PechaKucha Presentation

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Mike Driver

Illustrator in London

Mike Driver's Cute Creations


"My creative journey started when I worked as a chef..."

In Mike Driver's Cute Creations from PechaKucha London Vol. 15, Illustrator Mike Driver has the audience "oohing" and "aaahing" to his cute as animations. As our host for the evening sums up at the end for someone who is not an animator Mike had produced a wonderful array of animations!

As you will see for yourself Mike's work is bold, bright and bustling with characters he is informed by the crossover of both digital and print.


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Computer Graphic Character Design

@ VOL 11 ON DEC 20, 2011

A group of students from computer science and fine arts departments share with us the methodologies they apply to the creation of characters in computer graphics, and how they produced two short films. (in Italian)

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A Modernist in Kawaiiville

@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

The cute -- kawaii -- culture that was perfected in Japan has now proliferated on a global scale. Why? This modernist graphic designer laments the reasons. (in English)
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More Than Cute

@ VOL 105 ON JUL 31, 2013

Debra Occhi bases her presentation on kyara bunka (Japanese character culture) via the book she is currently writing entitled More than Cute: Japanese Mascot Characters. She shares with us some of research findings on the long history of the characters and the particularities that they share, making this a truly entertaining and informing look into the world of kyara bunka.

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Totsuka's Terrific Tour of Tokyo

@ VOL 105 ON JUL 31, 2013

Illustrator Ryoko Totsuka presents her illustration work while giving us a unique and cute tour of Tokyo. (Presented in English and Japanese)

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Graphic Forager

@ VOL 9 ON OCT 12, 2012

A hunter-gatherer of images, young graphic designer and illustrator Samuel Castaño managed to overcome his shyness in order to delight us with his graphic work, featuring collage, drawing and lettering.

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Imagination in Animation

@ VOL 117 ON SEP 24, 2014

Animation professor Almog Mizrahi, expresses himself through animation, and understands what goes into the cartoons that we see. He tries to push and challenge his students, and artists alike, to make from their imagination, and not what has already been made. 

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Design and Illustration

@ VOL 18 ON JUN 29, 2013

Vincent Egan and Madison Henry

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Animation Inspiration

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

"Our heritage gives life to our spirit." 

Socks, booze, family, landscapes, and lore......inspiration comes from many sources and leads to a wide variety of creative output.  In "Animation Inspiration" from PechaKucha Night Honolulu Vol. 30, three artists/animators will share various creative projects and the inspiration for their work.  We also share a sneak peek of animated films and virtual reality projects being shown in the upcoming Cultural Animation Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre.

Matthew Kawika Ortiz is a Hawai‘i-based artist who specializes in storyboards, illustration, graphic design,and printmaking. Mr. Ortiz started out his career interning and creating conceptual art for the Warner Brothers feature film Superman Returns, he also storyboarded for all three E Ho‘omau!, Ola Nā Iwi: Hāloa, and co Art Directed Maisa the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guåhan. Matthew is also one half of the art duo Wooden Wave which is known for their illustrations and murals of sustainable treehouses.

Michael Q. Ceballos was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  He has worked in animation industry for over 20 years. Among the many diverse projects he has worked on, there are a few notable highlights. In 2013, Mr. Ceballos formed Twiddle Productions Inc. where he produced and directed Ola Na Iwi: Hāloa and Maisa the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guåhan which won Best Short Film at the 2017 Pasifika Film Festival.

Mary Therese Perez Hattori
A native of Guåhan (Guam), she is one of nine children of Paul Mitsuo Hattori and Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez Hattori and resides on O‘ahu with her son and husband.  Dr. Hattori currently serves as Outreach Director for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at UHM and is affiliated with the Doctorate in Professional Education Practice, the Indigenous Politics Program, and the Learning Design & Technology Program at UH.

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Expressing Emotion Through Animation

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 28, 2017

Raffael Drew knows he is very good at visual imagination since a kid, through time he learn and grow as an illustrator who put an emotion through pictures and animations. This presentation told us how important emotion in animation.