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More ‘Bande Dessinee’

Posted in Books, Graphics, Inspiration on June 21, 2009 by eddie
Tintin by the great Serge Clerc
Tintin by the great Serge Clerc

A new project I am developing has me going back to my Tintin books.  I’ve never understand why the estate of Herge refused to let anyone continue the series after Herge’s death (although they will release countless rehashes of existing work in all manner of gimmicky format, and allow the film rights to go to  – shudder – Spielberg), especially as there are other Belgian and French artists who could have kickstarted Tintin for a new millenium.  Here’s a few interpretations…

An amazing interpretation by Serge Clerc
An amazing interpretation by Serge Clerc
Tintin by Yves Chaland

Tintin by Yves Chaland

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Fifi Lapin

Posted in blogging, Graphics on June 20, 2009 by lili

Now for a totally different style…

As part of our character design process, and especially for one of our current projects, we like to look to books, magazines and the internet for clothing reference. We try to stay away from that generic “t-shirt, jeans and baseball cap” look that defines almost every animated teenage boy. We like to make the girls look like they were dressed by interesting girls :)


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There is something about these illustrations that makes the Fifi Lapin blog addictive. I don’t even read the text,  I don’t follow haute couture, I am generally not into kawaii/cutesie designs  (I am very specific about the cute things that I like)  and Fifi Lapin’s flat, expressionless ‘Hello-Kittyesque’ bunny-ness has nothing to do with it. It’s not even about the clothing styles.

I don’t know what it is. I think I just love the whole idea of a fashionista rabbit.  (Maybe it’s sort of  like being into dressed-up Blythe dolls). I find the whole project fun and whimsical. I like the way the artist interprets the fabric shapes, textures and colors.

Via:  Fifi Lapin’s Flickr where there are lots more photos and illustrations.

Yves Chaland

Posted in Books, Graphics, Inspiration with tags on June 20, 2009 by eddie

The great Belgian artist now has an official website.  It’s all in French, but there’s a great pictorial listing of all Chaland’s published work.

Though Chaland died in 1990 aged only 33, he left a vast and amazing body of work.  Here is his take on the classic ‘Spirou’ cartoon

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We will update this blog everyday.

Posted in Graphics, Inspiration on June 12, 2009 by lili

With Twitter and Facebook taking over my life these days, I pay less attention to blogs.  But sometimes a random tweet can lead you to wonderful things and wonderful blogs.

By Kevin Dart

by House Industries, Girard-inspired

Via grain edit, a site that “is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period”  (check out the fabulous interviews with Kevin Dart, House Industries etc.!)  I found a blog about Cuban Posters.

How awesome are these –

by Oliva 1968

Oiliva 1968

by Alfredo Rostgard

by Alfredo Rostgaard 1971

It’s a shame that this Cuban Poster blog hasn’t been updated since 2008.

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