What makes a character? Some goggling eyes? An abundance of facial hair? An enormous head? Or maybe just a really small hat? The art of character design has long been a fascination here in the analogue studio – those who have visited will know this to be 100% fact, with more than a few unusual faces peering down on us as we work.
If you’re into character art there’s no better place to be than the Pictoplasma festival, so it was no coincidence that we recently found ourselves on a plane to Berlin, where the event is held each year. There were talks, animation programmes, lectures and parties. There was sunshine, shorts and sunglasses. And yes, there were a few beers involved too.
Although we didn’t manage to visit all of the 20 festival galleries across the city, we did find the time to cross off our must-see list the East Side Gallery, the Jewish Memorial and the Neues Museum. With so much going on it’s no wonder Berlin’s established such a strong creative reputation. We’ll definitely be back to complete the rest of the list, most likely at the same time next year.
If you’re interested, you can find out more about Pictoplasma here.