Playgrounds Festival in October 2019
Playgrounds is an international platform for visual arts that was founded in 2006. The Dutch renowned foundation aims to strengthen the international creative visuals arts industry and sets up several festivals with different themes per year. This October, Playgrounds launches not one but two editions of the festival and conference The Art Department.
For the third time, the industrial venue Klokgebouw in Eindhoven will host the biggest event on concept art and design in film, animation, and games in Europe. On October 3 & 4, International art directors, animators, character designers and concept artists working for Pixar and Disney and productions such as Game of Thrones and Call of Duty Infinity take you into the design process of films, animation, and games.
And that’s not all. Playgrounds proudly presents The Art Department Berlin! On 10 & 11 October they will reside in Vollgutlager Berlin. Together with several studios, Drink&Draw Berlin and of course Firestarter Magazine, Playgrounds decided to meet their audience an amazing city buzzing with creativity.
Confirmed artists include: Nelson Lowry of LAIKA (US / production designer The Missing Link), Loish (NL / illustrator and concept artist, Horizon Zero Dawn), Patrick O’Keefe (CND / art director Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Jama Jurabaev (TJK / concept artist, illustrator, Aladdin, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Terryl Whitlatch (US / creature designer, Star Wars, Men in Black), Mike Hill (UK/GE, multi-disciplinairy designer, former manager Karakter, Blade Runner 2049, Game of Thrones), John Nevarez (US, character designer, Coco), Ed Hooks (US, acting for animators), Manndy Wickens (UK, animation director, illustrator, Disney, Dreamworks), Lip Comarella (IT, vis dev, director for The Mill, Old Man’s Journey app), Izzy Burton(UK, animation director, illustrator, short film Via), Marlies van der Wel (NL, animation director, short film Emily), Nick den Boer (CND, director/animator, Deadmau5, Flying Lotus, short film The Chickening). (More TBA)
Confirmed artists include: Nelson Lowry of LAIKA (US / production designer The Missing Link), Loish (NL / illustrator and concept artist, Horizon Zero Dawn), Kevin Dart (VS / concept artist/character designer, Big Hero 6, Inside Out), Maxx Burman (VS / matte painter/art director, Godzilla, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead), The Line Animation (UK / animation studio, Gorillaz, Amaro & Walden), Patrick O’Keefe (CND / art director Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Rex Crowle (GB / Little Big Planet), Jama Jurabaev (TJK / concept artist, illustrator, Aladdin, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Even Mehl Amundsen (N / concept artist, Karakter, Ubisoft, book TEGN) and Sehsucht (GE / Mercedes-Benz, Puma, Lexus, winner of several Silver and Golden Cannes Lions). (More TBA)
And there’s more!
Tune in for Live Sketch sessions by Drink&Draw Berlin, masterclass acting for animators by Ed Hooks, recruitment at the Firestarter Job Market, portfolio reviews, Paint-over Sessions, demos by artists, expo Sketch with original artwork, sketchbooks and props.
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