Aleksei Bitskoff: Introducing Pigby and Friends for NatWest

The very talented Aleksei Bitskoff (represented by Arena) is responsible for designing NatWest's new piggy characters, Pigby and Friends for the launch of their children's savings account. NatWest ran a competition for kids to design a piggy bank, the winner was 13 year old Kwamina Longdon and, with the help from the folks at Aardman Animations, Aleksei was asked to base his characters on Kwamina's drawing and develop them further to include a fashionista pig, a skater dude, an artistic pig, a nerdy one and a sporty one, along with Pigby "the little helper" who loves saving money.

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An Emmy for Aardvark

Nathan Aardvark played Art Director and Lead Illustrator on this Emmy Award winning title sequence for Starz's 'Da Vinci's Demons.'

The recent Emmys saw Nathan and the team crowned with the 'Outstanding Main Title Design' award for the show. Talking of the commission, a very proud Nathan says "The job was to create short animated illustrations to go on top of footage from the show. I was supplied with various clips and painstakingly sketched over the top of each frame....frame by frame! In the end I had hundreds of drawings which were then composited later in post production. I tried to keep it close to the classic style of Da Vinci as much as possible."

Another cool feature of the title is the crab cannon; when the music is played backwards the melody is the same. Watch the titles.

Nathan Aardvark is represented by Illustration

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Francisco Miranda

Francisco Miranda recently received the Pictoplasma Residency Award from The General Public Gallery in Berlin, where his superb work has received great critical acclaim. Here are some photographs from the exhibition, click here to see the animation Francisco created in celebration of his residency.

Francisco Miranda is represented by New Division
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Neal Layton: Mammoth Academy TV Series in Development

We're very excited to spread the news that Neal Layton's Mammoth Academy series is being developed into a children's TV series. Montreal based Sardine Productions, in partnership with Ontario's public educational media organisation TVO, plan to produce 52, eleven minute programmes for pre-schoolers.
Neal's fiction series, published by Hodder, is about Woolly mammoths Oscar and Arabella, along with their many friends, who embark on an exciting adventures at school. The Mammoth Academy is a place where learning means mucking about and getting your paws, trunk, woolly hair and tail into the thick of things and deliciously dirty! Neal has written and illustrated four books in the series to date.
Patricia Ellingson, TVO's Creative Head of Children & Parent's Media says "Mammoth is full of whimsy, heart and 'makes you think.' Every story encourages the audience to wonder, question and investigate the world around them."
Neal Layton is represented by Arena
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Darren Whittington

After his recent success with Coca Cola and  Body Shop, Darren Whittington has gone on to develop a series of illustrations for Synapta - an NHS patient engagement platform, which have also been animated. These illustrations reflect the growing importance of Infographics in our daily life, and Darren knows how to make them informative, stylish and fun.

Darren Whittington is represented by Phosphor Art

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Chris Garbutt: JibJab Letter X – Extraordinary X by StoryBots

'Extraordinary X' is a kids music video that Chris Garbutt designed and art directed for JibJab's StoryBots ABC project.  Chris had to interpret the existing StoryBot characters and bring to life the letter 'X' in over twenty different ways for this one minute short. Here are some of our favourite key frames from the video. Chris Garbutt is represented by Arena

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Helen Friel: Revolution

Nearly a year in the making and shot in a continuous take, Revolution follows the cyclical journey of a single water droplet. A collaborative film by paper engineer Helen Friel, photographer Chris Turner, and animator Jess Deacon, who, from original idea to execution, pooled their individual talents to bring the project to life. Watch the film here: http://vimeo.com/59059419

Helen Friel is represented by Debut Art

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Debbie Powell for Japanese Railways

Over the last year Debbie Powell has been working on a fantastic project in collaboration with Japanese Railways. Here is the gorgeous illustration which has been turned into a 3d and animated version – check out the cute animated version here: http://jrtk.jrtk.jp/xmas/index.html

Debbie Powell is represented by the Artworks

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Gary Newman for Perwoll

Gary Newman has once again been commissioned by Perwoll to illustrate their online marketing campaign. Following on from the success of their collaboration earlier this year, Gary was asked to illustrate three more interactive animations for Perwoll’s web based advertising.

Gary Newman is represented by New Division

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