You just can’t help but be charmed by the work of Momo and Sprits. Their work is relentlessly appealing. Whether it’s their take on pop culture icons or intricately designed t-shirts, their bright style shines through in every image. We simply adore their take on the films of Pixar and can’t thank them enough for contributing a wonderful piece. You can follow their work on their website, twitter, Facebook, tumblr and Dribbble. And make sure to check out their beautiful art used in the irreverent animated short The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia. It’s a fantastic use of their approach to characters and design. Read on for more about Momo and Sprits in their own words!
PixArt: October Feature – Universal Pixsters
Around this time of year, we like to find just the right artist for our October feature. Chris Raimo was just the one to deliver a fun and spooky Halloween-themed image. Chris has contributed to PixArt before in a few of our annual call-to-artists. Most recently he was a stand-out in our Monsters Mash-Up celebration, combing the world of Monsters University with the characters from UP. Chris is no stranger to things that go bump in the night. One look at his websites and you’ll see just how much this talented guy digs Halloween. His portfolio is populated with all sorts of pop culture creatures – including some fun Pixar pieces. And if you’re a fan of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, you will definitely have to check out his Facebook fan page The Art of The Haunted Mansion. Our thanks to Chris for contributing this fantastic mash-up of some of Pixar’s most famous characters with the classic Monsters of cinema. Read on for more about Chris in his own words!
PixArt: September Feature I – The Legend of Mor’du
There’s no other way to say it – Owen Davey‘s work is impressive. Take one look at the UK artist’s portfolio and you’ll understand. His vast body of work is a beautiful combination of design and illustration. His color schemes are interesting but not distracting. His style is distinct and appealing. His list of clients is amazing and includes Microsoft, Virgin, The Guardian, Wired and The New York Times to name a few. He’s the winner of the 2013 YCN Professional Award. He has published two fantastic books – Foxly’s Feast and Knight Night. His third, Laika: Astronaut Dog, is currently available for pre-order. It will be released here in the U.S. on October 8, 2013. Like I said, impressive. We were so thrilled that Owen took some time out of his busy schedule to bring us this gorgeous tribute to Brave. Makes me wish we had an entire Brave storybook in his wonderful style. Read on for more about Owen in his own words after the break!
Get Feedback On Your Work From Pixar’s Daniel Arriaga
Attention character artists! Have you ever wanted your work critiqued by an actual Pixar artist? This could be your chance. Pixar character designer Daniel Arriaga will serve as a guest instructor for Steven Silver‘s online character design course through Schoolism.com. Over the course of nine lectures presented over 14 weeks, Silver offers insight into the industry as well as covering all the basics for great character design. In addition to these lectures, guest artist Daniel Arriaga will provide personal video feedback for the work students produce during the course.
PixArt: August Feature – Mr. Incredible, The Vigilante
There is a real sense of personality to the art of Kansas-based designer and illustrator Luke Bott. While his work definitely showcases an attention to detail and precision that characterizes all good design, there is a personality and a sense of humor that shines through in all of his pieces. That is what initially attracted me to his work and ultimately made me seek him out for our PixArt August feature. Check out this fantastic Mr. Incredible he did for us, as well as his website for more of his artwork. I think the Mr. Incredible piece captures all the great aspects of his best work. Read on for more about the artist in his own words!
D23 Expo: Review – ‘Monsters University’ Short ‘Party Central’
You just never know what you’ll see at Disney’s D23 Expo. The gathering has become known for its early peeks and surprise screenings of the latest and greatest Disney has to offer. This year was no exception. Before unveiling early glimpses of next year’s The Good Dinosaur and 2015’s Inside Out, John Lasseter had a special surprise for attendees of the Art and Imagination: Animation at The Walt Disney Studios arena presentation. Expo-goers were treated to a full screening of the new Pixar short Party Central. Mike’s New Car (2002), a short attached to the Monsters, Inc. DVD, was the first extension of a Pixar feature film. Party Central continues that tradition almost 11 years later, as this latest toon takes place in the world of Monsters University. Check out my review after the break!
D23 Expo: Pixar’s Connection To Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’
Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) was on hand at the D23 Expo this past weekend as part of the Let The Adventures Begin: Live Action At The Walt Disney Studios presentation. Bird, along with co-writer Damon Lindelof (Lost), presented artifacts in their continued myth building for the 2014 Disney live-action film, Tomorrowland. The mysterious “1952” box, which has been utilized for the last several months to tease the film, was brought out on stage and explored in front of the audience. A few enigmatic items from the Disney studios past were unveiled, a doctored picture of Walt Disney with Amelia Earhart was shown and a vintage copy of Amazing Stories was used as a key for some cryptic message decoding. But by far the most interesting and entertaining portion of the presentation – and the bit that had me most intrigued about the project – was a clip of animation that has ties to Pixar.
D23 Expo: Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Others Reflect On Pixar Films And Source Of Their Inspiration
John Lasseter kicked off Disney’s massive D23 Expo with a look at what is coming next in the world of Disney and Pixar animation. The packed arena presentation was easily the highlight of Day 1 and offered fans a first look at the company’s upcoming slate of animated offerings. Pixar’s highly anticipated roster included next year’s The Good Dinosaur and 2015’s Inside Out. However, it wasn’t all forward thinking taking place on Friday. Late in the afternoon, a handful of Pixar creatives took some time to look back.
PixArt Spotlight: Andrew Kolb
Fans of this site definitely know the work of Andrew Kolb. We here at PixArt haven’t exactly been shy about our love for his fantastic illustrations. He is always such a great sport when it comes to our little section of The Pixar Times – contributing original pieces of fan art to almost all of our call-to-artists. His Cars 2 submission was highlight – combining the worlds of Cars, Back to The Future and Ghostbusters. And of course, who can forget the amazing Pixar pet shop piece he did. Like all of his work, the images were thoughtful, clever and fun. His work truly elevates the concept of fan art. Using his distinct style, he brings an energy to these existing properties and really makes them his own. A quick look through his body of work and it’s evident how much effort and heart he puts into each image. His epic “Picture Book Set In Space” is a marvel and shows just how skilled a visual storyteller he has become.
PixArt: Monsters Mash-Up Round 4 Mixes With The Worlds of Calvin and Hobbes, Harry Potter, Batman, Marvel, More
At long last, Monsters University has been unleashed in theaters nationwide! To celebrate Pixar’s fourteenth animated feature, we’re back with a super-sized batch of Monsters Mash-Ups. So, before you head out the door to go see Pixar’s first prequel, take a moment to peruse this final batch of artwork from some of our very talented readers. This time out, Monsters take on the worlds of UP, Tangled, Speed Racer, Batman, Harry Potter and more!