Nicolas Ménard

“His colourful universe communicates strong ideas with bold, peculiar visuals, combining illustration and graphic design in a poetic and conceptual approach.” — Pictoplasma

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Biography

Nicolas Ménard is a rare animator and illustrator who may have as many awards as he does loyal clients. An ADC Young Gun 12 and proud owner of the Adobe Achievement, Pictoplasma and Grafika Awards, Nicolas’ animated films, illustration and books are charmingly adaptable to any brief and deal with universal themes that appeal to anyone of any age. “I do drawings, books and animated short films whose subject matter are both mundane and surreal; everyday life objects meets dysfunctional characters, man and table are cut in half, a deranged weirdo hides behind a charming smile,” Nicolas says. “The technique is limited to simple shapes, bold colour palettes and a pixel brush, influenced by screen printing techniques, a handful of retro video games and Japanese graphic arts.” Graduating a graphic design degree in 2012 from UQAM’s École de Design, Nicolas went straight to the Royal College of Art where he honed his animation skills and began creating work for clients. Keen to work on more design and fashion briefs, Nicolas would also like to try his hand at some more short films. “I’m not interested in making illustrations on pre-conceived ideas or re-produce an exact drawing/film I’ve done in the past,” he says. “I’m also all up for anything less traditional than still editorial illustration, explaining my involvement in animation, interaction and print-making.”

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Universal, Google, Ray-Ban, California Sunday Magazine, BBH, Computer Arts, Make Architects, Kiblind, Bell Média, ARTV, Cinémathèque Québécoise, XL Recordings.

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Biography

Nicolas Ménard is a rare animator and illustrator who may have as many awards as he does loyal clients. An ADC Young Gun 12 and proud owner of the Adobe Achievement, Pictoplasma and Grafika Awards, Nicolas’ animated films, illustration and books are charmingly adaptable to any brief and deal with universal themes that appeal to anyone of any age. “I do drawings, books and animated short films whose subject matter are both mundane and surreal; everyday life objects meets dysfunctional characters, man and table are cut in half, a deranged weirdo hides behind a charming smile,” Nicolas says. “The technique is limited to simple shapes, bold colour palettes and a pixel brush, influenced by screen printing techniques, a handful of retro video games and Japanese graphic arts.” Graduating a graphic design degree in 2012 from UQAM’s École de Design, Nicolas went straight to the Royal College of Art where he honed his animation skills and began creating work for clients. Keen to work on more design and fashion briefs, Nicolas would also like to try his hand at some more short films. “I’m not interested in making illustrations on pre-conceived ideas or re-produce an exact drawing/film I’ve done in the past,” he says. “I’m also all up for anything less traditional than still editorial illustration, explaining my involvement in animation, interaction and print-making.”

Clients

Universal, Google, Ray-Ban, California Sunday Magazine, BBH, Computer Arts, Make Architects, Kiblind, Bell Média, ARTV, Cinémathèque Québécoise, XL Recordings.

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Biography

Nicolas Ménard is a rare animator and illustrator who may have as many awards as he does loyal clients. An ADC Young Gun 12 and proud owner of the Adobe Achievement, Pictoplasma and Grafika Awards, Nicolas’ animated films, illustration and books are charmingly adaptable to any brief and deal with universal themes that appeal to anyone of any age. “I do drawings, books and animated short films whose subject matter are both mundane and surreal; everyday life objects meets dysfunctional characters, man and table are cut in half, a deranged weirdo hides behind a charming smile,” Nicolas says. “The technique is limited to simple shapes, bold colour palettes and a pixel brush, influenced by screen printing techniques, a handful of retro video games and Japanese graphic arts.” Graduating a graphic design degree in 2012 from UQAM’s École de Design, Nicolas went straight to the Royal College of Art where he honed his animation skills and began creating work for clients. Keen to work on more design and fashion briefs, Nicolas would also like to try his hand at some more short films. “I’m not interested in making illustrations on pre-conceived ideas or re-produce an exact drawing/film I’ve done in the past,” he says. “I’m also all up for anything less traditional than still editorial illustration, explaining my involvement in animation, interaction and print-making.”

Clients

Universal, Google, Ray-Ban, California Sunday Magazine, BBH, Computer Arts, Make Architects, Kiblind, Bell Média, ARTV, Cinémathèque Québécoise, XL Recordings.

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Biography

Nicolas Ménard is a rare animator and illustrator who may have as many awards as he does loyal clients. An ADC Young Gun 12 and proud owner of the Adobe Achievement, Pictoplasma and Grafika Awards, Nicolas’ animated films, illustration and books are charmingly adaptable to any brief and deal with universal themes that appeal to anyone of any age. “I do drawings, books and animated short films whose subject matter are both mundane and surreal; everyday life objects meets dysfunctional characters, man and table are cut in half, a deranged weirdo hides behind a charming smile,” Nicolas says. “The technique is limited to simple shapes, bold colour palettes and a pixel brush, influenced by screen printing techniques, a handful of retro video games and Japanese graphic arts.” Graduating a graphic design degree in 2012 from UQAM’s École de Design, Nicolas went straight to the Royal College of Art where he honed his animation skills and began creating work for clients. Keen to work on more design and fashion briefs, Nicolas would also like to try his hand at some more short films. “I’m not interested in making illustrations on pre-conceived ideas or re-produce an exact drawing/film I’ve done in the past,” he says. “I’m also all up for anything less traditional than still editorial illustration, explaining my involvement in animation, interaction and print-making.”

Clients

Universal, Google, Ray-Ban, California Sunday Magazine, BBH, Computer Arts, Make Architects, Kiblind, Bell Média, ARTV, Cinémathèque Québécoise, XL Recordings.

Facebook Groups Campaign Montage Facebook approached Nicolas to design, direct and help develop a campaign of 18 short animations for Groups Discover, a function on Facebook Groups.

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Facebook Groups Campaign Montage

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Tom Joyce / The Factory, John Bolen / Formosa

Facebook approached Nicolas to design, direct and help develop a campaign of 18 short animations for Groups Discover, a function on Facebook Groups.

Nine Squares Squares and pages, a sequence of images, et cetera. A repurposed animation initially intended as a commercial piece.

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Nine Squares

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Anne-Lou Erambert, Joe Sparrow

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Greet Kallikorm at Nexus Studios

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John Philip Sousa: The Gladiator (Public Domain Mark 1.0)

Squares and pages, a sequence of images, et cetera. A repurposed animation initially intended as a commercial piece.

MTV Ident An artist ident commissioned by MTV made in collaboration with Manshen Lo. All 109 frames were painted with gouache to bring to life this study in perspective.

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MTV Ident

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Nexus Production

An artist ident commissioned by MTV made in collaboration with Manshen Lo. All 109 frames were painted with gouache to bring to life this study in perspective.

Vrak Ident B Two seconds looping ident commissioned by Vrak, a Bell Media TV channel in Canada.

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Vrak Ident B

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Two seconds looping ident commissioned by Vrak, a Bell Media TV channel in Canada.

Vrak Ident A Two seconds looping ident commissioned by Vrak, a Bell Media TV channel in Canada.

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Vrak Ident A

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Two seconds looping ident commissioned by Vrak, a Bell Media TV channel in Canada.

Wednesday with Goddard Commissioned by Channel 4's Random Acts, and part of the upcoming Late Night Work Club project 'Strangers', Wednesday with Goddard is an animated short film made in collaboration with Manshen Lo.

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Wednesday with Goddard

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Nexus Production

Commissioned by Channel 4's Random Acts, and part of the upcoming Late Night Work Club project 'Strangers', Wednesday with Goddard is an animated short film made in collaboration with Manshen Lo.

Harvard Business Review Part of a set of illustrations for Harvard Business Review.

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Harvard Business Review

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Part of a set of illustrations for Harvard Business Review.

Harvard Business Review Part of a set of illustrations for Harvard Business Review.

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Harvard Business Review

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Part of a set of illustrations for Harvard Business Review.

Harvard Business Review Part of a set of illustrations for Harvard Business Review.

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Harvard Business Review

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Part of a set of illustrations for Harvard Business Review.

Harvard Business Review Part of a set of illustrations for Harvard Business Review.

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Part of a set of illustrations for Harvard Business Review.

Ray-Ban: Get Creative Animation Animation by Nicolas for Ray-Ban, promoting their new venue in New York.

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Ray-Ban: Get Creative Animation

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Coppers and Brasses

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Marcus Olsson

Animation by Nicolas for Ray-Ban, promoting their new venue in New York.

Ray-Ban: Get Creative Still from Nicolas' animation for Ray-Ban.

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Ray-Ban: Get Creative

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Still from Nicolas' animation for Ray-Ban.

Ray-Ban: Get Creative Still from Nicolas' animation for Ray-Ban.

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Ray-Ban: Get Creative

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Still from Nicolas' animation for Ray-Ban.

Ray-Ban: Get Creative Still from Nicolas' animation for Ray-Ban.

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Ray-Ban: Get Creative

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Still from Nicolas' animation for Ray-Ban.

Ray-Ban: Get Creative Still from Nicolas' animation for Ray-Ban.

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Ray-Ban: Get Creative

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Still from Nicolas' animation for Ray-Ban.

CompHealth — Locum Tenens Animation for CompHealth which aims to educate the US public on who Locum Tenens doctors are and why they are important.

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CompHealth — Locum Tenens

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Animation for CompHealth which aims to educate the US public on who Locum Tenens doctors are and why they are important.

Stéréo pop Nicolas was commissioned by Stéréo pop to deliver a series of looping animations for a stage performance.

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Stéréo pop

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Nicolas was commissioned by Stéréo pop to deliver a series of looping animations for a stage performance.

Stéréo pop Nicolas was commissioned by Stéréo pop to deliver a series of looping animations for a stage performance.

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Stéréo pop

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Nicolas was commissioned by Stéréo pop to deliver a series of looping animations for a stage performance.

Stéréo pop Nicolas was commissioned by Stéréo pop to deliver a series of looping animations for a stage performance.

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Stéréo pop

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Nicolas was commissioned by Stéréo pop to deliver a series of looping animations for a stage performance.

Puzzling Through My Fiction

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Puzzling Through My Fiction

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Who Owns Your Overtime?

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Who Owns Your Overtime?

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Man Car

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Man Car

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The Indecipherable Language of Furniture Confusion amongst the general public; what is this chair for? Should I wear this cabinet? A full spread illustration on the theme of language. Exhibited at Pictoplasma 2015.

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The Indecipherable Language of Furniture

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Confusion amongst the general public; what is this chair for? Should I wear this cabinet? A full spread illustration on the theme of language. Exhibited at Pictoplasma 2015.

Camaraderie Heartfelt camaraderie, living totem, thinking cylinders and other human studies.

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Camaraderie

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Heartfelt camaraderie, living totem, thinking cylinders and other human studies.

Camaraderie Heartfelt camaraderie, living totem, thinking cylinders and other human studies.

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Camaraderie

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Heartfelt camaraderie, living totem, thinking cylinders and other human studies.

Camaraderie Heartfelt camaraderie, living totem, thinking cylinders and other human studies.

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Heartfelt camaraderie, living totem, thinking cylinders and other human studies.

Walk the Walk For the NYC People's Climate March, Purpose commissioned animators and artists to deliver an animated GIF of a POV walk.

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Walk the Walk

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For the NYC People's Climate March, Purpose commissioned animators and artists to deliver an animated GIF of a POV walk.

Tourist’s Illuminate — Official Music Video British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video, featuring Years & Years. The graphic universe was inspired by retro games X and The 3-D Battles of WorldRunner.

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Tourist’s Illuminate — Official Music Video

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British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video, featuring Years & Years. The graphic universe was inspired by retro games X and The 3-D Battles of WorldRunner.

Tourist’s Illuminate A series of animated GIFs to accompany British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video.

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Tourist’s Illuminate

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A series of animated GIFs to accompany British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video.

Tourist’s Illuminate A series of animated GIFs to accompany British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video.

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Tourist’s Illuminate

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A series of animated GIFs to accompany British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video.

Tourist’s Illuminate A series of animated GIFs to accompany British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video.

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Tourist’s Illuminate

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A series of animated GIFs to accompany British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video.

Tourist’s Illuminate A series of animated GIFs to accompany British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video.

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Tourist’s Illuminate

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A series of animated GIFs to accompany British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video.

Tourist’s Illuminate A series of animated GIFs to accompany British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video.

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Tourist’s Illuminate

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A series of animated GIFs to accompany British producer Tourist’s Illuminate music video.

Tourist — Illuminate Cover design for Tourist’s Illuminate single.

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Tourist — Illuminate

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Cover design for Tourist’s Illuminate single.

Kiblind Cover Issue 51 An abstract abacus for the cover of French design and culture magazine Kiblind.

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Kiblind Cover Issue 51

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An abstract abacus for the cover of French design and culture magazine Kiblind.

California Inspires Me : Jack Black The California Sunday Magazine, in collaboration with Google Play, approached Nicolas to participate to their California Inspires Me project, a series of animated interviews on Californian artists. This time, Jack Black is covering growing up in Hermosa Beach, an early crush and Spicoli lifestyles.

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California Inspires Me : Jack Black

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The California Sunday Magazine, in collaboration with Google Play, approached Nicolas to participate to their California Inspires Me project, a series of animated interviews on Californian artists. This time, Jack Black is covering growing up in Hermosa Beach, an early crush and Spicoli lifestyles.

California Inspires Me : Jack Black An animated GIF from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

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California Inspires Me : Jack Black

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An animated GIF from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

California Inspires Me : Jack Black An animated GIF from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

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California Inspires Me : Jack Black

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An animated GIF from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

California Inspires Me : Jack Black A still image from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

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California Inspires Me : Jack Black

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A still image from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

California Inspires Me : Jack Black An animated GIF from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

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California Inspires Me : Jack Black

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An animated GIF from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

California Inspires Me : Jack Black A still image from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

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California Inspires Me : Jack Black

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A still image from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

California Inspires Me : Jack Black A still image from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

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California Inspires Me : Jack Black

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A still image from Nicolas' California Inspires Me project.

Somewhere Somewhere, our limbs lost in the distance

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Somewhere

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Somewhere, our limbs lost in the distance

The End

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The End

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