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What a huge Back to School!

Java, Colagene's mascot - a young Hungarian Vizsla - is in Montreal with the agents' team. He likes to attend to brainstormings for the preparation of the 15 years anniversary of the agency! The whole thing is kept secret at the moment but we're preparing you beautiful surprises for the beginning of 2017. Meanwhile... This month:

Eramet, world leader of alloying metals confides its annual report to Silke, a great campaign for Les Producteurs de Lait du Québec, David makes the fans of Star Trek happy, a coloring sheet with numbers done by Jérôme for a yummy vermouth, Benoit has been chosen by Vrak, Anne presents us her creative girls collective and we let you read the rest. Download and share the wallpaper "WOW" signed Zigor Samaniego.

- Les 44 image surgeons and 4 agents of your Creative clinic

Quebec's milk producers

Colagene is proud to partner once again to Quebec's milk producers' wonderful campaing, produced by Lg2. Many visuals were created by artists of the Clinic: Andi Meier and his original clay illustrations, Benoit Tardif's playful universe, Antonio Uve's spanish charm, and Jérôme Mireault's master touch. A huge thank you for this solid collaboration.

Silke Werzinger / Eramet annual report

Various scenes illustrated by Silke Werzinger and composed of various elements concerning applications and markets of products for the annual report of Eramet, world leader in alloying metals, particularly manganese and nickel, and in high-quality metallurgy.

Andi Meier / Grenade&Sparks 2016 calendar / Paris

Here is the month of September of the 2016 calendar of the agency Gernade&Sparks, created by Andi Meier in clay. Last year, illustrators of the Creative Clinic had participated in this calendar.

Raphaël "Mydeadpony" Vicenzi / Meeting JASMIN Fine Art Exhibition / Los Angeles

You had already had a sexy foretaste last month, here are the pictures of the Meeting JASMIN Fine Art Exhibition at Ace Gallery on July 14th 2016 in Los Angeles, where we can find the remarkable work of Mydeadpony.

Jérôme Mireault / Rouge Gorge / Cider Vermouth

It is our great pleasure to unveil the project for which Jérôme Mireault had the chance to work on. Rouge-Gorge, produced by the orchards Vergers Lafrance, is a cider vermouth of which the packaging and identity were created by the agency Polygraphe.

David Despau / Star Trek

Fan of Star Trek? This year, the saga of Paramount Picture celebrates its 50th anniversary. David Despau created diverse promotional pictures and packagings for the collection The Wrath of Khan. 

Anne Cresci / The collective Animal créatif / Lyon, France

As a very active ex-Parisian in the world of illustration, Anne Cresci is delighted to join the collective Animal créatif, whose artistic direction is followed by Nathalie Dupuy, the collective's founder. We are fans of the series " La Meute" created for  the collective's image!

Benoit Tardif / VRAK.TV / Québec

Carte blanche for this creation signed by Benoit Tardif, which you can find in the promotionnal video of the new show "Pl>y", airing on VRAK.TV. VRAK is a TV channel with series, web content, as well as unique, funny and audacious videos.

Jukebox and Avant-Garde breweries / Montréal

In the eyes of the two founders of Jukebox and Avant-Garde microbreweries, beer is an art. That's why they wanted to partner with experienced illustrators to create visuals that are both creative and evocative, different and impactful. The fusion of art at its best! Beers : La Mélodie (Katrinn Pelletier) ; Jazz (Anne Cresci) ; Distorsion, Double-distorsion and the Blonde Pale Ale (David Despau) ; La Funk & la Furie (Kelly Schykulski) ; Les Vivants (Aaron McConomy).

Ëlodie / New illustrations

Ëlodie presents us 3 new creations; the first one is an illustration of the movie Romeo + Juliet of 1996 realized for the exhibition 20 years later in Gallery1988 in Los Angeles which took place last July. The second is an illustration based on the movie Lolita de Stanley Kubrick of 1962. And the third one, an illustration of the Trianon of Versailles in the Christmas time.

Zigor Samaniego / Wallpaper to share and download

Zigor Samaniego, new 3D artist at the creative clinic created the wall paper of this month. It's entitled WOW and was created from churros! Do not hesitate to share it and to talk about Zigor's work.
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Véronique Joffre / Véronique Joffre / Creative capsule

Here is our second CRÉATIVE CAPSULE novelty launched this summer. This month we invite you to meet Véronique Joffre, French artist living in London and working paper cuts. Great discovery, and do not hesitate to share around you to make her work known.

Describe to us your creative lab?
My workshop gives onto the garden where from I perceive cats, birds, squirrels and sometimes even foxes! My desk is quite simple but it is surrounded with images, books and with pictures that I like looking at, they help me to immerse myself into the creative process. And on top of that, papers, markers, scissors and tubes of glue!

In two sentences, how would you describe your work technique?
I work mainly in paper cuts, I have my stock of colored papers and other that I create with markers for more textures. A little bit in the style of a sculptor, I cut the shapes with my scissors directly from the material, from the mass, then, either I create all the elements separately then I assemble them on Photoshop (to have a bigger freedom in the composition set), or I stick the whole work directly (to have complete originals).

What is the project of which you are most proud of?
I recently published my first youth book as author-illustrator, Imagier mouillé published by Thierry Magnier. It is a picture book for toddlers, on the theme of the water and animals, who plays on the associations of words (that rhymes in french) as "lac/flaque", "mare/marécage", "goutte/rosée", "rivière/cascade", etc.... I was eager to create an album mixing the playful, graphic aspect and the educational side to learn the kids some of wonders of nature!

Which are your favorite colors to create?
I really have no favorite colors, what guides me it's what takes place between themselves, the way they interact and vibrate oned with the others! But I like the vivid, often primary colors, the strong contrasts that a small touch of grey comes to calm and balance!

Why did you become an artist?
I don't know if we really become an artist, we are all when we are a child, some stay, other not. I just made the only thing which always carried me: visually create, play with colors, shapes, to tell, to evoke, to take some pleasure (even if it is not always easy) and try to also give some!

In four words, how would you describe your style of illustration?
Simplicity, balance, colors, cutting.

What is the project about which you dream?
A project which offers lots of freedom, a creative challenge, a beautiful visibility, a harmonious and constructive communication with the client with comfortable deadlines and a great budget ; -)!

What looks like a typical day in the life of Véronique Joffre?
A clever mix of: lot of work, hold deadlines, or create new images, try new graphic tracks and then a little cooking, tea breaks, some phone calls, a hint of waste of time on social networks, little bit of pilates, some gardening and some cuddles to my cat! And of course on weekends, it's often the pub and art exhibitions!

What inspires you?
So many things! Nature, animals, colors, naturalists, textures, la garrigue, stones, Matisse, rosé wine, Bonnard, Willy Ronis, Jane Goodall, David Attenborough, Daniel Barenboïm, Christine and the Queens...

What is your blog or your favorite web page?
A site I like is the English collective NousVous formed by three talented illustrators, their universes are very inspiring! http://nousvous.eu/

Emmanuel Polanco / Steppenwolf Theater's poster / Chicago

You wonder who was the lucky one? Emmanuel Polanco kinked John Malkovich who hung his work - one of the 40 print poster for the 40th anniversary of the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago - in the magnificent bathroom of the actor! John Malkovich speaks about it with his words, which you can listen to and see here.

And the icing on the cake, this poster won already 1 prize at the Competition 2016 Communication Arts ' annual Design and it is also in the running in the CLIO Awards on 2016.

Anne Cresci / Avantages magazine / Paris

Anne Cresci's illustration for Avantages magazine about five new "tribes" of women of today: sharers, vegans, mumies, makers and Millenials.

Pablo Pasadas / Avantages magazine

Here is 3 collages on the food theme for the article local Spécialités locales, je craque ou pas ? of the magazine Advantages. Pablo Pasadas illustrated a Tour de France of the local specialities of the various regions.

Nicole Jarecz / Lord & Taylor / Fall/Winter 2016 / Michigan

During an evening, Nicole Jarecz played fashion designers for Lord and Taylor by drawing live silhouettes of the new Fall/Winter 2016 collection.

Sonia Roy / Best COLLAGE artists from SAMPLE magazine

Sample magazine, which puts forward the best Collage projects worldwide, selected 14 artists of 14 countries for its special Collage Design issue. We are proud that Sonia Roy is one of the members selected.

The Colagene experience according to our clients.

As a first-time user of Colagene, I was very impressed by the variety of artists and styles of artwork they represented. Right away I could tell that Kelly Schykulski’s style would meet the requirements and style my client was looking for. We were not disappointed with the end result – it was exactly the festive and fun look we wanted for the front cover of the company magazine.
Jasmin Uhthoff, Communications Consultant