Character Development

Cedric Hohnstadt for Mountainside Farms

Cedric Hohnstadt was commissioned by Mountainside Farms, a regional east coast dairy company, to help redesign their mascot for their packaging.

Cedric’s redesigned cow mascot became the official face of Mountainside Farm’s product line starting January 2017.

View more of Cedric’s work through his Play! Illustration portfolio and at cedricstudio.com.

©Cedric Hohnstadt

Powerhouse Animation Studios – Injustice 2

 

This post originally appeared on the Powerhouse Animation blog.

Powerhouse Animation teamed up yet again with Platform LA to create a cinematic social media ad campaign for the new NetherRealm Studios fighting game, Injustice 2. With fighters based on the original DC superhero pantheon, Injustice 2 reimagines your favorite characters in unusual alliances.

The Powerhouse Animation team perfected the original storyboards, adding everything from beautifully painted touches to atmospheric animation. Their Injustice 2 campaign takes the highly polished quality of the team’s motion comics and combines it with the brevity necessary for internet ads.

The result: stunning, eye-catching banners. Powerhouse Animation used Photoshop to embellish the original client storyboards and paintings and then animated & finalized the scenes in After Effects, adding special effects and a high-level polish to each ad.

Check out more amazing artwork from Powerhouse Animation through their Play! Illustration portfolio and at powerhouseanimation.com.

Bryn Barnard- The New Ocean: The Fate of Life in a Changing Sea

The New Ocean: The Fate of Life in a Changing Sea is a recently published book by Bryn Barnard. In the book, Bryn uses his surreal looking paintings in an attempt to address climate change. He focuses on six sea creatures and uses them to highlight how the children readers can take action to mitigate global warming.

Bryn describes the book as “a hard look at an uncomfortable topic in language that children can understand.”

See more of Bryn’s artwork through his Play! Illustration portfolio and at brynbarnard.com.

 

Remy Simard: Leon Poltron

Remy Simard created illustrations to accompany the children’s book, Leon Poltron. The book is about a sensitive and imaginative boy that goes on an adventure meeting interesting creatures.

Explore more of Remy’s work through his Play! Illustration portfolio and at remysimard.com.

©Remy Simard

©Remy Simard

©Remy Simard

©Remy Simard

©Remy Simard

Brian Allen: Cheech & Chong Zombies Tribute

Brian Allen created this silk-screen t-shirt illustration in tribute to the legendary Cheech & Chong characters from the movie, Up In Smoke.

Brian explains his process:

“I drew this artwork in Clip Studio Paint (Manga Studio 5) with a Wacom Cintiq.  This is inspired by an illustration I created years ago – I wanted to test out my new skills, and design something that was more fitting for a t-shirt and filled out the front more (the previous design was too square).  I also wasn’t happy with the likeness of the characters in the first design, so I drew everything from the ground up, and added a lot of elements from the films and really tried to do my best to capture the spirit of these legends.”

See more of Brian’s work through his Play! Illustration portfolio and at flylanddesigns.com.

©Brian Allen

©Brian Allen

Jannie Ho – Violet Rose and the Summer Campout

Jannie Ho collaborated with publisher Nosy Crow on her recent release from the Violet Rose children’s book series. The book, Violet Rose and the Summer Campout,  features activities, paper crafts, and stickers to make for a fun summer activity book.

See more work from Jannie Ho through her Play! Illustration portfolio and at her website.

Conceptopolis for Baby Bestiary

Conceptopolis created these illustrations for the recent Baby Bestiary book release. The book is described as “the first exploration of a new kind of adventure, the raising of young monsters to become loyal companions, beloved friends or fearsome guardians.”

See more work from Conceptopolis through their Play! Illustration portfolio and at conceptopolis.com.

©Conceptopolis

©Conceptopolis

©Conceptopolis

©Conceptopolis

©Conceptopolis

©Conceptopolis

©Conceptopolis

Brian Allen: Boy Scouts of America

Brian Allen was commissioned by the Boy Scouts of America to create these illustrations.

Brian elaborates about the project:

“I was thrilled recently to work with Boy Scouts of America illustrating their Bear, Wolf, and Tiger mascots for a catalog that went out to all troops nationwide.

We created illustrations that blended real studio photos of kids in Boy Scouts gear and drawn into a comic book background. The marketing team hired me to reinvent the existing mascot illustrations in my own style. I was a Cub Scout long ago, so it was a lot of fun to leave a little mark on the organization.”

See more of Brian’s work through his Play! Illustration portfolio and at flylanddesigns.com.

©Brian Allen

©Brian Allen