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JULY 2017
 

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Once again a small group of courageous international talents from the fields of illustration, animation, arts and design, have the chance to embark on a unique adventure, explore new character territory, expand their skills, and further develop their own projects in close collaboration with world-leading visual artists and creators:

PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY
MASTERCLASS BERLIN


23 September – 01 October 2017

We are proud to announce that JON BURGERMAN has joined this year's Academy Faculty to guide participants as their personal mentor, challenge them in private face-to-face discussions, and help them distill and highlight the relevance and meaning of their personal projects. The acclaimed artist, entertainer, and passionate doodler is famed for his trademark visual style, creative use of accessible materials and disrespect to genre standards. His playful encouragement of mistakes, experiments and fast-paced improvisation has established him as a league of his own—be it for a spontaneous art performance, a high profile museum exhibition, or commissioned work for prestigious brands such as Instagram, Nike, Apple or Disney.

Jon is complementing a fine line-up of top-notch PictoAcademy professors, teacher and tutors, including...



RILLA ALEXANDER
/ Character Development
Illustrator and children’s books author Rilla Alexander helps participants develop their characters and work out their main visual value via expression, posing and silhouette.

 



NATHAN JUREVICIUS
/ Character Bible
Nathan Jurevicius empowers participants to re-fine their characters, and prepare them to remain appealingly unique throughout different media, techniques and styles.



PHILIP HUNT, STUDIO AKA
/ Character Narration
Philip Hunt, award-winning director and creative director, challenges participants to add biography and depth to their characters—enabling strong stories and memorable encounters.

 



BENJAMIN VAN OOST
/ Character Volume
Benjamin van Oost unravels the entire production process of limited edition designer toys, art sculptures and multiples in a hands-on workshop

Your journey begins this September with an intense 8 day masterclass in Berlin (including lectures, hands-on workshops, copyright seminars, screenings, excursions, panels—and a healthy daily lunch), is followed by 6 months of ongoing online mentoring, and leads up to an exclusive group-show exhibition in May 2018, presenting your work at the Pictoplasma Berlin Festival.

Keep in mind: DEADLINE TO APPLY IS THE 17TH OF JULY!

You'll find testimonials by past alumni here, general information on the 2017 Berlin course here, and all details on how to apply here!

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Should character Academia not be your priority, that's totally OK. You're next chance to minimize the educational bit (at least a little) and shortcut directly into the finest of contemporary character design and art is probably at the:

Pictoplasma NYC

6th
PICTOPLASMA NYC
CONFERENCE


17 November 2017

Pictoplasma returns to New York and The Auditorium of renown Parsons School of Design, for a day densely packed with inspiring artist talks, lively panel discussions and state of the art animation screenings.

First confirmed speakers include ...



AMANDINE URRUTY
(FR), Paris-based artist with outstanding drawing skills, and an astonishing repertoire of detailed graphite bestiaries and curious characters, engaged in even more curious pursuits.

 



JAMES CURRAN
(UK), undisputed master of the animated GIF, famed for his Gifathon projects: 30 beautifully crafted looping vignettes created daily during a 1 month city exploration.



SEAN CHARMATZ
(USA), West Coast animation writer/director, responsible for some of the Internet’s most viral contemporary animism under the label ‘The Secret World of Stuff.'

 



EDEL RODRIGUEZ
(CUB/USA), acclaimed Cuban American artist with over a hundred newspaper and magazine covers under his belt—and true believer that illustration has the ability to influence and inspire people in a way that words can not.

And there's so much more to come...

While we urge you to keep an eye on nyc.pictoplasma.com for updates, ticket registration goes online in exactly one week, on the 10th of July, at noon (EDT), with a cash-saving Early Bird offer limited to the first 100 attendees!


Yours truely,

peter and lars


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