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8th China International Cartoon and Animation Festival

CICAF is the biggest animation festival in China and includes the Golden Monkey King Animation Awards, an education summit, animation trade fair, project investment fair, masterclasses, conferences and Cosplay shows. The tourist destination Hangzhou is beautifully located at the side of a large lake and is rapidly becoming an important city for animation with the […]

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Making London Transport Museum Posters Move

Stuck for design inspiration? Not just for trainspotters, the┬áLondon Transport Museum has an extraordinary collection of over 5,000 posters in their online archive. Spanning a century of graphic design, the collection features posters inspired by Surrealism, Vorticism, Pop Art, Fauvism – indeed most of the major movements in painting during this period. Not only a […]

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My Giant Colouring Book

The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is a treasure trove of weird toys from creepy dolls to retro computer games. Jake and Dinos Chapman’s exhibition ‘My Giant Colouring Book’ illustrates the horrors lurking within the pages children’s dot-to-dot, colouring books. Using these books as the basis for a series of etchings, they actualise […]

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Character Design Resources

I often check out the Character Design Blog, which features interviews and showcases of work from commercial character designers in games, illustration, animation, comics and films. A source of inspiration for contemporary character design is Pictoplasma, who publish a series of books as well as running events.

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Character Design: Pumpkin Heads and Apple Heads

American artist, Ray Villafane, carves pumpkins into a variety of character heads. Check out the pictures here. Happy Hallowe’en! What he may or not realise is that he is following in a very old tradition of folk art. In the past, toys were a luxury that many working people couldn’t afford to pay for – […]

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