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The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Le conte de la princesse Kaguya - Isao Takahata

I recently saw The Tale of Princess Kaguya, last movie from Ghibli studio, directed by Isao Takahata. As a big fan of animation movies and Ghibli studio, it's always a great time to see their production in theatre. Based on an old japanese tale, the story has an interesting philosophical aspect but could be understood and appreciated by a large audience, like almost all the Ghibli's productions. By the way, we can find a kind of melancholia as in the last movie of Miyazaki, The Wind Rises.

But more than the story, the graphic style of the movie is really amazing. Mixing up charcoal sketching and watercolor, the design is far away from the other Ghibli movies, even if we can find a derivation from the style of My Neighbors the Yamadas. The drawing is full of life and keeps a lot of spontaneity from the hand of the animator, giving a nice dynamics. This is balanced by the watercolor coloring, with different atmospheres according to the scenes. The whole animation is great, especially on the first scenes when the main character grows up in the moutain. Nature, birds, insects, trees... are simply very beautiful. And as usual with Ghibli, the children are full of energy and their moves and attitudes almost perfect.

A great movie, with strong graphic and scenaristic choices, where animation is at its best !

Zhan Wei, chinese skate art

zhan wei is a chinese graphic designer and illustrator from Guilin. Full member of the Hong Kong Society of illustrators, his work is influenced by street art and skateboard. His style mixes up a chinese visual culture legacy (through typography and calligraphy by example) and a kind of transgression inherited from skateboard universe and underground cultures.

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A version of Ramayana by Fi for Google Chrome

For the promotion of his famous browser Chrome in Asia, Google ask agency Fi to conceive an interactive campaign. In order to show its expertise, the agency include a case study on its website. As usual with Fi, a very high level of creativity, programming technique and professionnalism.

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short animation film : Codehunters by Ben Hibon

Produced for MTV Asia, Codehunters is a short animation film directed by Ben Hibon in 2006. This director has created several animation sequences for different movies like Harry Potter, Sucker Punch or the recent Mirror Mirror. Even if the scenario don't give a lot of details, an interesting story and a nice universe give the short film a great identity.

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Blurred Faces by Yujiro Tada

Blurred Faces, a photography project by Yujiro Tada

Blurred Faces is a project created by japanese photographer Yujiro Tada. Between photography and illustration, the pictures mix up back and white photographs with watercolor drips and stains. These images could recall fashion illustration, with a very light aspect but an interesting and evocative idea.

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Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat package design by Rice Creative

This beautiful package work, designed by Rice Creative for the brand Marou has already been published on package design websites, but I can't help writing an article about it. Marou, Faiseurs de chocolat is a high-end chocolate maker located in Vietnam, founded by a small french team who aims to create great products based on local farming production.

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