PixArt: October Feature I – Carl And Ellie’s Test Flight

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It seems many of our artists find great inspiration in Pete Docter‘s UP. And that’s ok by us. This latest tribute to Carl and Ellie comes from artist Mark Lester Jarmin. Mark turns out some slick cartoon mascots and character designs. His website is packed full of clever creations and appealing graphics. This is one busy guy. Make sure to check out his blog and follow him on twitter so you can keep up with this very prolific illustrator. Our thanks to Mark for taking time out of his busy schedule to bring us this fun piece. We love seeing how many of you are inspired by this fantastic film. We’re sure it’s not the last you’ll see of Carl and Ellie on the PixArt pages. [Read more...]

PixArt: September Feature III – Pixar Wall of Fame

PixArt by Clare Elsom

UK Artist Clare Elsom brings fantastic humor and wit to her charming drawings. Her portfolio is packed with samples of her fantastic art that’s been featured on children’s books, merchandise and publications from around the world. And now she lends her distinct style to the world of Pixar in this fantastic tribute. Our thanks to Clare for this wonderful wall of characters. Make sure to visit her website and blog to see all the other great images from this very busy artist! [Read more...]

PixArt: September Feature II – Young Ellie and Carl

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Fans of animation will definitely fall in love with the work of San Francisco artist Rachel McAlister. Her beautiful character designs and concept art are worth checking out. There’s lots to see on her website and blog so make sure to visit her sites after admiring this fantastic new piece she did just for PixArt. We are so grateful for her time on this wonderful piece. Carl and Ellie have never looked sweeter! [Read more...]

PixArt: July Feature I – Happy 4th

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Stephy Coffey does some seriously appealing character design. Lovely ladies and dashing gents fill her portfolio pages. There’s lots to like about her great work. Her conceptual work and illustrations are sure to please. Check them out for yourself at her blog. She’s really outdone herself with this all-American tribute to Pixar just in time for the 4th of July. Take a closer look at her artwork and read more about Stephy in her own words after the break!

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PixArt: May Feature I – Pixar Tribute

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California based artist Dennis Salvatier produces some extremely charming and appealing art. His portfolio is filled with distinct takes on characters from pop culture. Combining a strong eye for design with some really appealing character designs, it’s easy to see why his work is so popular. Browse his portfolio to see the diverse set of  skills he brings to his illustration, logos and design work. We thought he’d bring a great perspective to the world of Pixar and he certainly didn’t disappoint. We’re thrilled with his adorable tribute to some of Pixar’s biggest films. Our thanks to Dennis for contributing this fantastic piece. Read on for more about Dennis in his own words.

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The Pixar Perspective on Risk of Original Films vs. Sequels

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What separates Pixar Animation Studios from the rest of mainstream animation companies, as this column has mentioned plenty of times before, is its willingness to take a risk. In many ways, they’ve been operating under a system of risk from the very beginning, before they were even an established name in the TV-commercial business. The first major risk they overcame was the very acceptance by the public of computer animation being utilized for a feature film; in the intervening time, the biggest risks they overcame were story-based, as they pinned their hopes on movies about robots who don’t speak a discernible human language, a rat who wants to cook, and more. But in recent years, the risks they’ve run up against are, in some respects, of their own doing. To wit: how risky is it for Pixar to invest more heavily in the future on sequels than on new original films? Does the studio stand to lose its respect among the public by reviving old characters instead of creating new ones?

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The Real Reason Why Pixar Cancelled ‘Newt’ Revealed

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Newt is the only announced Pixar feature film that failed to make it to theaters. Set to tell the story of a male and female newt forced together in order to extend their dying species, the film was being directed by Gary Rydstrom, who previously directed the short, Lifted. However, Newt was cancelled, which left eager fans, who had become caught up in the idea and gorgeous concept art, perplexed. The reason for why the film was cancelled has finally been revealed.

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