Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Nathan Jurevicius AGIdeas 2007 Inspiration Presentation

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(You may be able to view it in larger format here. Click "full size" at the lower right hand corner.)

Nathan Jurevicius spoke at the AGIdeas 2007 design conference held in Australia on April 1-3, 2007 ( as part of a group of other international speakers. The theme was about "inspiration" for each of the participating designers’ work.

Nathan talked about his inspiration for various aspects of his work, including the then-secret Fauna figures that he was working on for MTV Canada (three of which have just been released through Super7 at the Halloween Monster Mash Show, pictures below - they are now available there – better act fast though because they won’t last!); as well as his then newly released City Folk series; the previously released Scarygirl sets; and beautiful paintings of the Scarygirl/City Folk alternative universe. NOTE: I have added some links to the MTV Canada videos below!

Nathan was kind enough to share with me a copy of the slides from his talk at the conference, shown above. (I was thrilled that his presentation included some of my photos of pieces from my collection of Japanese kaiju figures and of my silver Bunniguru and clear Mr. Egg.)

The slides do not include his spoken comments from the conference, but here is an overview of what he talked about while showing the slides:

The presentation consisted of three main parts:

“The first section shows my ideas/ drawing process and how I don’t pause to think - just draw and write notes....

“The second section shows a work in progress project I'm doing for MTV Canada [the Fauna series figures] and how I'm inspired by desk objects, rubber balls, plant/sea life and [Japanese toys]. The project is kind of eastern Europe meets Japanese characters and we will be doing both animated spots and actual toys eventually (so stay tuned).

“The final part of the talk shows my influences for Scarygirl [and City Folk] and then goes through the story and world.”

“Basically, [my presentation is] showing how on 2 projects I looked around at what interests me or is personal to me and created designs from them... It was shown originally on a massive screen so everything was way bigger.”

[I added the music to Nathan’s slides…First track: "Cin Alayi", by Projekt X (Adrian Belew - g; Robert Fripp - g & soundscapes; Trey Gunn - bass & baritone g; Pat Mastelotto - Traps and Buttons), from the "Heaven and Earth" cd; Second track: "Mabo", by master didjeridu artist Stephen Kent from the "Landing" cd.]

Here are a couple of "stills" from the video:

Stock photos of the Fauna figures for sale at Super7:

Here are the links to the MTV Canada videos starring Nathan's Fauna:

Here and here.

And here a few snippets from the MTV Canada commercials:


toysrevil said...

fab works from Nathan J (always love behind-the-scenes & sketches) ... and thanks for setting this up and sharing with everyone, George! :)))))

Grass said...

oh man. that was nice.

jason said...

thanks for the videos. that was a good bit of inspiration for the day. i gotta get to sketching.

geozilla ジーヨジラ said...

You are welcome! Happy sketching!!!