CBB Festival 2014

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We had a fun time animating these creatures for Circuito Banco do Brasil 2014, an international music festival featuring artists such as Kings of Leon and MGMT. The characters full of personality were crafted by Rafo Castro.

The inspiration for creating the identity came from the visual universe of animated gifs and their irresistible loopiness and flow.

If you’d like to see more of the project and its creative process, please visit CBB Festival 2014: Animated Identity.

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Cool folks

This is one of our newest friends. We’ll be posting many others soon. Huzza!

Our oldest sketchbooks reveal that the passion for drawing monsters and creatures comes from long ago. And when we’re finally given the opportunity to animate these cool folks, it’s always an amusing process. For the last couple of weeks, a bunch of playful characters were brought to life in the studio.

Gabriel Mello Franco

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Our list of talented friends seems endless! Gabriel Mello Franco is an artist from Rio de Janeiro whose work is presented in a very peculiar style: versatile, critical and humorous. Aesthetically, it is impossible not to notice his talent for tracing and crafting visual pieces. Amidst the release of a group exhibition in Galeria Graphos, we had a casual conversation with him.

Q: How did you discover your artistic side and in which moment did you decide to follow this path?
A: I don’t exactly recall in which moment it began. However, when I was a kid, my mother was an artist and my house had paint everywhere. I really liked to go with her to the atelier. A classic story that she usually tells is that she used to call home, asking whether me or my brother needed anything, and I always answered the same thing: Chamequinho (a Brazilian brand of white sheet packages). 
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Q: Collage, illustration, painting, street art. You are very versatile. How do you, even using different techniques and aesthetics, manage to give your work such a peculiar identity?
A: I believe the main objective of my art is the message, which can be conveyed in many ways. The relationship between both is a natural thing. I don’t worry about that during the process, but something that identifies me somehow ends up arising naturally.
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Q: A keen sense of humor is pretty evident in your work, and a lot of times it’s politically incorrect. Could you speak more about this characteristic of yours and the type of message you try transmitting with it?
A: Humor is indeed a characteristic of mine. I like to fool around with friends, make people laugh and laugh along with them. I try to see things by the positive side and joke over the bad side. Because if it’s already bad, it’s better to laugh, isn’t it? Crying makes it worse. This shows up in my work.
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Q: The passion for your soccer team, Botafogo, is something that couldn’t be left unmentioned. In which way do you integrate this feeling to your work?
A: I am a very typical Botafogo fan.  I talk a lot about the past, I suffer for weeks with the defeats and I have all possible superstitions. But it only influences my work in the process. Regardless of the schedule, time or importance, the process is stopped in the middle of the afternoon on game days. Then I can even compensate time by working at dawn, but on game days I need this concentration time before and during the match.
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Q: Tell us something unusual about you. It can be a superstition, habit or any strange thing you may want to share.
A: I tend to carry a sketchbook and a “life-guarding” case with drawing materials, even though I might not use them. If I stay too long without having anything that can be used to draw nearby, I feel a little weird. This can be disrupting when I’m on the street and when I’m sleeping in my girlfriend’s house. I need to go home and pick up these things, only to sleep near them.
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Q: How do you see the art scene in Rio de Janeiro and how do you belong to it?
A: I think the art in Rio is good, very diverse. I see myself in a good path, still at the beginning and still needing to grow, but I’ve been dedicating myself to that. I’m near a bunch of good people and walking together is always better, we push each other forward.
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Q: Could you leave a visual record, be it a drawing, photo or collage, of your particular universe of passions and inspirations?

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 Valeu, Foguin! :)

バレリーナ

Our ballerina keeps bringing us good news. Our friends from Huffington Post Japan made a nice review about The Me Bird this week. Since its launch in 2013, the short film has been traveling across the globe, appearing in media and festivals. We’re very grateful to that.

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Bang Awards 2014

On June 6, 7 and 8, Torres Vedras was lit up by Bang Awards. The gorgeous historical city, which is 30 minutes from Lisbon, was the stage for the highly awaited festival.

Lights and visuals at the medieval castle of Torres Vedras

Lights and visuals at the medieval castle of Torres Vedras

Carefully planned in every detail, the festival encouraged participants to explore the typical and charming local alleys in a truly immersive experience. Inside each of the multiple exhibition rooms, scattered throughout the city’s monuments, one could witness a wide overview of relevant audiovisual achievements from Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Screenings at S. Tiago Church

Screenings at S. Tiago Church

Torres Vedras and its surroundings

Torres Vedras and its surroundings

Being the main theme of this edition CrossWorlds, the organization tried to incorporate this same spirit to the actual experience of participants. In the main scenario, the impressive medieval castle, authors from different parts of the world shared the experience of their accomplishments and strengthened the ties of friendship between their countries.

Bang Staff and film authors at the awards ceremony

Bang Staff and film authors at the awards ceremony

The year’s big winner was the short Puzzled (01’51”), directed by the irreverent duo Timo Hensen and Jay Lee, who were able to transform a delicate topic such as prejudice into a sensitive and innocent children’s game. You can watch the animation here.

18bis would like to thank for the invitation the entire Bang staff, especially Cátia, Ulisses and the City Council, who received us dearly, reaffirming the welcoming character of the Portuguese people.

The Me Bird, finalist of the Open Theme category, screened at the castle

The Me Bird, finalist of the Open Theme category, screened at the castle

Finally, a special hug to the attending authors, which made ​​the event even more fun to experience: Carolina, Cláudio, Daniel, Diego, Gustavo, Hélder, Jay, Luca, Ramon, Timo and Yaniv.

Long live Bang! :)

Interview with Vicky Zamora

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Life is getting way too boring? No need to worry. If it depends on our friend Vicky Zamora, everything will be ok! Vicky is a talented artist from Chile with a style all of her own: vibrant and joyful. With a personality that totally matches her style, Vicky has won many contests and lately has been working a lot on international collaborations. We had a blast talking to her and are pleased to have her work showcased here.

Q: What was your professional aspiration as a child and how do you think this is related to your current career as an illustrator?
A: As a kid, I dreamed about being a detective. I was very curious and had a great imagination. I’d go through the neighborhood with my bike looking for mysteries. I remember an abandoned mansion, next to the house where I grew up, which was said to be haunted. I’d pass by it with my sisters and look through the windows, to see what was inside. Also, in my school, which was a very old building, there were many hidden doors and stairs. One time, we got to an inner yard through an underground passage. Then we realized it was the private place where the nuns who ran the school lived. In general, I believe I owe much to my parents, who encouraged us to play non-electronic games (I had my first Nintendo at 25) and to play in nature.

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Q: Where do you get inspiration when you’re away from the office?
A: I think there are many things in life that inspire me everyday ranging from a conversation on the subway to the contagious laughter of a lady sitting at the next table, but I think I’m more receptive to creativity when I do things that make me happy and surround myself with people that make me happy.

Q: In order to create a piece, do you make sketches by hand or do you draw directly on the computer? Can you tell us a little about your creative process?
A: When starting an art piece, I first visualize and imagine how I would like it to be. Then I draw directly on the computer. When I have many ideas encompassing the same concept, I sketch them all on paper, for comparison. But that’s if I think there are many things to be defined along the way, while I’m doing it. There are many wonderful things that happen when you make a mistake, tremble or accidentally stain something… I love the surprise factor!

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Q: There are different opinions about having a style. Some believe it is a natural way, others believe it’s a trick. What is your opinion about this topic?
A: This is a question I asked myself for many years. I worked a long time for a retail company where we were doing household products illustrations. The work was very entertaining, we had to do many things by following trends and styles were varied. I think after 3 years working there I felt the need to find my own style, my own voice. I could draw everything but nothing had my personality or character. So I decided to study in Barcelona. The road was not easy as it takes time to get out of the styles of others and find something that is truly unique and yours. I think in my case it helped me to spend some time with myself and get to know me better. I grew up and so grew my drawings!

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Q: Tell us two people who inspire you, one inside the illustration field and other from another area, be it creative or not.
A: In Illustration, I have many references but I drag most inspiration from vintage illustration from the 50s and the 60s. I try to go to many markets and look for magazines, books and stamps for inspiration. I love the work of Jim Flora, Miroslav Sasek and old cartoons like Mister Magoo. Currently, I really like the work of Nobrow Press, especially from the very talented BlexBolex. Personally, I always find inspiration in the people I love. My family and mostly my parents are people with the most beautiful and generous heart I have ever known and they have always supported me throughout my career. Also, my friends are so varied and from so many different places and cultures that all of them end up delivering much material for me to imagine and to dream over. I think having lived outside my country for so long made my imagination limitless.

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Q: Please name us an artwork that you would like to hang on your wall.
A: I’d be happy with a Magritte in my home and I really admire his work, mainly for sticking stubbornly with an idea and working it until his last days. The conceptual game that he makes between reality and fantasy, between what you see and what you read is brutal. Seeing The Key to the Fields live twisted my brain…

Q: What do you imagine yourself doing in the next 10 years?
A: I see myself happily working on my illustration and design studio.

Q: Do you own any unusual collection or object? Could you describe it with a drawing and a short description?
A: My stamp collection! They are from different parts of the world, some found in markets and others given away. I love the Olympics theme, especially when the designer’s style is in evidence, such as Otl Aicher for Moscow 72′ and Lance Wyman for Mexico 68′. I also like stamps related to children’s stories of the 50s and 60s, especially the ones from Netherlands and Germany. They are all very colorful and perfectly simple. I have always been intrigued by the challenge of being able to communicate effectively in such a small piece of paper that will travel to the farthest corners of the world! 18bis_vickyzamora_05

Una conversa inspiradora! Gracias guapa! :)

To get more from Vicky:
Vicky Zamora’s Behance
Vicky Zamora’s Facebook
Vicky Zamora’s Blog

TNK #03

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Ahoy! Are you ready to sail away? Get prepared, because the third pick of our TNK series will try to hypnotize you! The Gold Sparrow (12:49) is a fascinating animated short that has been featured in the most prestigious festivals around the world.

Director Daniel Stessen executed flawlessly the screenplay he created collaboratively with the musicians Joshua and Noah Lit. The synopsis is quite original: In a black-and-white futuristic metropolis the Gold Sparrow and her nefarious side kick steal the color from anyone daring enough to create art. Our three heroes perform in the streets as they are hunted, battling for their souls.

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The rotoscope style animation used in the film is adorned with constant visual effects, which are crucial for the narrative. Audio effects also play an important role in this film with no voice over or dialogues.

Enjoy it in fullscreen, with headphones: