Vi­gnettes

Speedy sketch­book Dis­ney and Sony vis-dev artist Ar­mand Ser­rano shares se­lect pieces of per­sonal art that he whipped up in his spare time

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Dis­ney and Sony vis-dev artist Ar­mand Ser­rano shares se­lect pieces of per­sonal art that he whipped up in his spare time.

Au­thor Ar­mand Ser­rano Pub­lisher Self-pub­lished Price £33 Web www.ar­mand­ser­rano.com Avail­able Now

With over two decades of work­ing in the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try un­der his belt, artist Ar­mand Ser­rano has cer­tainly been keep­ing busy. But out­side of projects for Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios, Sony Pic­tures An­i­ma­tion and Hanna-Bar­bera Stu­dios, he’s also been cre­at­ing his own work.

It’s th­ese non-com­mer­cial pieces which are the fo­cus of Vi­gnettes, a book that Ar­mand has dreamt of re­leas­ing for years. As the ti­tle sug­gests, the art in this book is mainly com­pleted in short amounts of time (mostly 15 to 30 min­utes), but this doesn’t mean the il­lus­tra­tions are com­pro­mised or less evoca­tive.

Fan­tas­ti­cal crea­tures and his­tor­i­cal art sit along­side every­day scenes of a sun­rise crawl­ing up the wall of a house in what for the most part is a col­lec­tion of dig­i­tal pieces. To­wards the end of the book there are some tra­di­tional ink pieces and it would have been nice to see more of th­ese, es­pe­cially as they’re bet­ter pre­sented.

In­deed, page de­sign is the main down­fall with Vi­gnettes. It feels as if the book was put to­gether as quickly as the art­work. It’s a shame be­cause a few more il­lus­tra­tion break-downs and a con­sid­ered lay­out are what th­ese pieces from Ar­mand de­serve.

Ar­mand wants the viewer to de­cide whether this is ei­ther a gi­ant robot and a hu­man en­gi­neer, or a reg­u­lar robot and very small per­son.

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