Art Direction: Shimmer and Shine

9Below are a few of my responsibilities as an Art Director when working with book cover art. I get the ball rolling by creating a concept sketch for approval. Then, another artist takes that sketch, creates a tight drawing and submits it for feedback. I’ll give overlay notes and suggestions and then final art is created. Most times I’ll get to add some final touches like lighting enhancements or small placement shifts of characters or props.

 

character mash ups

Lately I’ve been having some fun with creating popular character MashUps and posting them on my Instagram page (@anthonyconleyart). I ask my followers which MashUps they’d like to see and then select a few suggestions to create.

Coming from the world of consumer products, I’d often get tasked with creating fun, new ways to interpret character art and interesting ways to use them graphically.

Donatello (TMNT) + Dora the Explorer

Pearl (Steven Universe) + Xerneas (Pokemon)

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Popeye + Batman

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SpongeBob + Sandy Cheeks + Patrick

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Mickey + Goofy + Donald

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Tom+Jerry+Spike

Random Fact

Random fact: While I was with Nickelodeon, my art team was asked to add flames to an already completed illustration of SpongeBob. We had no idea what this was for but soon after, I saw the art featured in the Moschino collection. Pretty cool.

Flick and Chester

Flick and Chester was an exciting, character rich game concept that I designed with my friend, Warren Lee to be pitched to Nickelodeon games. It was modeled after the classic game, Snake. The squirrel character, Flick and his chipmunk buddy, Chester run through levels collecting acorns that trail behind them, while avoiding obstacles and baddies. Like classic snake, you don’t want to collide with the trail that follows you so while moving around the board you try to collect power-ups which shorten your trail.

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