Pictology Examined

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proclaimed Illustration Week in New York City. As part of the festivities, Parsons The New School for Design will present Pictoplasma NYC, a conference celebrating the artistic creation of character design, on Saturday, November 13 from 3-10 p.m.

Featured will be lectures, panel discussions, and short film screenings that showcase the best in international character design and art.  The conference will be held at Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York. Admission is free, but registration is requested via email to pictoplasmaparsons@gmail.com. The conference was organized by Pictoplasma (below) founders and curators Lars Denicke and Peter Thaler, and Steven Guarnaccia, chair of Illustration at Parsons.

Participants include Ice Age character designer Peter de Seve (bottom), who will discuss the process of creating iconic characters. In addition, Guarnaccia will moderate a panel discussion on how creative skills developed in art school can translate into work-life projects and careers, featuring animation director Aaron Stewart, artist Motomichi Nakamura, and ornamental painter Andy Kehoe (second from bottom). In addition, two members of the Australian design collective Rinzen, known for its video and audio remix project, RMX andNew York-based designer Craig Redman will be on hand. Illustrator Nathan Jurevicius (second, below) will discuss his most acclaimed project to date, Scarygirl.

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