We’re back with more Monsters! As we draw closer to the release of Monsters University (June 21), we continue our celebration with another batch of clever illustrations. This week’s eclectic collection of tributes includes send-ups of The Addam’s Family, My Neighbor Totoro, Gilligan’s Island and more. The artists clearly had great fun in coming up with these unique ideas, and we are sure you will enjoy them. Take a look at the 14 mash-ups after the break!
PixArt: Monsters Mash-Up Round 1 Mixes With The Worlds of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Beauty and the Beast, More
We’re just a few weeks away from the debut of Pixar’s first prequel – Monsters University opens June 21 in theaters everywhere. To celebrate, we asked you to submit your best Monsters Mash-Up. Take any of the characters from the ‘Monsters’ universe and smash ‘em up with just about anything else. The results have been unsurprisingly entertaining! In this first batch alone, we see monsters invading the worlds of Star Wars, The Incredibles and The Lord of The Rings.
Combine comics, monsters, and pop culture and you arrive at the fantastic art of Chris Raimo. This talented east coast based illustrator has a distinct style and a wicked sense of humor. I was immediately drawn to Chris’ ability to adapt existing properties to his whimsical drawing style. Check out his website for really fun takes on everything from Mickey Mouse to wrestling zombies! While you’re there, check out his other Pixar-themed illustrations and mash-ups. Chris is currently a designer at NECA/Wizkids and also does freelance and commission. Read on for more about Chris in his own words!
I first discovered the work of artist Jonathan Santoro on the website for the Bottleneck Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). I thought his piece “The Orphan and The Daughter” for the “Get A Room” show was a fantastic tribute to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. So we asked him to contribute a piece to the site. We were thrilled when Jonathan said yes. He delivered this wonderful Finding Nemo-themed piece that also has the distinction of being our first comic strip featured in this section. Check out Jonathan’s website for more great images. Read on for more about the artist in his own words.
With summer quickly approaching, the last thing you’d think we’d be excited about is school. But when that school is Monsters University, there’s plenty to be happy about. We’re counting down the days ’til Pixar’s latest release hits the big screen on June 21, 2013. While we can’t wait to see Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan take on the world of college, it got us thinking about what other worlds they could wreak havoc on. Can you think of any? We want to see your Monsters Mash-Up. Find out how you can join in on the fun after the break!
This month’s second PixArt feature comes to us from the mind of UK artist James Burlinson. James has a unique and fun style that shines through with this great Ratatouille piece. Check out his site and explore his fantastic character-based illustrations and images. We’re so pleased that James took the time to contribute this great image. Read on for more about him in his own words!
Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. When I stumbled upon the work of artist Michael Hirshon, I was immediately impressed with his visual language. He might not be the first person you think of when it comes to Pixar fan art, but I just had to ask him to contribute. We are so grateful he said yes! It’s easy to be drawn into his gorgeous compositions. While the subject matter varies wildly, his sense of color, beautiful line work and strong sense of atmosphere are staples in his impressive body of work for a variety of clients such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. We are constantly on the look-out for artists who bring a fresh perspective to PixArt and Michael certainly does that. Make sure to check out his website and blog for more of his great work. After the break, learn more about Michael’s inspirations and more.
What up fishes?! This month’s PixArt features everybody’s favorite dinosaur in party mode. Inspired by last year’s Toy Story Toon, PartySaurus Rex, this fun and t-shirt-ready image comes to us from the very talented Greg Gosline. The New York-based artist is very talented which you can see from the great designs he has up on his site, including a tribute to the Evil Dr. Pork Chop. Read on for more about Greg in his own words!
We are so thrilled to feature this wonderful Ratatouille themed piece from artist Jared Andrew Schorr. Specializing in intricate paper cut illustrations, Schorr has been featured in some impressive venues. His beautifully crafted images have been seen in The New Yorker, Gallery Nucleus and Disney’s WonderGround Gallery just to name a few. Schorr created a few pieces for the WonderGround Gallery including several Monsters Inc. pieces, a Wall-E piece and a Mickey Mouse piece. He was also featured as the Resident Artist for the month of August 2012 while showing in the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District (Anaheim, CA). Every weekend of that month, guests were invited to watch Schorr in action – he created his paper cuts right there in the Gallery. While we’ve done our best to present this piece in photo form, you really have to see Schorr’s work in person to truly appreciate all the fine details that go into each piece. Read on for more about the artist in his own words!
Often times, a location or structure can be just as much of a character in a Pixar movie as any monster, superhero or bug. This is particularly evident in our first PixArt feature of 2013. Artist and designer Mario Graciotti (aka Mr-Bluebird on DeviantArt) brings us this beautifully designed tribute to some of the iconic buildings from Pixar films. Take a close look at each carefully constructed location. Graciotti’s attention to detail is what makes this and all of his other work such a feast for the eyes. Take a closer look at Mario’s artwork and read his story after the break!
Last summer, a cryptic tweet from La Luna director Enrico Casarosa read: “A glimpse of something special we are working on …” and included a small image with a familiar eye. That was it. No other information was given. Was it a vinyl figure? Was it a plastic toy? Interests were piqued to say the least. Months later, Casarosa unveiled a maquette of the short’s central character, Bambino. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these gorgeous little guys and let me tell you – it was worth the wait.
What’s not to love about this fantastic Holiday-themed Up illustration from artist Keith Frawley? This super talented New York-based artist has a real passion for character-based storytelling. Take a look at his website – it’s packed with terrific character designs and illustrations for a wide variety of clients across several industries. After the break, take a closer look at his great artwork and read more about him in his own words!
This ‘Incredibile’ holiday treat comes to us from New York artist Stephanie Buscema. This talented illustrator has worked on several children’s books and has a seriously impressive client list including Penguin, Disney and Marvel. She’ll also have a few pieces in the new Good Vs. Evil show at the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney district (Anaheim, CA). She’ll be appearing at the gallery for the opening of this new exhibit on December 15, 2012 from 1-3 PM. Check out more of her fantastic artwork at her website and read on for more about Stephanie in her own words.
Looks like Up‘s Carl, Russell, Kevin and Dug have made their way to Disney World! This whimsical mash-up comes to us from Orlando-based illustrator and designer Ignacio Alfonzo. Check out his website to see the diverse projects he’s been involved with. Read on for more about this talented guy in his own words!
It’s amazing how iconic Pixar characters have become in such a relatively short amount of time. I was reminded of this when I first saw today’s PixArt piece. Even with just basic shapes and large swatches of bright colors, one can still quickly recognize Buzz and Woody. These wonderfully abstract portraits come to us from artist Pintachan. Based in Spain, this whimsical and prolific freelance illustrator has churned out some really fantastic images and designs for magazines, t-shirts and more. Make sure to visit his website for samples of his professional work. Read on for more about the artist in his own words!
We are thrilled to bring you this visual treat just in time for Halloween. California-based freelance artist wotto has created this wonderfully fun piece featuring Mike and Sulley. We instantly fell in love with wotto’s work and thought he would be the perfect person to create this Halloween-themed image. Check out his site for more fantastic work including some fun characters, apparel designs, animation and more. Our thanks to him for contributing his time and effort. Read on for more about the artist in his own words!
It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Andrew Kolb‘s work. His images have been featured often on these pages both as a featured artist and in our tributes. We are extremely pleased to welcome him back to PixArt – he has provided us with a wonderful Halloween-themed Monsters image, which features Mike, Sulley, and Boo celebrating the holiday in style. Kolb never disappoints. As always, we are so charmed by his work and sincerely grateful for the contribution. View his fantastic artwork in hi-res after the jump!
We are so thrilled to feature artist Phillip Light in this month’s PixArt spotlight. This super-talented art student creates some absolutely stunning character designs. Head on over to his blog to see what I mean. Phillip is definitely one to keep an eye on – we see a bright future up ahead for him. Take one look at the emotions conveyed on the character’s faces in his PixArt piece and you may begin to see why. After the break, read more about him in his own words!
I had the extreme pleasure of meeting artist Dan Jones this past June. Dan is from Animation Collaborative, located right across the street from Pixar’s studios in Emeryville, CA. This fantastic resource offers students an opportunity to learn from professionals currently working in the field of animation. Their Instructors have a variety of backgrounds, having worked at Pixar, Dreamworks, Warner Bros., Sony, Disney and BlueSky. Students receive critique and feedback on how to raise the quality of their work to a professional level. Dan, who is a student at the animation school, has put together one of the most personal pieces we’ve seen here on PixArt. Take a look at this month’s featured PixArt piece after the break! [Read more...]
What an incredible month of PixArt it has been! We are back with our final post featuring art honoring Pixar’s female characters. Pixar fans – not to mention fans of this blog in particular – are the best, and we’ve got the art to prove it. Check out this last batch of talented tributes, which contains 12 pieces of artwork! Make sure to check out their personal websites for more art. Our thanks this week to Jay Rogers, Martin Gee, Virginie Taravel, Dave Mott, Jenelle Huddleston, Elizabeth Duncan, Chavah Billin, Chris Kennett, Ciara Panacchia, Jonathan Jimison, Jon Lousie Paramel and Cat Oshiro. [Read more...]