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.”
Universal, Google, Ray-Ban, California Sunday Magazine, BBH, Computer Arts, Make Architects, Kiblind, Bell Média, ARTV, Cinémathèque Québécoise, XL Recordings.
It’s Nice That, Booooooom, Stash, The Creators Project, Creative Review, We Heart, BLDGWLF.