|| Artist Research – Chris Sasaki ||

CHRIS SASAKI is a character designer and illustrator living in Oakland, California. He works at Pixar Animation Studios and has designed characters for Monsters University (2013) and Inside Out (2015). Most recently, he production designed the original short film, Sanjay’s Super Team (2015). His past clients include LAIKA Entertainment, Blue Sky Studios, Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks, Red Cap Greeting Cards, and Jim Henson Studios. His work has been featured at Gallery Nucleus, on Cartoon Brew, New York Times, and in the Society of Illustrators yearly annual. He also occasionally teaches at the Animation Collaborative.

Sasaki, C. (no date) About + contact. Available at: http://www.csasaki.com/about/ (Accessed: 20 January 2016)


Sasaki, C. (no date) Film. Available at: http://www.csasaki.com/film/ (Accessed: 20 January 2016).

The concept artwork above is for two movies, the top two are ideas for character designs for Monsters University  (2013) and the bottom one is a design idea for a short film called Sanjay’s Super Team (2015). I like the style that he generally works in when creating his artwork; the sketchy, rough look to it, not only gives it an obvious concept art look – something that has been drawn up fairly quickly and not a lot of detail has bee added to it, rather solid areas of colour that make up detailed enough images that look complete enough to give detail information for the benefit of the people deciding which designs to pick.


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