Meet Roberta Zeta and her lovely feminine illustations

The feminine figures in Roberta Zeta‘s illustrations are one of a kind. There is a consistently genuine vibe of attitudes and femininity in those detailed pencil lines and broad watercolour brushstrokes. This is the kind of combination we can’t get enough. We reached out to her and discussed the origin of such a unique approach.

Hi Roberta! Please tell us about who you are and what you do.

I was born in a small town in northern Italy, near the mountains. After high school, I took a master degree in Law at the University of Padua. I realized pretty soon that I wasn’t cut out for the lawyer career, and I always kept on drawing and studying illustration.

As much as my parents should look at me as a dazzle creature lost in reality, I was exploring life instead. Back in those years, I got a lot of funny and unexpected jobs that allowed me to survive economically, but moreover, they opened a window onto mankind.

One of my favourite jobs was organizing and managing gigs for independent bands. Concerts were spectacular occasions to see young people from different evironments intersecting with each other, and for me there wasn’t a better way to study faces, bodies, attitudes and details. All the rest of my time I kept drawing what I was watching, and attending higher level illustration courses.

Amazingly, someone thought that my drawings were interesting and started commissioning illustrations. Since then, I have never stopped working.

Last year I moved to Helsinki with my boyfriend and my dog, and I’m enjoying living there.

Could you share some insights into your current illustration style?

I have always loved fashion and feminine figures. Drawing in particular has been my favourite game since I was 3, I guess. I adore spending time shaping small details on faces, hands, hairdos, fabrics. I did it for such a long time. I’m quite fast nowadays, but I also experimented a lot before getting here.

During my college years I used to draw grotesque portraits of senior-year students (a very old and beloved tradition in Padua), which trained me to detect expressions on people’s faces and allowed me to use new perspectives, with total freedom. After that, for some years, I tried not to draw human bodies and just approached the world of children’s books. I had some fun with crows, toads and ladybirds, but eventually one of my teachers made me realize that I was always sketching some female figures and told me to do what was so natural to me. Amusingly, this took me a while.

I would say I found my style by mixing the attitude to draw “precisely” with my need to give it “air”: if I execute a face thoroughly, then I just sketch the rest. Over the years, I refined this technique of juxtaposing detailed and loose artworks.

That’s fantastic! Could you describe your illustrating process?

Every illustration invariably starts with pencil on papers. Inspiration comes from people, movies, pictures, books… As soon as I come up with an idea, I search for subjects among my archive of pictures and old magazines. Because at the beginning, I always need to see the “real thing” in front of me, just like in the old times. In most part of the cases, they’re teen girls. I find teenage years very fascinating. When I draw them, I pay attention to their expressions and attitudes. Differently from what I needed to do during my college years, now I really enjoy describing their emotions in a composed way. This probably reflects a bit of my own transition from adolescence to maturity. When the pencil drawing is finished, I start to think about colors. I literally play with acrylics and watercolors, randomly, until I’m satisfied with the results.

How do you think being featured on Kuvva platform will help you?

I think to be featured on Kuvva will give me the chance of approaching and confronting with new styles. I love to browse the collections, and being part of a community crowded with such amazing artists makes me proud but also challenges me to do my job always better. And did I mention that my skin is sooo much glowing now? : )

And last but not least: do you have any future project in mind?

I’m working on an “italian” project right now, but I can’t say anything else about it. Aside from commissions, I’m always busy on my personal drawings, and doing visual researches for Picame Mag.

Thanks Roberta!

Scroll down to see all the awesome artwork Roberta has for licensing on Kuvva!

“Toothpaste”

“Chocolate”

“Hope”

“Courage”

“Juice”

“Make Up”

“Red Coat”

“Wine”

“Watermelon”

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Meet Roberta Zeta and her lovely feminine illustations

Aymeric Kevin: the wizard of background art

Background in animation is more than just setting up the context.  Through the manipulation of light, shadow, perspectives, colour palettes, the background artist lies the very foundation of an animation’s tone and voice. The most famous example is probably studio Ghibli’s work. Their production features simple-drawn characters with one or two shades of colours but with extremely detailed atmospheric background.

It takes an amazing skillset to achieve these fantastic background arts. Today we would like to introduce you to Aymeric Kevin, a very talented artist working in art-direction, illustration, visual development, and background art. Actually, he is one of the GOBELINS grads who produced the grad short animation, “Le Royaume”, with the most views on YouTube.

Currently Aymeric is living and working on video game and animation productions in Japan. With his skillful digital painting skills, Aymeric has painted some of the most gorgeous backgrounds we can’t take our eyes off. Here are some of his latest work:

“Spring in Sakuragaoka”, a nice neighborhood where Aymeric lived with his wife in Japan.

“Ping Pong” the animation’s backgrounds.

Early concept art Aymeric did as Visual Develoment Artist for “Rayman Legends”.

A freestyle illustration for “Kick-Heart” the animation.

Some concept arts for “FENRIR” the short animation.

You can follow Aymeric’s work on his blog, Tumblr and Twitter.

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Aymeric Kevin: the wizard of background art

Octavi Navarro: The artist does pixel art justice

“Hats off to anyone who works in pixel art regularly. It’s crazy tough.”Robin Davey

Although being often perceived as being inferior to vector visuals, pixel art is in a league of its own. Many of us geeks love it for its connotation of classic video games in the 80s and 90s. The game art of “Hyper Light Drifter” and “Space Age” we featured previously are prime examples of this group. But many also love it for the surprisingly rich creations it can have despite the heavy limitations. Today we have Octavi Navarro, a Spanish illustrator, self-taught painter and pixel artist based in Barcelona, who resonates with this second group and creates his own project called “Pixels, Huh”. In this undertaking, Octavi mixes his own painting techniques with some of the restrictions of classic pixel art, which results in fantastic artwork that has its own story world with unique characters.

See some of our favourites here, and make sure to follow Octavi on Behance, Twitter and Tumblr for more great pixel arts to come!

“Midnight Carnival”

“Moon Base” before

“Moon Base” after

“How I Met Your Grandfather”

“Maybe We Should Go Back”

“The Tip Of The Iceberg”

“The Tree”

“The Secret”

“Close The Gates!”

“Cats”

“The Pumpkin Costume”

“1979”

“1979” Timelapse

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Octavi Navarro: The artist does pixel art justice

“Phantom Power” – The mesmerizing music animation

It’s rather rare for music videos to be realised as animation. But after seeing “Phantom Power” by Brighton animation and illustration studio Persistent Peril, I just wonder why not?

This gem is based on the song “Phantom Power” taken from the UK indie-pop band Diagrams‘ record Chromatics. The music video tells a compelling story of a man going through a breakup and how he put an end to it.

“Phantom Power” features charming illustrations by Garth Jones: a carefully chosen color scheme with pastel characters contrasting with dark backgrounds, a minimal and apt use of negative space, clean and lively character designs. Combined with skillfully crafted animation, Persistent Peril has put the quirky illustration in the spotlight and created a dynamic narrative, which reflects perfectly the emotional roller coaster of a man going through his past to decide his present.

Do I want to see this more often? Definitely!

The making of “Phantom Power”

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“Phantom Power” – The mesmerizing music animation

Animated short pick of the week: “Myosis”

GOBELINS is one of the most prestigious schools in the world when it comes to animation. Their graduates’ capability of storytelling is impressive despite the relatively short format. We want to showcase these talents by introducing you to some of the best animated shorts out there made by the graduates.

After “Trois Petits Points” and “Floating In My Mind”, we’re thrilled to present “Myosis” to you this week. This spectacular work of art is co-created by 5 students: Emmanuel Asquier-Brassart, Ricky Cometa, Guillaume Dousse, Adrien Gromelle, and Thibaud Petitpas.

By definition, ‘myosis’ is the constriction of the iris which decreases the diameter of the pupil. It’s an unconscious phenomenon which can be triggered by an intense light, fear, or the effect of epiphany. With the GOBELINS grads, ‘myosis’ is not only an unconscious phenomenon, but also the magnificence of the violent moment of revelation. Running through this animated short is a love story of passion, destruction and reconciliation fully takes shape and engulfs the audience in an endless ride of reflection and contemplation. What plays for 3 minutes seems to last forever.

The cinematography is extremely stunning with immaculate control of the colour palettes and seamless sequences of powerful visuals. Every frame stands beautifully on its own, yet fuses perfectly into an epic masterpiece.

The making of “Myosis” by Adrien Gromelle

The making of “Myosis” by Ricky Cometa

The making of “Myosis” by Guillaume Dousse

The making of “Myosis” by Emmanuel Asquier-Brassart

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Animated short pick of the week: “Myosis”