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Peter de Sève is famed for his illustration work and cover art to The New Yorker since 1993. He is also undoubtably one of the leading character designers in today’s animated-film industry, and has created unforgettable characters for such block-busters such as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Mulan”, “Tarzan”, “Finding Nemo” or “Robots”.

Peter was the sole designer on “Ice Age” and its sequels, yet his character “Scrat” clearly overshadows the entire cast and turned into a world-wide icon.

Here’s a 12 minute edit of Peter’s presentation at the Pictoplasma Berlin Festival, 2010.

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Luke Ramsey is an illustrator and fine artist from Canada. He is founding member of Islands Fold, an artist residency located on Pender Island off Vancouver. His work is distinct through a continuous flow of pen on paper, which he digitally colours to strong tableaux. Human characters are set in landscapes and natural settings, mountains stare motionless and simple shapes build up to intricate agglomerations. Luke has collaborated with over 80 different artists to date and has exhibited widely in North America and Europe.

Here’s a 10 minute edit of Luke’s presentation at the Pictoplasma Berlin Festival, 2010.

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AJ Fosik creates sculptures of wood and found materials with an irresistible uncanny aura. In a process of arranging hundreds of individually cut, varnished, and painted pieces, he handcrafts artificial creatures, reduced and abstract animals with an anthropomorphic appearance. Familiar cultural icons and traditions are re-configured, confronting the viewer with cryptic symbols from overlapping sources. In such a way, AJ Fosik asks questions about the familiar and the uncanny, the relationship of art and viewer, nature, culture and history.
View a 7 minute edit of AJ’s presentation at the 3rd Pictoplasma Conference, 2009, Berlin.
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Marc Craste is a senior animation director working at Studio AKA in London.
He has designed and directed many award-winning commercials including memorable work for Orange, Compaq, Lloyds Bank and the National Lottery. His 12 minute debut short film ‘JOJO IN THE STARS’ won the 2004 BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film - alongside a host of other international awards.
Marc’s latest half-hour animated short, completed late 2008 in between commercials, is based on the book “Varmints”, written by celebrated children’s author Helen Ward. View a 10 minute edit of Marc’s presentation at the 3rd Pictoplasma Conference, 2009, Berlin.
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