Rascal Character – Top 5

Blinky Bill is an iconic Australian character who stays forever etched in my childhood. Blinky is a mischievous character, who always seems to be landing in trouble with his crew Nutsy, Splodge, Flap and Marcia. Blinky was created by a New Zealand artist named Dorothy Wall, who wrote a series of books based around the adventures of an anthropomorphic koala.

Clothed in patchy red overalls and a carrying a bindle, Blinky manages to look hilarious, cheeky and loveable at the same time. His facial expressions are classic and say so much about who he is as a razcal. The tv show always had an underlying theme about conservation and protecting animals against deforestation. Who knew a kids cartoon could be so deep.

Rick Sanchez

Rick and Morty is a science fiction cartoon for adults that was originally based on a parody of Marty McFly and the Doc from Back to the Future. Rick is the eccentric scientist and alcoholic grandfather who is the main protagonist of the show. His sidekick is his grandson Morty, a socially awkward teenager who helps Rick out with his bizarre inventions and joins him on ~ZaNy~ misadventures across dimensions. Rick is cynical of everything and a pessimist who shows psychopathic tendencies towards anyone that threatens him.

Bubbles from Powerpuff Girls

The Powerpuff Girls is a cartoon about three sisters with super powers who defend their town against villains and giant monsters. The Powerpuff Girls were created by Professor Utonium in an attempt “to create the perfect little girls” using a mixture of “sugar, spice, and everything nice” However, he accidentally spilled a mysterious substance called “Chemical X” into the mixture.

Bubbles is the cute and sensitive sister. Named after her bubbly personality, her character’ ingredient is sugar. Her signature colour is blue, and she has short blonde hair in two pigtails. Bubbles is seen as kind and very sweet but she is also capable of extreme rage and can fight monsters just as well as her sisters can. She has the ability to understand multiple languages and communicate with various animals (squirrels, cats, monsters), and her unique power is emitting supersonic waves with her voice.

Ryuk the Shinigami from Deathnote

Deathnote is a Japanese anime about a high school student called Light who discovers a supernatural notebook (the death note) that falls down from an unknown dimension into his sight. A Shinigami (death god) named Ryuk grants the user the ability to kill anyone whose name is written in the book. The show revolves around Light’s attempts to create and rule a world “cleansed of evil” using the Deathnote. This doesn’t go exactly as planned and the efforts of a committed detective known as “L” try to stop him from his criminal killing spree.

I put Ryuk because I think he is a rascal. He never gives anything away to the main character and laughs devilishly at trivial things that stop Light in his quest to form a perfect world. Ryuk is quite fond for red apple as this is the only Earthly food he can eat. Despite looking like a crazy creepy monster – he is far from it. Ryuk is characterized by his constant amusement by, and apathy in regards to Light’s problems as well as his interest in humans. He enjoys seeing Light overcome the various challenges put to him, and often waits until the worst possible moment to inform him of a certain aspect of the Death Note just to get a laugh. He is occasionally helpful if it serves his own interests, such as obtaining apples or furthering his own amusement.

Tracey McBean is an Australian girl who goes to school with her best friend Shamus. Together they use Tracey’s inventions for all kinds of purposes, like school competitions and simply for fun. Tracey loves inventing over-the-top devices and contraptions and uses the caravan in her backyard for inventing. Her inventions often backfire but are amusing none-the-less. I think Tracey is a hilarious rascal because she is always using her creations to help or assist in a situation but most times it doesn’t help or work and leads to more chaos.

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El Grand Chamaco

“I first learned to draw than to write. I see with both eyes, but I prefer the left one to put to work the right hemisphere.”

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El Grand Chamaco is an illustrator and multidisciplinary artist from central Mexico. Born in 82, Chamaco has found his forte in 3D character design.

From a young age he has taken interest in drawing and creating things. As an orphan, Chamaco’s childhood and adolescence was spent pursuing his artistic talents with his grandfather. Chamaco has said that the Internet is a relatively new concept in his town and that up until a few years ago, only television had existed. Due to this, he had only cartoons to draw inspiration from. 

Sidetracking his career working as a waiter and an attendant in a grocery store, he decided to travel the world to find mentors and references that would help him form his true art and identity and voice as a creator.

At the age of 25, he returned to his home town and opened up a small school of illustration and painting, looking to share his knowledge. The school failed. Frustrated by his communities lack of interest in art, he turned away from society and built a workshop in a cottage, where he spent many years studying and perfecting his style.

After 3 years and the arrival of Internet to his town, Grand Chamaco began to exploit his talent, utilising social media and finally debut his art to the world.

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Chamaco’s characters are bright, colourful, 3D with shines and highlights, like digitised play dough with a pop aesthetic, exploring Mexican culture such as skulls and beans.

Chamaco incorporates elements of a ‘bean’ into his artwork

“I took the shape of the bean as a type of figure to use in the features of my characters. I started with the bean’s silhouette as the fundamental shape. I thought it was a very representative shape of a Mexican aesthetics, and so I included it in my work; along with the bright colours.”

Looking through his artwork and portfolio was fascinating. Chamaco’s style is so fresh and innovative, distinct, surreal, out there – all these elements combined and the end product is one of a true visionary. I respect this artist and would recommend having a look through his behance portfolio.

Chamaco’s most recent project ‘Se dibujan tuits’ ‘tweets are drawn’ envisions a way to combine social media with his drawings. He chose tweets that piqued his interest, drew them and shared them with his followers. Chamaco spends anytime between 1-4 hours on these spontaneous illustrations. You can check it out here.

El Grand Chamaco is a great example of an artist who persisted. Chamaco is his own inspiration. In his life, he had ‘failed’ several times at starting his career as an artist. Ultimately, this inspired him to work on his art first and the rest followed.

“When you see something that captivates you and makes you ask, “who did this?” it’s because the art moved you. I suppose it’s just an instant smile, but that is something important in life.”

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Bibliography

http://lauxgallery.com/el-gran-chamaco-interview/

http://www.grandchamaco.com

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Typographer 2: Hamish Muir

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Hamish Muir is a world renown graphic designer and and influential typographer from England. He has designed and created highly structured geometrical typefaces inspired by Swiss design. Muir is co-founder of 8vo, a graphic design studio in London that specialised in identity, print, publishing, packaging and information design. A year after 8vo was created, a typographic magazine called ‘Octavo’ was published.  “Octavo” became an international journal of typography that was known for it’s overt graphic experimentation.

Working in collaboration with artist Paul McNeil, he formed “MuirMcNeal” a creative studio that focuses on parametric designs and solutions to visual communication problems. Muir treats typography as a visual language and a means to communicate creatively without the addition of pictures or illustrations. The concept is distinctive, especially in the way of deliberate illegibility of the layout and crowding of the words.

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MuirMcNeil have been reinventing concepts within ‘parametric type’ design, presenting it in a way that challenges the user to interact with the work and build upon its limitations. Muir reveals the aesthetic and ideological thinking behind typography where designers are turning typographic tradition on its head and pushing experimentation into the mainstream. 

“This is how I entered the world of type design as well, learning from the genius of Wim Crouwel and other greats. What I love about their work is that they use process-based design and execute it with pure skill.” 

ThreeSix is a system of six optical/geometric typefaces designed and written by MuirMcNeil. You can read more about ThreeSix here.

There is now more freedom than ever before to create typographic expression that goes beyond the mere graphic presentation of text. Much of Muir’s work consists of LED/LCD-inspired type that is pixelish with 3d geometrical layers.

I prefer working with type over image or other media because of its direct connection to language, it’s an extension of writing and in that sense one can give things voice and tone in a direct way without the layered meanings that using image introduces.” – Muir

Muir is currently a teacher at the London College of Communication and holds typography workshops at the Porto Design Summer School

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Jamie Hewlett

Jamie Hewlett is a comic book artist, designer and director from England. Born in 1968 “The Year of the Monkey”. His most popular work is with the comic book Tank Girl and virtual concept band, Gorillaz.

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While studying in College, Hewlett created a fanzine with his friends Alan Martin and Phillip Bond called ‘Atomtan’ – this brought them to the attention of comic book artist Brett Ewins. Ewins invited them to create material for a new magazine – which then came to be Tank Girl.

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Tank Girl is an unconventional anarchic graphic novel about the misadventures of a tank-riding outlaw. Set in a post-apocalyptic society where resources are fiscal, Tank Girl fights against the corrupt Water & Power organisation. Her boyfriend is a mutant Kangaroo named ‘Booga’. The comic’s style is influenced by British Pop Culture, punk visual art and surrealism. In 1995, the graphic novel was turned into the movie and despite flopping at the box office, it gained a cult following and remains a cult classic to this day.

In 1998, he co-created the cartoon band Gorillaz with longtime friend Damon Albarn. Gorillaz. The members in the band are completely fictional. The bands 2001 debut album Gorillaz, earned them an entry into the Guinness World Book of Records for Most Successful Virtual Band. Gorillaz has performed live using hologram technology and all their music videos are animated by Hewlett and Co.

Hewlett has also designed cd covers for various bands including, Mindless Self Indulgence, Senseless Things, Cud and an illustrative comic strip for Pulp’s “Common People”. In the 90’s he collaborated with a slew of indie bands and is literally the poster boy of post-punk British Pop (say that four times really fast).

Like many contemporary artists, he is influenced by Japanese anime ‘Studio Ghibli’, sci-fi, post-punk culture and futurism.

Jamie Hewlett has a distinct style, that is instantly recognisable. His work often deals with misfits and antiheroes and features anthropomorphic monkey characters clad in bandaids, torn clothing, cigarettes and tanks. The characters he creates are rebellious and mischievous. In 2006, he won Designer of the Year from Arts Council England – Hewlett’s work is ever-evolving and each project is vastly different from the last. He has designed operas, directed videos, illustrated graphic novels and album art and runs an animation company “Zombie Flesh Eaters“.

Jamie Hewlett has not only created a personal mythology with the virtual band Gorillaz, he has also created designs for the direction in which technology and culture are going, the shape of things to come

– Chairman of Arts Council, Sir Christopher Frayling summing up Hewlett’s achievements

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BBC: Journey to the East animation by Jamie Hewlett with Zombie Flesh Eaters on vimeo