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All I want for Christmas....

Christmas is here, it is the time for party, all the good comfort food, warm fire in the fireplace, and the holiday season break after a busy year. The Creative Clinic remains open for any emergency project. We have concocted you, with love, a newsletter filled with amazing projects. Good reading and an immense thank you for your loyalty in 2016. Best wishes from all the Colagene team!

This month: Damien illustrates the shopping article for the Express Styles magazine, Antonio's characters savour spirits, Silkecreated an illustration for the 2017 astrology of Cosmopolitan France, Andi makes the cover of The Washington Post, Oscar illustrates for Honda's new advertising campaign for the Y-Pro motorcycle. and even more to discover! Also, Thomas Stefflbauer rougman storyboarder is the star of our Creative Capsule. 

Download and share the wallpaper " Birds of Quebec " signed Katrinn Pelletier.

- The 44 working "elves" and 4 agents of your Creative Clinic.

Antonio Uve / L'Express

Séries of illustrations by Antonio Uve created for an article on spirits in the l’Express magazine.

Damien Vignaux / L'Express Styles

For the second year in a row, a Colagene's artist signs the Shopping chronic of the l'Express Styles special Jewelry. Last year, it was Takeshi, and this year it is Damien Vignaux's turn.

Andi Meier / The Washington Post

With the new year approaching, The Washington Post asked Andi Meier to create the cover page which features the important moments of 2016. "The Worst Year in Washington" is illustrated entirely in clay by the german artist. Thanks for this wonderful collaboration!

Silke Werzinger / Cosmopolitan magazine

This year, the 2017 astrology of the Cosmopolitan magazine appears under the new cycle theme: the Huge Revival. This illustration is signed Silke Werzinger.

Sonia Roy / New Trail Magazine / University of Alberta

Sonia continues her collaboration with New Trail magazine by illustrating the article about The current state of how sex education is taught, and how behind the times it is.

Owen Gent / Creations and researches

Here are some of Owen Gent's last creations, filled with poetry and melancholy. Discover a poster for "Prints Charming" - an exhibition raising money for the art therapy charity Art Refuge UK, then an editorial illustration for Spatially Literate Experience Design, an illustration for How Did Hitler Rise to Power, short film for TED-Ed. Finally, an editorial illustration for the magazine Modern Reformation.

Katrinn Pelletier / Wallpaper to share and download

Katrinn Pelletier illustrates the wall paper of this month, which is entitled "Birds of Quebec", made with colored pencils and watercolor on fabriano paper! You can now buy and offer for Christmas the work of Katrinn on Etsy.  Discover the rest of her new work in January, and don't hesitate to share and make known Katrinn's work. Version desktop / Version smartphone / Version tablet

Zigor Samaniego / Nickelodeon / HALO Awards 2016

Zigor Samaniego showed us part of his talent for Nickelodeon this year. Discover his work in this animation to promote the HALO Awards of 2016. See the teaser here. Thank you to Jonas and Co for this nice project!

Stephanie F. Scholz / Air le mag

Special focus on Kardashian's family illustrated by Stephanie F. Scholz for Air le Mag (McDonald's).

Marie-Eve Tremblay / Highlights on TFO / Ontario

Marie-Eve Tremblay takes part in this beautiful series of fun, informative vignettes about Ontario and the Francophones that have made their mark throughout the years, broadcasted on TFO. Let's go and discover this province in an entertaining way: http://www.tfo.org/en/universe/highlights.

Thomas Stefflbauer / CREATIVE CAPSULE

Here's our fifth CREATIVE CAPSULE. This month, we invite you to meet Thomas Stefflbauer, american roughman living in Germany. Enjoy it!

Describe your creative lab in a few words?
It’s a small table in a corner of our big apartment. But I also love to go into coffee houses in the neighborhood and work there.

In two sentences, how would you describe your work technique?
I either start by doodling with rough brushes in Photoshop or a loose arrangement of reference material. Then I work in many layers in order to be able to change things later on. For vector art I prefer Flash over illustrator because of its intuitive drawing process. But for more conceptual art such as logos or type-art I use only illustrator.

What is the project of which you are most proud of?
A graphic novel which hasn’t been published yet. It’s the story of my wife’s experiences from growing up in Brooklyn to traveling the middle East.

What are your favourite colors to create?
Deep, dark reds and blues with highlights sprinkled in.

Why did you become an artist?
Because I didn’t want to stop drawing ever.

In four words, how would you describe your style of illustration?
My style is that I never settled on a style. But I love to draw in whimsical flowing style with elongated, dynamic lines. I did many editorial illustrations that way in my early years.

What is the project of your dreams?
I’m doing it. It’s called "Dreamworlds". Digital paintings based on “art trouvé”-style photos. I literally aim to re-create the images I see in my dreams.

What does a typical day in the life of Thomas looks like?
I get up with my kids, prepare breakfast and work on a personal project. I’m writing stories, work on my "Dreamworlds" project or I finish my other projects. The afternoons are either for office tasks, helping my son with his homework or going to the grocery. Evenings are booked for family when I don’t have a new job coming in.

What inspires you?
Literally everything around me. I try to spend time away from the computer when I don’t work in order to be around people and nature. To me the city is nature as well.

What is your favourite blog or website?
I have to confess that it’s pinterest and speed drawing tutorials on Youtube.

Emmanuel Polanco / Management special issue

Series of illustrations and cover created by Emmanuel Polanco for the special issue Create your own business in 2017 for the Management magazine. Last year, it was Damien Vignaux who had created them about the expats.

Nicole Jarecz / Fashion research

Nicole Jarecz introduces us to her fashion searches for this end of autumn. To see her new searches, click here.

Benoit Tardif / Talent Economy magazine

In Talent Economy's winter issue, see the story of how Ryan LLC, the tax firm, switched from a long history of demanding in-office hours to a total flexibility on schedules. The magazine worked on making this article one of a kind using Benoit Tardif's illustrations.

Kelly Schykulski / Effectif magazine

Always on target with colorful and conceptual illustrations, Kelly continues his collaboration with the magazine Effectif, published by the Order of Accredited Human Resources Advisors (CRHA).

The Colagene experience according to our clients.

Colagene are one of the most organized agency with on top, agents responsive, efficient and pleasant. Working with Antonio Uve was a joy and we were thrilled with the results.
Claire Dawson, Co-Founder, Creative Director, Underline Studio

Fonfon’s team loved working with Marie-Ève. A talented illustrator who knows how to add a lightness to the most sensitive stories.
Véronique Fontaine, Fonfon Editions