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The long sought after original is back: After the best-selling Character Encyclopaedia from 2006, Pictoplasma finally presents a brand new compilation with the latest works by the international protagonists and new talents in the field of character design. From illustration and graphic design to fine and urban arts, toys and costumes, this is the unique sourcebook for anyone creative and seeking inspiration. Featuring more than 900 outstanding artworks and individual characters by 200 international artists, The Character Compendium is one of its kind, giving insight to the current trends in figurative design. The Character Compendium features work by Raymond Lemstra, Julia Pott, FriendsWithYou, Florentijn Hofman, Amanda Visell, Brock Davis, Jordan Metcalf, Phunk Studio, Noferin, Nathan Jurevicius, McBess, Koralie and many, many more.
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Buchbeschreibung Pictoplasma Publ.; Berlin, 2012. Zustand: Gut. 382 S.; zahlr. Illustr.; 23 cm; fadengehefteter Orig.-Pappband. Gutes Ex. - Englisch. - Sehr zahlreiche Abbildungen. - The compendium you are holding in your hands should serve as a compass in the ever-expanding universe of character design and art. It follows on the heels of The Character Encyclopaedia', published in 2006 and long since sold-out, and is the latest in our series of compilations on the broader topic of figurative art. In the years between the two publications, illustration and graphic design have gained new confidence. Style and imagery have been invested with an iconic quality through which every geometric face, mask and creature, every mystically stacked totem, every hand-embroidered, despairing yeti asserts its independence. As always, though, the characters are united by their anthropomorphic appeal, which is guaranteed to disarm. This book cannot, and does not aim to be comprehensive. It may reference a coherent and encyclopaedic approach to contemporary character creation, but its main criteria is to capture its essence. As a compendium, it pin-points landmarks in the character landscape, which we hope will inspire artists to leap beyond, spawning completely new, as yet unimagined creatures in the years to follow. From the outset, Pictoplasma's goal has been to collect, compare and distil even the slightest shifts in imagery and style, allowing the constant stream of character depictions to reveal underlying Zeitgeist trends and obsessions. After their emergence as hysterically happy critters at the turn of the century, followed by their crestfallen, moribund off-spring only a few years later, we witnessed them turn surprisingly spiritual and-in recent years-white and fluffy. The globe was sud-denly overrun with luminous, woolly creatures, just featureless enough to serve as empty projection screens, yet sufficiently hairy to be huggable. But character evolution doesn't stop there, as this book reveals: once you enter the prism, you'll meet unknown life forms, psychedelic warriors and imaginary descendants of interspecies love. These characters reproduce at a furious rate, they are viral and destructive, they mosh data and distort dimen-sions, deform unicellular geometric standards and erupt into our world, where they can manifest themselves in giant proportions. It was the dawn of the digital age at the turn of the millennium that gave rise to this new breed of figurative design. The emerging characters were friendly, abstract, flat and bordering on typographic. At the same time they avoided all narrative, biographical or cultural context, allowing them to function purely in terms of appeal. They ushered in a new, minimal, yet highly emotional aesthetic that has since spread across the visual world. (Vorwort) ISBN 9783942245050 Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 1600. Artikel-Nr. 1096396