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5 4 3 2 1...GO!

5 4 3 2 1...GO! This is our energetic slogan at the clinic. Absorb the energy of the new season that is settling in. Rain or shine, at Colagene, we're your best ally for creating healthy visuals!

This month: Ëlodie creates the portrait of Claudie Bonin, our new agent in Montreal, and a campaign for Carmex, Amaël illustrates clay characters for the opening of the new Apple Store on the Champs-Élysées, Giordano goes around Tokyo for the ideal guide to Les Arènes, Silke combines photos and drawings for an Actifed campaign, Colagene presents Les Tontons Makers animation studio, several editorials and new personal researches and lastly, our wallpaper signed by Antonio Uve.

If you need illustrations or animations for the holiday season, we are at your service: printed or animated greeting cards, advertisements, editorials, corporate gifts, live events and more.
 

- The artists and reps of Colagene, your creative clinic

Ëlodie / Advertising campaign Carmex / United States

Ëlodie created this superb portrait for an advertising campaign for Carmex, produced by BVR agency.

Amaël Isnard / Apple Store / Paris

Amaël Isnard created a series of 6 clay characters for the opening of the new Apple Store on the Champs-Elysées.

New rep : Colagene Montreal / Canada

It was with great joy that Claudie joined the Colagene Montréal team a few months ago as an Agent and Business Development Manager for the North American Anglophone market. In just a few months, she has become outstanding contributor. Do not hesitate to contact her for any project. The illustrated portrait is signed by Ëlodie.

As graduate in art history from the University of Québec in Montréal, Claudie Bonin needs to be in touch with artistic fibers. She is always very enthusiastic to discover new talents in the contemporary scene. Her community implication lead her to begin working in galleries and in media where she developed an ease of communication. Her capacity to analyze images has given her recognition as an interpreter of the art. Claudie finished her university studies in Italy and returned to Montreal motivated by ideas of accentuating the development of Montreal culture abroad. Curious by nature, she widened ceaselessly her knowledge on modern art and feeds her career by her creativity. By combining both work and studies, she has set up strategies to achieve her goal and to refine her business knowledge.

Giordano Poloni / Les Arènes / France

Giordano Poloni has just illustrated Tokyo, le guide idéal by Jérôme Schmidt, published by Les Arènes.

Owen Gent / IFEX campaign / Canada

Owen Gent has created two illustrations for a pro bono campaign for the non-governmental organization IFEX (International Freedom of Expression Exchange) to defend and protect freedom of expression.

Les tontons makers / Creative capsule

Here's our fifteenth Creative Capsule. This month, we invite you to meet Les Tontons Makers, a creative studio composed of Laurent Lasserre and Romain Lier. From motion design to illustration to typography, they use both digital and traditional techniques to give the best visual solution to their clients. To try them is to adopt them! Enjoy your meeting.

Quickly describe your creative lab.
Romain: It's a pretty simple place, a desk with my laptop and a big screen, some pictures on the wall, my graphic tablet, books, and drawing materials. We meet a few times at Laurent's place to discuss projects. Laurent: An office that is a bazaar, a tablet, 2 screens, my PC and my dog who lays between my feet!

In two sentences, how would you describe your work technique?
We look for graphic references on various mediums or we start with instinct. Once the style is found, we propose a board to the client for validation, and then comes the storyboard. We then decode the entire graphic universe of the film and finally, we have the final animation.

What is the project you are most proud of?
The credits from The Minute of the Prisoner, because we had a "carte blanche" on the project on all aspects ranging from the artistic direction for the side comic strip to the animation itself where 3D projection works well.

What are your favorite colors to create?
Romain: I do not really have a favorite color. I find them more or less beautiful and interesting depending on the context and the emotion that we want to communicate. That said, I love black and white, or the combination of black and white added to a color. And Laurent: I prefer fresh colors to saturated colors.

Why did you become motion designers?
Laurent: For my part I've always loved animated films and video games. I discovered motion design during my studies where it was the premise. I loved the first time animated an object, and I have not stopped since. 
Romain: I am basically passionate about drawing and graphic design and it's always fascinating to be able to create the movement of graphic things.

In four words, how would you describe your animation style?
Graphic, modern, neat, varied.

What is your dream project?
A production where we would have "carte blanche" and could complete the team with other talents for an ever more ambitious project.

What does a typical day look like in Tonton Makers' lives?
We wake up at home, then go to our respective offices and connect to status on current projects and define the work of the day. We both like working with music. In general, we will call each other for a second status in the afternoon and when the evening comes (when there is not a project to finalize), we wind down with physical activities (Roman rock climbs, while Laurent plays indoor soccer).

What inspires you?
Laurent: I like to watch videos on Vimeo or images on Dribble to see the principles of animation or techniques that work well.
Romain: Too many things to list them! I love painting, drawing, typography, animation, ancient and modern creations, and I am a big music fan.

What is your favorite web page?
We do a lot of graphic scouting on Behance, Dribble, Vimeo and Instagram. We also follow the work of agencies and artist portfolios.

Kimi Kimoki / Life style illustrations

Kimi Kimoki shares with us her new illustrations using a vintage color palette with a modern look. We can imagine her work in a nice campaign for millennials or an electronic brand.  Visit Kimi's book here.

Tonwen Jones / The Lehigh University Magazine / United States

Series of illustrations by Tonwen Jones for Lehigh University magazine, which wanted to pay tribute to their alumni for the November 2018 issue.

Ëlodie / Irresistibles / Canada

In the Canadian grocery chain Metro, you will find jam jars from the brand Irrésistibles whose labels were illustrated by Ëlodie. This packaging project was signed by the beautiful team at Pigeon Brands agency.

David Despau / Madame Figaro Cuisine / France

David Despau illustrated 5 portraits for the Madame Figaro Cuisine special issue.

Stephanie F. Scholz / Le Journal des Femmes / France

Series of illustrations signed Stephanie F. Scholz for the article No More Shopping: Long Live the Sharing Economy in le Journal des Femmes magazine.

Antonio Uve / Wallpaper

This month's wallpaper is signed Antonio Uve. Do not hesitate to share! Version desktop / Version iPhone / Version iPad

Nicole Jarecz / Book updated

Illustrated scenes for the monthly newsletter of the perfume brand Les Senteurs Tropéziennes, produced by Les Récidivistes; accompanied by two silhouettes inspired by the fashion shows and a product illustration for the Avantages magazine. All done by the talented and determined Nicole Jarecz.

Emmanuel Polanco / The Economist / United Kingdom

Series of illustrations about Democrats for The Economist signed by Emmanuel Polanco.

Natural Resources Defense Council / United States

Aaron McConomy has produced three illustrations that will serve as a guide to hurricanes for the NRDC, which fights for environment protection.

Éric Caron / Live event for Arbor Memorial / Canada

Éric Caron created this fresco on mourning at the 22nd International Congress on Palliative care held in Montreal in early October.

 

The Colagene experience according to our clients.

Much thanks to Colagene for being an excellent rep to Emmanuel Polanco. He was a pleasure to work with. His drawings are sharp, well-rendered and clever. I also appreciated that he not only met his deadlines on time but was often early with his delivery!
Jeremy Leung, II Magazine