Talent to spare!

Surprising, filled with talent and with super diversified projects, here is your April newsletter.

This month: Pablo illustrates a fictitious festival, Silke catches us in Le Journal des Femmes, Emmanuel creates portraits of prize-winners of Business with Attitude 2018 event and Vincent Raineri livens them up, Takeshi illustrates swimsuits for We are Handsome, Oscar Llorens takes care of Google doodles ... etc. Furthermore, our Creative Capsule of the month introduces you the artist Stéphanie F. Scholz.


Also, Colagene Montreal recruits. Discover the description of the position below and do not hesitate to share!

- The artists and agents of Colagene, your creative clinic.

Pablo Pasadas / Black Eye Festival

Pablo Pasadas enriches his portfolio and polishes up his style by creating this serie of illustrations for a fictitious festival which he named Black Eye.

Silke Werzinger / Le Journal des Femmes / France

Silke Werzinger illustrated 4 double-pages of the beauty feature Colorama of the first printed edition of Le Journal des Femmes magazine, from Figaro Group. Le Journal des Femmes was originally a website.

Emmanuel Polanco / Business With Attitude 2018 / Paris

Emmanuel Polanco created portraits for the 5 prize-winners, as well as various participants for the evening of Business with Attitude 2018 awards of Madame Figaro.

Takeshi / We are Handsome

Takeshi and The Farrago worked in close collaboration on the creation of a pattern for the swimsuit brand We are Handsome

Vincent Raineri / Business With Attitude 2018 / Paris

Vincent Raineri created an intro movie, as well as all the animated slides and all the partners movies, for the Business with Attitude 2018 event of Madame Figaro. The illustrations are signed by Emmanuel Polanco.

Óscar Llorens / Google / Spain

Oscar Llorens has been commissioned by TMP Worldwide to draw 5 Google doodles about Barcelona city.

Antonio Uve / Enjoy! Transavia magazine

2 illustrations series made by Antonio Uve for The Numbers and Phrases features of  Enjoy! magazine distributed on all  Transavia flights.

Stephanie F. Scholz / Creative capsule

Here is our thirteenth Capsule Créative. This month, we invite you to meet Stéphanie F.Scholz, who was born in Japan, and grew up in Australia, and lives and works at present in Berlin. Good reading!

Describe your creative lab in a few words?
My creative lab is a large desk in a red brick old industrial building in Berlin. It has a few funny objects scattered around, a bunch of new and old books with interesting images, a collection of pens and pencils and a Wacom tablet and computer. I also like collecting patterns, colors and funny drawings by other people and hanging them on the walls around me.

In two sentences, how would you describe your work technique?
I make digital cut outs - I draw by hand or in illustrator and then cut the shapes out of many scanned papers, gradients and textures.

What is the project of which you are most proud of?
I would say I'm most proud of my work with Jacob Kramer on our illustrated children's science book called LOOKING UP. It's about observatories and telescopes, and we are trying to make it equally appealing for girls as for boys. I get to draw all these great places around the world that showcase the biggest and most high telescopes. Jacob uses really imaginative language, which inspires and makes it much easier to understand complex physical matters. It's quite a big long-term project as we've planned three other books for this series, which all also celebrate how scientific instruments act as extensions of our senses. 

What are your favourite colors to create?
Oh, I like so many different palettes I really can't say! I like how colours work together and I mostly enjoy a mixture of very bright and very muted colours. I tend to not work that much with black or white.

Why did you become an artist?
I wanted to become an illustrator because I like working with texts and making images for print, magazines and books. I also enjoy that the tasks change- it is a really varied creative occupation and I constantly learn about new things. I really love trying to come up with concepts for images, which is like riddle solving.

In four words, how would you describe your style of illustration?
Bold, colourful, geometric with gradients.

What is the project of your dreams?
Like many illustrators it's probably doing the cover for the New Yorker and I would also like to work on more science books.

What does a typical day in the life of Stephanie F. Scholz?
I get up all grumpy in the morning, have tea and read until I'm normal again and then head to my studio, which I share with a bunch of designers, programmers and musicians. I then usually start sketching, working on commissions or working on the book project if there's some time in between. I might go for a run or head to a yoga class before lunch if I have the time. And then I sit at my desk for the rest of the day. And when I'm at my desk, I always listen to podcasts or audiobooks, they are like fuel to me And usually end up meeting friends or going to the cinema in the evening.

What inspires you?
I love looking at what other illustrators are up to and I like a wide variety of styles and ideas. I also go to an art history course once a week, which often surprises and inspires me. And I find inspiration in popular science books about astronomy, biology, history or in novels.

What is your favourite blog or website?
I really like reading slate star codex and human progress. I often look at it's nice that and but does it float and also enjoy seeing illustrator's personal websites.

Zigor Samaniego / Book updated

Here are the latest Amigos by Zigor Samaniego, and other personal researches.

Takeshi / Wallpaper

This wallpaper of the month is signed by Takeshi and it is entitled Collage Compositionnal Study. Do not hesitate to share it! Desktop version / iPhone version / iPad version

Emmanuel Polanco / Institutional Investors Magazine

Emmanuel Polanco has illustrated a feature entitled "The Saudi Stanford Mafia" for Institutional Investors magazine.

Jérôme Mireault / Avenue Calgary Magazine

Jérôme Mireault has illustrated the "Packing for an alpine hut" article of Avenue Calgary magazine. 

The Colagene experience according to our clients.

We really enjoyed working with Zigor on a pitch for one of our clients. He brought a lot of enthusiasm and a real sense of fun to the work. As pitches go, we made discoveries along the way, and Zigor was incredibly flexible with incorporating new ideas and refining existing work. He was also great in the context of collaboration (as one has to be when working on a team). It should also be said that the team at Colagene was a pleasure to work with, always finding creative ways to work within the constraints of our time frame and budget. Thanks so much.
Aaron Kisner, Executive Producer, PsyOp New York