April 16, 2014

PixArt: May 2011 Feature – An Incredible Night In

Art by Chris Kennett

This incredible piece comes to us from Australian artist Chris Kennett. We’re big fans of Chris’ work and we’re sure you will be too after seeing this great piece. The Parrs are spending a relaxing night at home in front of the TV and are surrounded by some references to other Pixar films. Great composition, beautiful character design, strong narrative and color stylings – these are all characteristics of Chris’ portfolio. Check it out for yourself. Read on for more information about this super-creative guy in his own words. [Read more...]

Calling Artists For PixArt’s Cars 2 Countdown

CARS 2 Tribute

Last year, we had a great time counting down to the Blu-ray and DVD release of Toy Story 3 on our PixArt page, as artists shared some fantastic artwork with us. Now, we are pleased to announce that we will be counting down to Cars 2‘s release on June 24. Who will be contributing art for the event? That is a great question! That is where we need your help. Read on for all the details on how you can contribute to this great countdown here. [Read more...]

PixArt: April 2011 Feature II – Way Up

Art by Brad Renner

We hope you’re just as inspired as we are by the works of Wisconsin artist Brad Renner.  Check out his cool imagining of the sequel to Up. We think it’s out of this world! Brad’s work is tons of fun and overflowing with retro-modern goodness.  Check out his site and you’ll see what we mean. We appreciate Brad taking the time to contribute this great piece. Keep reading to learn more about Renner in his own words. [Read more...]

PixArt: April 2011 Feature – Pet Store Full of Pixar Easter Eggs

Art by Andrew Kolb

We were thrilled when artist Andrew Kolb agreed to do a piece for us. But we were not expecting this! Wow! With many references to Pixar’s films and shorts, make sure you enlarge the image and take your time to try to find them all. This wonderfully clever piece is practically poster-ready. You’ll definitely want to check out more of Andrew’s great work. We’ll let Andrew tell you more about his work and where you can find it.  [Read more...]

PixArt: March 2011 Feature 2 – Monsters, Inc. Friends

Monsters Inc by Grant Gilliland

What is it about Monsters, Inc. that so inspires our PixArt artists?  Perhaps it is the film’s creativity because the film has definitely been a popular choice on our PixArt page and we continue to be impressed by the artwork we have received!  When the art is this good, who’s complaining?  Check out this wonderfully stylized take on our favorite citizens of Monstropolis provided by San Francisco artist Grant Gilliland.  We love the Clasky Csupo vibe!  Check out more about the artist in his own words below. [Read more...]

Joe Ranft Celebration Wrap-Up

Joe Ranft as Heimlich by Jerrod Maruyama

Joe Ranft was (and still is) an inspiration for everyone at Pixar Animation Studios. Similarly, he is an inspiration for all of us – not only in filmmaking, but also in life. He was incredibly gracious, always willing to help fellow employees and friends and offer them kind words. Additionally, he was extremely giving, often working with charities to assist others. Yes, he was a tour-de-force in animation, but it was his personality that people loved most.

As part of his birthday celebration (he would have been 51 years old today), we set out to share stories about what made him such a great individual. Below you will find a link to all our stories, videos, and artwork from today. [Read more...]

PixArt: Special Feature – Joe Ranft’s Heimlich

Celebrating Joe Ranft by Andy Wilhite

Celebrating Joe Ranft by Andy Wilhite

Joe Ranft was talented enough when it came to storyboarding, but his skill did not stop there. He also crafted voices for some of Pixar’s most memorable characters – Wheezy in Toy Story 2, Jacques in Finding Nemo, and of course Heimlich in A Bug’s Life. As Heimlich, Ranft raised character humor to a whole new level of hilarity. [Read more...]

PixArt: March 2011 Feature – Up Underground

Up by Kamal Masrun

We are thrilled with this outrageously original piece from Malaysian artist tanglong. Based on his favorite Pixar movie, the artist says this is the “Down” version of Up. You can check out more of his great work at his deviantART page. He’s got some great takes on classic characters and personalities. Lots of fun designs that are worth a look. We hope to see more from this fun artist. Read on for more about him in his own words below. [Read more...]

PixArt: February 2011 Feature – Mike Wazowski Live!

Wazowski Live! By MUD!

All the way from Billy’s Bedroom, we give you MIKE WAZOWSKI LIVE!  But seriously folks, we’re just crazy about this great image from the artist known as MUD!  Check out his site for some more Pixar themed work.  He’s got a great poster featuring everybody’s favorite Wilderness Explorer!  Read on for more about the artist in his own words… [Read more...]

PixArt Special Feature: Ringing In Pixar’s 25th Anniversary With Animator Chris Chua

Chris Chua hard at work

Checkmate by Chris Chua

As today is the 25th Anniversary of Pixar Animation Studios, we wanted to run a special edition of PixArt to celebrate. Now, we are absolutely thrilled to present a piece by Chris Chua, an animator at Pixar. Since he joined the storied studio a few years ago, Chris has worked on films WALL-E and Up. Last week, we got a look at a turntable video for Cars 2 character, Carla Veloso, which Chris animated.

We asked Chris a few questions about his evolution into an animator, his time at Pixar, and his influences. Read on to go on a journey through the mind of a great Pixar animator! [Read more...]

PixArt: January 2011 Feature II – The Increditoys

The Increditoys by Mark Crilley

This fun mash up comes to us from artist Mark Crilley.  Looks like Woody and Buzz are all ready for the Blu-ray release of The Incredibles!  We thank Mark for contributing this great image and invite you to read more about the artist in his own words.

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PixArt: January 2011 Feature – Bonnie Meets Boo

Fluffy Friends by Andry Rajoelina

Bonnie meets Boo in this adorable image from French Illustrator Andry “Shango” Rajoelina. We’re so grateful that Andry took the time to create this image just for us! Read more about Andry below and make sure to visit his blog to check out more of his fun work! Thanks Andry!

Artist Information:

Name: Andry “Shango” Rajoelina

Blog: http://elshangowuzhere.blogspot.com/

I currently live in…Paris.

My favorite Pixar movie is…Ratatouille. Living in Paris has nothing to do with it. Really!

My favorite Pixar character is…Guido.

Tell us about your piece: A few days ago I drew a mash-up of Linguini and Hiccup (from Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon) introducing their “pet friends” Remy and Toothless. Then I came up with the idea of doing the same thing with Mei (from My Neighbor Totoro) and Bonnie introducing their fluffy friends. Ultimately, I decided to make a full-on Pixar character mash-up. Bonnie was the perfect character and I still got to draw Totoro!

Who/What inspires you?: One of your recent featured artists (Sascha Preuss) said “inspiration is everywhere.” I totally agree with him.

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PixArt: December 2010 Feature II – Monster Fright

Monsters, Inc. by Ingvard The Terrible

PixArt has been invaded by Ingvard The Terrible!  All we know is that we’ve never seen such cute artwork from a Viking before.  We think all of his work is great and we’d like to thank Ingvard for this fun piece.  But don’t take our word for it – read more Ingvard The Terrible in his own words and make sure to visit his sites!

Artist Information:

Name: I am known among vikings, cowering villagers and Art Directors alike as “Ingvard the Terrible.” Also acceptable are “Lord Ingvard,” “Ingvard the Handsome,” and in some Latin American countries, “El Pantelones Fuerte” (long story).

Web/Blog: http://www.ingvard.com/ Facebook: http://bit.ly/ingvard

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lordingvard Hair stylist: http://twobirdssalon.com/

I currently live in…pretty much any village I feel like. As long as there’s gold to be plundered and beautiful womenfolk to expropriate. And a Chili’s.

I consider my hometown to be…the Great Northern Realms of Scandinavia. Although I’ve been known to summer in Long Beach.

My favorite Pixar movie is…It would be difficult to choose an absolute favorite, but at the top of my list would be Monsters, Inc.The Incredibles, the Toy Story trilogy and The Godfather. Wait—what? Pixar didn’t make that one? Huh. That’s a shame, really, ’cause that thing is FUNNY.

My favorite Pixar character is…For his brute strength, unwillingness to adhere to opressive societal edicts, and his powerful chin: Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr. For his unrelenting bravery, impressive body armor, and his powerful chin: Buzz Lightyear. And for his sheer hairiness and questionable hygiene habits: James P. “Sully” Sullivan.

Tell us about your piece: I’m just so stoked that there’s going to be a Monsters, Inc. 2 in 2012, and I thought, well, you know, since monsters were totally freaked out by kids, something that was all cute and cuddly like a puppy would probably just, like, terrify them, you know?

Who/What inspires you?: Thor, Cnut the Great, Sweyn Forkbeard, Oprah. Yes, Oprah. Look, if you want lessons on conquering large swaths of other people’s domains and ruling over it with an iron fist, she’s your girl.

Artistically? Oh, uh… Berke Breathed, Bill Waterson, Gary Kelly, Ed Fotheringham, Derek Yaniger, Michael Slack, Ben Caldwell, Jon Flaming, Bill Brown, classic Disney. Pixar inspires me not just visually, but in terms of developing great characters and compelling storylines. They also have a knack for dominating the box office, and domination, as you may have guessed, is a particular favorite hobby of mine.

Recommend something, anything to our readers: I recommend pickled herring, root beer and paying extra for fine cheeses. I recommend acquiring a stalwart crew and a few loyal thralls (Google it). I recommend living close to the ocean, and spending as much time in it as you can. I recommend laughing—big, deep, obnoxious belly laughs—heartily and often. I recommend finding yourself, and then promptly loosing it. Whoever or whatever you are, be it and forget about it. What other people think of you is none of your business. I recommend doing what you love, not for money, not for glory but because when you can’t do it, it’s like someone holding your head under water and you can’t breath (and those people should be promptly vanquished).

I recommend fighting with all the flame and vigor of the God of Thunder himself when the time calls for it, but when it doesn’t, keep your sword in its scabbard, sit back, drink some mead and lighten up, for Odin’s sake. Life, much like the television series Veronica Mars, is just too short. I recommend gathering around large fires, especially ones built for roasting fatty meats, with people you would die in battle for. I recommend dying in battle. Lastly, I recommend getting in your longship, setting out across the vast, unknown ocean and sailing, just to see what’s out there. Remember, if anyone asks, you’re not “lost”, you’re “exploring.”

Last words: Visit my site, follow me on Twitter, find me on Facebook, follow the blog. Or don’t. If you’re awesome, you like drawing, pickled herring and/or root beer, let’s hang. Ingvard out.

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PixArt: December 2010 Feature – Bubblefriends

Toy Story Bubblefriends by Sascha Preuss

Surely, you’re a fan of ‘bubblefriends’!  The cutest militia on the planet comes to us from the talented mind and hands of illustrator Sascha Preuss.  We were fortunate enough to have him create this adorable image just for us.  And we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.  Read on for more about this great artist and make sure to check out his websites listed below if you haven’t already.  It’s great fun.  Our sincerest thanks to Sascha for contributing such a wonderful piece to our gallery!  We are so grateful for his time and effort on this great image.

Artist Information:

Name: Sascha Preuss (AKA bubblefriends)

Website Blog

I currently live in Leverkusen, Germany

What is your favorite Pixar movie?: I love all Pixar movies. My favorite at this time is Toy Story 3!

Who is your favorite Pixar character?: Buzz Lightyear. Oh and the lovely Mr. Pricklepants. He is so cute.

Tell us about your piece: Just a happy polonaise (dance). It belongs at every great party in Germany! Some of my own characters celebrating a big party with the famous Toy Story guys.

Who/What inspires you?: Inspiration is everywhere! I love the work of Osamu Tezuka, old animation drawings of the Disney studios and cute Japanese stuff.

Recommend something, anything to our readers: Watch all Pixar movies, brush your teeth twice a day, relax and be happy!

Don‘t forget to take a look at Sascha’s Bubblearmy, the cutest milita on the planet!

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PixArt: November 2010 Feature – Tea With Boo

Tea With Boo by Eren Blanquet Unten

PixArt returns with our first feature artist of the month.  If you’re a fan of cute, then you probably already know the work of Eren Blanquet Unten.  Her adorable images are instantly recognizable and always a lot of fun.  But don’t take our word for it.  Read Eren’s answers to our Artist Info sheet below and make sure to check out her blog (her website is currently under construction).

Artist Information:

Name: Eren Blanquet Unten

I currently live in Burbank, CA.

What is your favorite Pixar movie?: Up

Who is your favorite Pixar character?: Mrs. Incredible

Tell us about your piece: It was hard to narrow down which Pixar film to do a piece on, but I decided on Monsters, Inc. – I love the relationship between Boo and Sully, and that’s what inspired the illustration.

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PixArt: A Thank You And A Surprise

Wow, what a celebration!  We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the wonderful artists who contributed to our countdown.  We’ve had a blast posting all of this great art and we hope you’ve enjoyed viewing it.

We were surprised and delighted by how many of you were so eager to contribute your valuable time and exceptional talent just to be a part of a tribute to Toy Story.  Make no mistake about it, we aren’t so vain here at The Pixar Times to think you’re doing it all for us.  We know that it’s a testament to the Toy Story films and to Pixar that we received such a spirited response to our invitation.  The films of Pixar – especially the Toy Story films – have very quickly become part of our lives in so many ways.  They have been woven seamlessly into the pop-culture consciousness.  So much so that it’s hard to imagine there ever was a year without a new Pixar film!  So, thank you artists!  Your visions have made the wait for Toy Story 3 on Blu-ray all the more bearable and even enjoyable.

Also, a huge thanks to illustrator Jerrod Maruyama, who since joining The Pixar Times has done a fantastic job.  Jerrod has since become our Art Director and without his hard work, none of what you see on our PixArt page would have been possible.  Thanks, Jerrod!
Don’t worry, this isn’t the end of PixArt.  We’ll be back with more tributes and other surprises.  Now, we have a special surprise for you.  With Toy Story 3‘s time in theaters over, and Cars 2 fast approaching, we give you the following mash-up:

Buzz and Woody Cars by Allen Gladfelter

Before we put our toys back in the box and put on our driving gloves, we’d like to feature this one last piece of art!  BOOM! comics artist Allen Gladfelter, who worked on Cars: Rally Race and Cars: Route 66, sent us this fun piece as we say goodbye to TOY STORY 3 and start revvin’ up for CARS 2.  Thanks, Allen!

Stay tuned for more great PixArt in the future, as we take it to infinity and…well, you know the rest!

To view all of the great artwork submissions, check out our PixArt page.

New Toy Story PixArt Triple Dose: The Final Countdown!

Buzz and Woody by Dave Perillo

Surely you’re familiar with the great work of Philadelphia illustrator Dave Perillo (aka Montygog)!  One look at today’s piece and you should instantly recognize his distinct style – great colors, fun stylization, awesome design.  We were over the moon when Dave agreed to contribute a piece to our countdown celebration and we couldn’t be more pleased with this great image.  Buzz and Woody are lookin’ sharp in this wonderfully executed take on the iconic characters!  To see more great work like this, visit Dave’s blog.  You’ll find tons of great illustrations and fantastic tributes to many beloved characters from the pop-culture stratosphere.  We were particularly impressed (and amused) by his “What’s Happening!” lunch box design for the Cartoon Madness 5: Lunchbox Show (Alcove Gallery).  We thank Dave for taking the time to contribute to our Toy Story tribute.

Ken & Barbie Disco Party by Wendi Chen

Woo-hoo.  It’s party time!  Toy Story 3 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray and we’re celebrating.  Ken & Barbie are dressed in their best to mark the occassion.  This fabulous piece comes to us from Michigan illustrator and visual developer Wendi Chen.  Her website is currently under construction but you can view more of her great work at her blog and Flickr page.  Make sure to look for the great Kung Fu Panda piece she did for Dreamworks Fine Art gallery.  Great stuff.

Buzz by Lorena Alvarez

What better way to celebrate Toy Story 3 on DVD and Blu-ray than with a parade!  This gorgeous piece from artist Lorena Alvarez of Bogota, Colombia features everyone’s favorite Space Ranger looming large on the horizon – just like in a certain Thanksgiving Day parade.  We’re fans of Lorena’s brightly colored and intensely detailed images.  One look at her website and Flickr page and you’ll be hooked.

A big thanks goes out to Lorena, Wendi, and Dave for joining our Toy Story 3 Blu-ray/DVD release party!  Now, what are you waiting for?  Get out there and grab your copy of TOY STORY 3 on DVD and Blu-ray – if you haven’t already done so!  Read more about the great special features on the sets in our in-depth review here.

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New Toy Story PixArt Double Dose: Buzz, Woody, Bonnie & Friends

Woody and Buzz by Amy Mebberson

Here’s another does of goodness from BOOM! comics artist extraordinaire Amy Mebberson. We’re just crazy about this former Disney Toons animator’s cheerful images and illustrations. See so much more of her fabulous work at her website and blog. Keep an eye on Amy’s sites – there’s some FUN stuff on the way. Stay tuned for more details.

Bonnie and Friends by Jerrod Maruyama

Wow, this incredibly cute piece from illustrator Jerrod Maruyama really warms the heart. Bonnie was extraordinarily adorable and we feel that Jerrod truly captures the charm she displayed in Toy Story 3.  Jerrod recently joined The Pixar Times team and has become an invaluable part of the blog.  You can see lots more of Jerrod’s work on his Flickr page and website.

A big thanks to our amazing contributing artists, Jerrod and Amy. They each gave us multiple pieces during our countdown to Toy Story 3‘s home release, and we are so thankful.  Here we are on the eve of the big day.  It’s been fun, but it’s not over!  We have two more pieces of PixArt going up tomorrow!

Speaking of which, the wait is almost over as Toy Story 3 is out on DVD and Blu-ray TOMORROW!  Read more about the great special features on the sets in our in-depth review here.

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New Toy Story PixArt Double Dose: Halloween/Mash-up Edition

Toy Story by Anuj Shrestha

Hey, howdy, hey!  It’s Woody the…Midnight Cowboy?  Just in time for Halloween comes this unexpected mash-up from New York Illustrator Anuj Shrestha.  This is a very different kind of buddy movie for our pals Buzz and Woody and we think it’s just great.  We knew Anuj would bring an interesting perspective to our tribute and he certainly doesn’t disappoint with this humorous image.  You can see more of Anuj’s thoughtful work at his website.  Some of Anuj’s clients include The New York Times, Playboy, Financial Times (UK), and Kahani Magazine.  His comics work has appeared in the Rabid Rabbit and Secret Identities comics anthologies.

Shogun Warrior Buzz by Barry Prioste

Here’s a fun mash-up for all you retro-toy fans out there – Buzz Lightyear as Shogun Warrior!  Concept artist and visual developer Barry Prioste sent us this awesome piece based on his favorite childhood toy.  We think it’s a good match.  Barry is based in the San Francisco Bay area where he is currently employed in the video-game industry.  Check out more of his great work at his blog.  And if you aren’t familiar with the original Shogun Warriors toys, look ‘em up.  These 1970′s precursors to TRANSFORMERS were a lot of fun.

We’d like to thank Barry and Anuj for contributing as our countdown celebration is nearing its goal.  TOY STORY 3 comes to DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday!  Read more about the great special features on the sets in our in-depth review here.

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New Toy Story PixArt Double Dose: Slinky, Buzz, & Woody

Slinky by Joy Steuerwald

Uh oh. Looks like someone’s jealous of Slinky Dog! This precious piece comes to us from San Francisco Bay Area illustrator Joy Steuerwald. If you like this image, wait ’till you check out her website and blog. There’s plenty of adorable images, illustrations and canine creations to make you go “awwwwwww”. Joy’s list of clients include The Learning Company, FUNSCHOOL.com, and Ghostbot studios to name a few. Be on the look-out for the children’s book she illustrated – “One Christmas Story” (2003).

Buzz and Woody by Xander 13

Check out this whimsical take on everybody’s favorite Space Ranger and Sheriff. This fun stylization comes from New Zeland artist Alex Leighton (aka Xander 13). Alex runs Mukpuddy Animation with a couple of his buddies and when he’s not doing that, he’s painting. Check out his great stuff on his website, deviantART page, and Flickr page. You’ll find some fun paintings and illustrations of some very familiar personalities. We’re particularly fond of his wood-block characters. Check it out!

Our thanks to Alex and Joy and for letting us show these great images. It certainly helps us pass the time until Toy Story 3 is released on DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, November 2!  Read The Pixar Times’ full review of the Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.

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