Popular cartoon illustration
I’m a big fan of cartoons, animated motion pictures in particular. So, Pixar, Disney and DreamWorks are at the top of my list when I want to enjoy some fun, insightful “moving drawings”. Animations are hella hard to create. There are thousands of hours and hundreds of people involved. Not to mention how much trial and error it takes to get the right character movements and expressions in brief scenes that last mere seconds.
I agree that animations, along with children’s books are the hardest to illustrate. It takes a special kind of talent to connect with a young audience and, at the same time, captivate the tired, bored adult. One such illustrator is able to render complex emotions, project life in its essence and still give you the giggles.
I can include in the club of akin intuitive people Gabriel Soares. He is a Brazilian, freelance illustrator from Sao Paolo, specializing in character design, applied in the form of cartoons.
It is amazing how little information I found about him. Conversely, he has a large following on both Facebook and Instagram. His posts have thousands of likes and hundreds of comments with people impressed by his drawing skills.
He works with watercolor inks and excels at digital portraits, as well. The subjects are famous tv, movie and cartoon protagonists. Thus are the Joker, Harley, Wolverine from Logan, Emma Watson as Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone from La La Land and more.
From his work, I gather he has a preference for the traditional medium of watercolor painting. The canvas effect his digital designs have gives him away, I guess. The caricature style of the illustrations are cute, expressive. They perfectly capture the personality of both the actors and the characters they play.
I look at his creations and I instantly go back to my childhood, reliving that fascination for cartoons with the enthusiasm only a child could feel. For a few moments, disbelief is suspended and you step into a world of pure happiness, love and joy.