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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Joe Wilson – Ray Harryhausen Film Poster

Joe Wilson has been commissioned by Arrow Films to create the official poster for the new film "RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN", the definitive Harryhausen documentary.

Joe was honoured to work on the poster for such a great documentary about an incredible talent, the father of stop frame animation and special effects.
For those who don't know, Ray Harryhausen is a visual effects creator best known for his work on Jason and the Argonauts and the original Clash of the Titans.

A version of the poster will also be used for the DVD and Blu-Ray packaging. You can read more about the Ray and the film on Ray's website, along with screening dates.

Joe Wilson is represented by Debut Art

Steve May Wins Gold Award: Images 36

Congratulations to Steve May, who won a Gold Award in the New Media category of the Association of Illustrator's competition Images 36: Best of British Illustration 2012. Steve's short animated film Anger, was commissioned by Picasso Pictures for the charity Reach Out and is about teenagers dealing with anger management issues.
Somerset House hosted the award ceremony and exhibition which showcases the winning work of over 50 artists and is on until 28th October in the Terrace Rooms, South Wing.
Steve May is represented by Arena

The 2012 Summer Reading Challenge: Story Lab

Steve May has created the illustrations and animations for The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge 2012, whose aim is to get everyone reading. The campaign, runs incentives, activities and events in libraries nationwide. It has had wide coverage from press and TV, encouraging kids to read 6 books over the summer holidays. With 780,000 children aged 4-11 taking part, STORY LAB is the biggest national reading initiative in the UK.

Steve May is represented by Arena

Jonny Duddle: The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists

Jonny Duddle has been working as a character designer for director Peter Lord at Aardman Features Studio in Bristol for the last three years on the animated adventure The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists which is now on general release in cinemas. Jonny share's his experiences working with Aardman in an interview on The Pirates!Band of Misfits Crew Vlog:

"Peter Lord briefed me for the Pirate with Prosthetics during my first work visit to Bristol. He described him as a particularly unlucky pirate, with a variety of prosthetic additions, and that was about it. So I started off with a very scrawly sheet of ideas, from the practical (like a ‘fishing rod attachment’) to the downright silly (erm, ‘ship biscuit ear’?). Then Pete and Jeff looked over the first sketches with their wonderful eyes (the lucky blighters have more than one each which is testament to the relative safety of animation when compared to pirating), and sent me an email with lots of feedback, such as “Wooden teeth are a great idea”, “I wonder if you could design a head that has both the innocent simplicity of the first head, with some of the craziness of the second” and “I like his hook and the sort of wooden hinged arm that goes with it. No idea how it’s meant to move, but somehow I don’t think anybody’s going to worry about that! I read the feedback and got on with another sheet of drawings.  This time I could pick the bits I liked from the first sheet, mix them up, and work with Pete and Jeff’s feedback and what they liked to create something which gets us a bit closer to a suitable design. Pete looked at the new sheet, and said the body was looking good and his favourite head was the one in the middle. So then I did a colour one in Adobe Photoshop, combining the body and the head that Pete liked. The proportions are a bit awry, and the colours changed for the finished puppet, but amazingly the Pirate with Prosthetics was pretty much done. All that was left to do was a turnaround, showing him from the front, back and side, and then the drawings were sent off to the model-making rooms, where the sculptors work their magic to bring it all to life."

Jonny Duddle is represented by Arena

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