yoann’s personal sketchbook drawings and illustrations on his blog HervoYoann.blogspot.com.
Violaine Briat graduated from Gobelins and now works as a storyboard artist in Paris.
Violaine is a prolific artist who creates personal work that includes her own world of characters that she features in wordless comics and drawings. She has collected these adventures on The Big Adventures blog and in a book published by Editions Rutabaga, Mini Aventure.
Above is one panel of a 173-panel original storyboard that she created just for “fun and practice.” See the whole thing here.
See the rest of Violaine’s work on her main blog, comics blog, doodle dump Tumblr, and fan art Tumblr.