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Laura Tallardy – Illustrator Extraordinaire, Animation Superstar, and Conqueror of Physics

The blogmistress is officially tipping her hat to the multi-talented Laura Tallardy – her recent blog post is indeed EPIC, with phenomenal explanations of the processes behind her latest project, “Princess Birthday Party Puzzles” – not to mention a fantastic collection of imagery and gifs to really give the reader a sense of how this massive project ultimately came together. WOW.

Take a look here for a really spectacular behind the scenes – you’ll be so happy that you did!

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!!

It seems like everyone has been overtaken by soccer football fever, and we thought that it might be fun to compile some game-related imagery by a few MGI artists who are always on the ball (SORRY!).

So let’s get started, shall we?? It’s game time, and we’d like to present, in no particular order…

Judith Drews:

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Valeria Petrone:

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Philippe de Kemmeter:

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Guido Scarabottolo:

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Maurizio Quarello:

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Laura Tallardy:

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Anson Liaw:

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Josée Bisaillon:

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Thanks for having a little fun with us!

3×3 Pro Show – Our Winners!

The illustrious 3×3 Pro Show has announced the medalists/winners/champions/heroes of their latest context, and we are very proud to announce that a few talented MGI’ers have been selected/chosen/appointed once again!

René Milot was awarded two “merits”:

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 Gaby D’Alessandro was awarded an “honorable mention”:

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Paul Garland also received an honorable mention: PG-HonorableMention

And two “merits”:

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And last but not least, Valeria Petrone also took home a “merit”:

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and – DRUM ROLL PLEASE!! – she was also awarded the GOLD MEDAL!

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A huge congratulations to everyone, and also thank you – you always make us look so good!

Goodnight, Dadas!

Valeria Petrone’s charming illustrations for children have recently found a new life, as she’s collaborated on an adorable new app, “Good Night, Dadas!” now available on iPhone and iPad.

Our hero, Matthew, wakes up in the middle of the night feeling afraid of the dark. However the “Dadas” – a motley crew of adorable superheroes – are here in the nick of time, ready to save the day!

Take a look here to see additional imagery and take this awesome app for a test spin!

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Le Menu by Rick Tulka

Followers of Rick Tulka’s life and work are undoubtedly familiar with the fact that the prolific artist has been a longtime regular of Parisian Brasserie “Le Select,” hanging out at ‘his’ table while sketching other patrons:

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So it’s perfectly fitting that the famous establishment would ask Rick to illustrate their new menu:

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Oh la la! The new design totally embodies Parisian charm and sophistication – bravo, Rick!

Free Animation Software

What a tremendous opportunity for animators and aspiring animators alike – Pixar has recently announced that it will be releasing its in-house rendering software, RenderMan, to the public for download, free of charge.

RenderMan has been used in the films Toy Story and Wall-E and at $500 a pop for commercial use, this generous release is particularly wonderful news for the starving artist set or the endlessly frugal.

You can learn a bit more at Gizmodo, and be sure to sign up for your free software.

Image by Guido Scarabottolo:

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