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16th January 2019

Worldwide Launch of GIGANTOSAURUS on Disney Junior

Jonny Duddle’s book Gigantosaurus has been made into a fantastic TV series by our clever animation friends at Cyber Group Studios in Paris. The series is directed by Olivier LeLardoux, who also worked with Jonny on The Pirates Next Door TV series. Jonny’s characters have been brought to life for the small screen by the talented animators at Cyber Group and will now broadcast to a Worldwide audience from Friday 18th January on Disney, who were production partners for the show alongside France TV.

 

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There have been sneak peaks of the show on you tube for a limited period online showcasing the theme tune, trailer and snippets from the episodes.

 

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Our four little dino heroes share their adventures with the enormous Gigantosuarus and a new cast of dinosaur characters, which Jonny also designed, we featured them in this post…

 

 

 

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Each of the four dinosaurs, Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu has their own way of dealing with the challenges of life in the prehistoric era, overshadowed by huge characters these little dinos learn to shine in their own right. Rocky is a Parasaurolophus, who is a fearless daredevil who looks before he leaps head first into danger. Bill the Brachiosaurus is quite the opposite, scared of his own shadow and is likely to retreat at the first sign of trouble.Mazu is the world’s most inquisitive Ankylosaurus and always asks the question, “Why?” And Tiny, the carefree Triceratops has fun with everything and a sunny disposition.

 

 

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8th January 2019

Pinky Malinky a Total WIENER….

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Hotter than a hot sausage and like a wiener whirlwind the long awaited Pinky Malinky animations have now hit Netflix. Pinky Malinky is a banger of a new series featuring a young boy who also happens to be a genetically mutated Hot Dog.

Our hero Pinky sees the bright side of everything, including being born a sausage and with his BFFs Babs Buttman and JJ Jameson in tow, this little wiener takes a big juicy bite out of life.

Arena Illustrator Chris Garbutt was Co-Creator executive producer and Art Director on the series alongside creative partner Rikke Asbjoern, the series being based on and inspired by Chris’s animated short of the same name produced by Cartoon Network Studios Europe, which was released in 2009. Now commissioned for a second series we look forward seeing a whole lot more of Pinky on our screens very soon.

Chris’ love affair with doodling has taken him on an incredible creative journey that has explored such a diverse range of roles within the illustration and animation industries, working in London, Paris and now Los Angeles.

Chris’ illustrations are mainly produced digitally but usually begin life as silly doodles on post-it notes. Chris has worked with a variety of clients including Disney, Dreamworks, Walker Books, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, BT, Nestlé, Aardman Animations, Oddbins, BBC, M&S, Sainsbury, Scholastic and Vodafone.

Whet your appetite by perusing these amazing stills from the series, including backgrounds and character development work.

Check out Pinky and his pals without delay over on the Netflix website

Pinky Malinky - Art Direction 'BG Design and Paint' created for Netflix by Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern

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Pinky Malinky - Art Direction 'Character Design' created for Netflix by Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern

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Background and environment designs from the Netflix Original series, Pinky Malinky on which Chris Garbutt is Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Art Director.

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Click HERE to view the official trailer

 

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You can read our Q & A with Chris HERE and we also highly recommend you check him out on Instagram and Twitter

View Chris Garbutt’s newly updated online portfolio HERE

 

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We’re going to sign off with this juicy little ear worm… you’ll be singing it for the rest of your life.

You’re welcome

 

Read more HERE on our VIDEO BLOG!

3rd January 2019

Kristyna Litten Illustrates I’ll Love You…

I'll Love You... written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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“I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown, in a rocket ship made of glass and stone… I will love you till the cows come home.”

Love knows no bounds in this heart-warming picture book, the perfect bedtime story to read aloud to the ones you love. I’ll Love You… has a lyrical and rhythmic text accompanied by Kristyna Litten‘s charming and funny illustrations. There are yaks in cadillacs, sheep setting sail, frogs on big-wheeled bikes, ants wearing tiny ant hats and much more…

I'll Love You... written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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I'll Love You... written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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I'll Love You... written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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I'll Love You... written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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Pick up a copy of I’ll Love You… written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten – published by Andersen Press this month.

20th December 2018

12 Days of Yule Matthew Land

Matthew Land’s 12 days of Yule is inspired by the Scottish countryside he so loves, you can see the robin in a rowan tree for the first day of yule and in the background the distant misty mountains. His pipers and dancers are in traditional Scottish costume, showing their tartan with pride. Matthew is at home creating wonderful animals which populate his rural farm setting with ease and humour. He works in delicate watercolour underpinned by a strong drawing style. His work has both movement and grace, we love this series particularly showcasing our favourite time of year.

Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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Matthew Land 12 Days of Yule illustrations

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18th December 2018

Step-by-Step how to draw Santa with Anna Chernyshova

As we hurtle into the final countdown to Christmas we thought we would celebrate the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod, which translates roughly to “Christmas book flood” in English. We can’t think of a better tradition than giving a loved one a book and what better picture book pick than Santa Selfie by Peter Bently and Anna Chernyshova published by Macmillan Children’s Books,

Santa is taking a break from Christmas and going on holiday instead. But it’s not easy to relax when you’re one of the most famous people in the world. From Paris and Sydney to the Great Wall of China, people recognise Santa wherever he goes. And all they want is to take photographs with him, whether he’s in the gym, having a swim or even eating his lunch. It might not be as fun on holiday as Santa thought . . .

Santa Selfie is a jolly picture book packed with humour and cheeky little festive friends perfect for sharing on a cosy evening by the christmas tree.

Grab a copy HERE!

 

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To embrace the festive spirit Anna has created a handy step-by-step guide so that you and your little ones can learn to draw Santa just as he appears in Santa Selfie. So sharpen those pencils, pour a hot chocolate and get creative. We would love to see your creation so please tweet us @arenatweet or post on Instagram tagging us arenaillustration 

 

Step-by-Step How to Draw Santa by Anna Chernyshova

 

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Wishing you all a very merry festive season from all of us at Arena Illustration.