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.
Name: Andrew Kolb
I currently live in:
Oh, I’m not sure where I’ll be by the time this is published. Somewhere in Canada, that’s for sure.
I consider my hometown to be:
Kitchener. I often leave for a while and then return. Rinse and repeat as needed.
My favorite Pixar movie is:
The Incredibles, hands down. In some magical way it is more engaging (and has better action and suspense) than any of the live-action superhero movies, in my opinion.
My favorite Pixar character is:
I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t pick just one. Instead I figured I’d pick my favourite Pixar “moment” but even then I could only narrow it down to three. In no particular order they are: the toy revolt against Sid in Toy Story 1, the massage bot going nuts on the blockade of Auto’s goons in Wall-E, and lastly Guido showing up the pit crew in Cars. Clearly I appreciate the David/Goliath dynamic.
Tell us about your piece:
This is my indecisiveness manifested. Instead of picking one or two of the films, I took the liberty of creating a setting that would allow many references to exist appropriately in one place.
Can you spot all of the references? There’s something from each film and short (though I’ve lumped the series together and I only referenced shorts that weren’t related to the films). I haven’t counted them all but hopefully there’s enough to keep you entertained for a while.
Who/what inspires you?
My go-to answer is Mary Blair. She’s such a crazy awesome inspiration and produced all this fantastic work in a time when it maybe wasn’t the most appreciated. She was well ahead of her time.
Recommend something, anything to our readers:
Right now I’m reading “Composing Pictures” by Donald W. Graham, listening to “The Age of Adz” by Sufjan Stevens, and watching season 2 of The Muppet Show.
Where else can we see your work?
I’m part of a really cool collective that creates birthday party supplies for boys (a relatively limited market when you really start looking). You can find their (and my) stuff on etsy and the only reason I’m shamelessly promoting this is because a percentage of sales goes to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
Other than that just keep looking to the skies and I’ll turn up!
Thanks for the fantastic work, Andrew!
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UPDATE (7/22/11): Andrew has uploaded a great guide to all of the easter eggs in the artwork above. Click on the image below to view the full-size image on his Flickr page:
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