Friday, 20 December 2013

2013 in a nutshell!

We selected a few of the great projects and people that made 2013 such a great one, hope you enjoy!

We launched two exciting new divisions; The Pod and The Playroom. The Pod is where we nurture new directing talent and The Playroom is where we showcase our interactive art projects. Check out Nuformer's Interactive Window!

The year started off with The Penny Sale and ended on Snail Gel! We are very proud of our prolific and ongoing campaign for Holland & Barrett with Pod director Steven Lenton, with more to come in 2014.

Aakash Nihalani joined our roster this summer and created an exhibit at Picasso HQ - hence the fantastic tape art evident all over our building. (We are never repainting!)

Remy Dupont directed his first commercial for Goodwill with Saatchi NYC. A charming charity spot encouraging everyone to donate their 'stuff'.

Graphic Artist Si Scott joined The Pod, looking to expand his talents further into the moving image arena.

Iria Lopez joined The Pod with her award winning film Jamon and her beautiful illustrations, from which Picasso exhibited her 'People on the Tube' series.

Peter VaƧz's charming film Rabbit & Deer has won over 30 awards worldwide in the last 12 months. Peter's film magically fuses stop motion and 2D animation and has enchanted audiences worldwide.

We also travelled quite a bit this year;  The Saline Project directed and animated a fun campaign for Panda Express in NYC and LA.

and FAQ created three short films for Emirates Aviation Experience by the O2, which we filmed in Dubai and animated in-house.

In Branding and Ident work; weareseventeen created a whole new graphics package for BT

and Rain or Shine created this vintage circus style teaser for C4's British Comedy Awards.

The year was jam-packed with lots more exciting projects, too much to choose from! Have a browse through our website to view more and explore. We are as grateful as ever for our wonderful Directors and Artists and Producers. We look forward to 2014 and whatever is in store!

Ever wondered what Santa does in his down time? Here's Jens & Anna's latest short film Tis the Season.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Steven Lenton helps Radley find Christmas!

Picasso director and illustrator Steven Lenton was commissioned by publisher Nosy Crow to create an exclusive, stylishly charming Christmas picture book for well known British brand, Radley.

On the premise of a new take on the classic Christmas song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, Steven and the creative teams at Radley worked to produce the perfect look and feel for the book.

Once the 32 page book was ready, Steven directed a stylish trailer and a fun blooper produced in house at Picasso Pictures. Take a look at the book trailer HERE and blooper HERE

The book was published on Friday 1st November and is available online and in-store at £2 from the sale of each book is donated to the Kids Company charity to support vulnerable inner-city children.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Introducing... Si Scott

We are very excited to announce that globally acclaimed graphic artist Si Scott has joined our Pod roster! Si is known for his exquisite hand drawn typography and detailed illustrations. We met up to find out what inspires him, and to find out about  his new 3D paper art and tattoos!

Picasso Pictures: What is your full name?
Si Scott: Si Scott

PP: Where in the world were you born? And where do you live now?
SS: I was born in Leeds and at the minute live on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales after years spent on and off in London, Manchester and back and forth from various places. I’m trying to decide where I next want to go next!

PP: How would you describe your style?
SS: ‘Hand Drawn Perfection’ has been said to me, which is pretty cool!

PP: How did you get into art? When did you know it was for you?
SS: I’ve drawn for as long as I can remember – I think most kids do draw - some carry on and some don’t. I always wanted to do something to do with art just didn’t know what until it happened.

PP:  What was your first experience with drawing such fine detailed lines? Was it a revelation and you knew it was your look?
SS: It came about through years of drawing type I guess – drawing type forms over and over again helped me develop a very free but controlled way of drawing. It’s kind of gone full circle now as I seem to have veered away from type and am more interested in drawing / creating other subject matters.

PP: You have been creating some gorgeous 3dimensional cut out artworks, how did those come about?
SS: I had the idea for a while to do something with my illustrations in a 3D form. I didn’t want to just get them laser cut or anything like that so started to play around with paper craft and different paper manipulation techniques.

PP: Will the drawn line art always be your preferred technique?
SS: I honestly can’t say! I just like to create and push the work into new areas whilst always keeping true to my own style. 

PP:  What has been the biggest influence in your style and in your career?
SS: Design wise I’d have to say Vaughan Oliver and the sleeves he created for 4AD – They really struck a chord with me when I was younger. I don’t really have design heroes,  but Mr. Oliver has always been and I guess always will be somebody who’s work I admire. Music, Fashion and books have also always been a massive influence on me also.

PP: What one piece of work best sums you up?
SS: It’s not necessarily my favourite piece, but I think “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ (glow in the dark) print means quite a lot to me personally as I love the song and the sentiment of that line! I also have it tattooed on the inside of my right forearm!

PP: What inspires you?
SS: Music / Books / Movies / Fashion / Nature, anything and everything really. I never seem to know where inspiration is going to come from.

PP:  Where do you see the future heading? Your hopes and dreams?
SS: I just want to keep working and creating and pushing the work into new and different areas – movies / music videos / fashion and anything else really – I just like doing the work! Oh, and almost forgot, I am currently learning to tattoo so I am pretty excited about that and where it may lead!