Plasticine Art Showcase: Shape Your Imagination

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Do you remember?.. The first time you played with pieces of modeling clay, melting them in your hands and going deeper and deeper into the colourful plasticine world where your imagination was the only limit. Since the 19th century, when Franz Kolb and William Harbutt independently of each other invented plasticine (modeling clay), it has been used in almost all fields of art: illustration, web design, typography, claymation, installation design.

Plasticine artworks can be found just everywhere: advertisements, book/magazine as well as CD/DVD covers, movies / TV series, music videos, computer / console games, and even web design elements. Below you will find a collection of beautiful plasticine artworks that hopefully will inspire you and give you an idea about how this material can be used in your next design project.

Plasticine + Photography / Illustration

Advertising

Nike Italy by Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Nike Italy Zambrotta in Plasticine Art Showcase

Faber Castell plasticine Advertisement by Unitas RNL Santiago (Chile)

Faber Castell in Plasticine Art Showcase

Faber Castell in Plasticine Art Showcase

Onida Washing Machines Advertisement by McCann Erickson Mumbai (India)

Onida in Plasticine Art Showcase

Onida in Plasticine Art Showcase

Freya Lingerie Advertising by Stuart Jackson

Freya Lingerie in Plasticine Art Showcase

Freya Lingerie in Plasticine Art Showcase

Freya Lingerie in Plasticine Art Showcase

Becks Advertisement by Scholz+Friends Hamburg (Germany)

Becks in Plasticine Art Showcase

Becks in Plasticine Art Showcase

Forma Total Gym by Artplan (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Forma Total Gym in Plasticine Art Showcase

Forma Total Gym in Plasticine Art Showcase

Nicorette Advertisement by DRAFTFCB KOBZA (Austria)

Nicorette in Plasticine Art Showcase

Aniquem Advertisement by McCann Erickson Peru

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Stamyl Advertisement by Maruri Grey (Ecuador)

Stamyl in Plasticine Art Showcase

Stamyl in Plasticine Art Showcase

Stamyl in Plasticine Art Showcase

Magazine Cover Design

Esquire (March 2009) – 30th birthday of plasticine character Morph

Esquire in Plasticine Art Showcase

Poster Design

“The Summer Reading Club” Poster for The Toronto Public Library by Barbara Reid

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

“Young Audience” Poster for Theatre Direct by Barbara Reid

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Flyer for The Ovnis by Pablo Alfieri

Esquire in Plasticine Art Showcase

Book Illustrations

Barbara Reid

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Artworks

Amy Vangsgard

Amy Vangsgard in Plasticine Art Showcase

Amy Vangsgard in Plasticine Art Showcase

Amy Vangsgard in Plasticine Art Showcase

Amy Vangsgard in Plasticine Art Showcase

Irma Gruenholz

Irma Gruenholz in Plasticine Art Showcase

Irma Gruenholz in Plasticine Art Showcase

Irma Gruenholz in Plasticine Art Showcase

Irma Gruenholz in Plasticine Art Showcase

Ana Villalba

Anna Villalba in Plasticine Art Showcase

Anna Villalba in Plasticine Art Showcase

Anna Villalba in Plasticine Art Showcase

Manuela Martin

Charlotte Oh

Charlotte Oh in Plasticine Art Showcase

Charlotte Oh in Plasticine Art Showcase

Charlotte Oh in Plasticine Art Showcase

Tammy Durham

Tammy Durham in Plasticine Art Showcase

Tammy Durham in Plasticine Art Showcase

Tammy Durham in Plasticine Art Showcase

CactuSoup

CactuSoup in Plasticine Art Showcase

CactuSoup in Plasticine Art Showcase

CactuSoup in Plasticine Art Showcase

Plasticine + Animation = Claymation

Clay animation, or claymation as it is popularly known, is one of the types of stop-motion animation which is extremely laborious. Each animated piece is sculpted in plasticine clay. Some of the best-known clay-animation artists and studios include Will Vinton, Aardman Animation, Art Clockey and many others.

Animatied Movies / TV Series

The Gumby Show (1957 – …)

Closed Mondays (1974)

Morph (1977 – …)

The Adventures of Mark Twain (1986)

Wallace and Gromit (1989 – present)

Wallace and Gromit in “A Matter of Loaf and Death” (2008)

Creature Comforts (1989)

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase (1992)

Loves Me… Loves Me Not (1992)

Purple and Brown (2006 – …)

Shaun The Sheep (2007 – …)

Chess Game “Poole – HAL 9000″ (from the “2001: A Space Odyssey” movie)

Pigeon Pilfer (2009)

Plasticine Crow (1981) [RU]

Last Year’s Snow Was Falling (1983) [RU]

From Iljitsch to Kuzmich (2000 – …) [RU]

Movie / TV Opening Title Sequences

Freaked

Freaked in Plasticine Art Showcase

Freaked in Plasticine Art Showcase

Spokoynoy nochi, malyshi! [RU]

Advertising

Levi’s

Sony Bravia: Play-doh

Chevron Cars

American Express: Modelling Clay by OgilvyOne London

Xbox 360

Music Videos

Frank Zappa – Baby Snakes (1979)

John Fogerty – Vanz Kant Danz (1987)

Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able (2009)

Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full Of Lead (2009)

Computer / Console Games

Claymates (1993)

Claymates in Plasticine Art Showcase

ClayFighter (1993)

ClayFighter in Plasticine Art Showcase

Primal Rage (1994)

Primal Rage in Plasticine Art Showcase

The Neverhood (1996)

SkullMonkeys (1998)

SkullMonkeys in Plasticine Art Showcase

Platypus (2002)

Platypus Rage in Plasticine Art Showcase

Gumby vs. the Astrobots (2005)

Gumby vs. the Astrobots in Plasticine Art Showcase

Cletus Clay (2006)

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures (2008)

Shaun The Sheep

Plasticine + Web Design

Microsoft: {You shape} it

Microsoft: {You shape} it in Plasticine Art Showcase

lauren.brandcubator

Wolly in Plasticine Art Showcase

malum

Malum in Plasticine Art Showcase

Plastilina Creativa

Plastilina Creativa in Plasticine Art Showcase

Zaramella

Zaramella in Plasticine Art Showcase

Plastilin Event

Plastilin Event in Plasticine Art Showcase

Plasticine + Typography

Plasticine Typography in Plasticine Art Showcase

Plasticine Typography in Plasticine Art Showcase

Further Resources

Installation Design

James May’s “Plasticine Paradise” garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009 on May 19-23, 2009 in London, England.

James May's Plasticine Garden in Plasticine Art Showcase

James May's Plasticine Garden in Plasticine Art Showcase

James May's Plasticine Garden in Plasticine Art Showcase

Plasticine Art Tutorials

What do you think?

What is your opinion on plasticine art? In case any exceptional plasticine works haven’’t been covered, please feel free to use the comments area to share your thoughts and suggest other beautiful works. We are looking forward to your feedback and your thoughts!

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  1. 1

    WOW!! superb!! creative is real god gift!!

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    Fascinating! Very creative usage of Plasticine medium.

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    very creative collection

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    I love this!!! Thanks so much for this!!

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    WoW! awesome collection!
    nice :)

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    i love this!!

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    I think this is one of my favorite posts ever!

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    PRIMUS!
    I can’t believe you forgot PRIMUS under the “Music Video” category.
    Try looking for “Southbound Pachyderm”, “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” or the cover for their album “Pork Soda”.
    Otherwise very nice samples in this post. I can’t imagine how may hours it took to create these.

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  9. 9

    These are just amazing. I especially like the one with the chessboard.

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  10. 10

    Really great post – thanks for rounding all of these up!

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    OMG! Very very nice! Great post. It’s improved my interest in this field of art. :)

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    Our logo of the Hungarian web development community journal Weblabor (http://weblabor.hu) is also made of plasticine:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/weblabor/2917704771
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/weblabor/2918580998

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  13. 13

    Awesome collection!! Very creative!
    I think you have forgotten Pingu!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTWv63RyLP8

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  14. 14

    Wow, Aygul, that is a pretty huge collection! High five!

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    Really nice post, I do remember and recommend those Russian cartoons [Last Year’s Snow Was Falling (1983)] I used to watch when I was 10y and you know they are funniest I ever saw :D:D
    On the other hand It is very hard to work with this material, but nowadays you could use just 3D modeling software to do it.
    Will try this technique in my next design :)

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    Well done! I’m a big fan of Claymation and stop motion video. (VERY tedious).

    I even did this post recently http://airopia.org/12-incredible-stop-motion-videos. The first video is an amazing Claymation piece!

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    Check out http://www.jessicafortner.com for a whole other level of sculpted illustration!

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    Nice article.

    But for the love of god, please don’t let your next article be “Plasticine Social Media Icons”.

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    This brings out my childhood memories… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ-CQEF5Or4

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  21. 21

    it’s really greatest work to make any plasticine character! Thank the authors for it!!!

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    Really Unique….
    Great….

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    This could be the start of a new trend. Stay tuned…

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    Aaah Primal Rage, memories flashing back, T’was one innovative game with good graphics, but the gameplay was bad tho.

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    Sony Bravia makes me angry!

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    Great collection and very different, really enjoyed the post. I love all the different styles and personalities.

    Ahhhh and Skull Monkeys, that was my favourite game growing up, anyone else ever played it? Fun game with some good humour.

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    i love the song and video from keane’s bedshaped :)
    nice post as always. something different :D

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    Rajesh Trilokhria

    March 14, 2010 8:32 pm

    Wow very nice…..

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    Fantastic post!!!
    As I always say, Smashing isn’t web researching and creative sharing, it is a way of living…

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    Love it!!

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    Neverhood Rulezzzz :)

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  32. 32

    I make jewellery out of fimo… love working with it!! Great Examples!

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  33. 33

    Great collection, but you definitely missed one:
    http://www.essknete.de/

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    Another site with a lovely character: Capelito

    http://www.estudiorodolfopastor.com.es/

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    So many great artists!

    I would like to suggest a visit to this website:
    http://www.bolaneve.net/en/homepage.html

    It’s all about handmade Figures!

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    I think one of the best claymation and watched in the USA on Cartoon Network is Moral Orel. Funny and a bit off beat, you should Google for the series, it’s darn funny.

    Thanks for the round up! Love it!

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  37. 37

    incredible post, most educational comments. This will take a while to savor to its fullest.Thank you so much!

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    Nice Post.

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    why i can not image to do that when i have these materials? some are really simple!!! Cool…

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    Are there any applications available that allows you to create these plasticine effects? I’d love to be able to mould a shpe just by pushing a “lump” around on my monitor…

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  42. 42

    Great stuff here!

    Maybe I missed it in the list but I don’t think I saw any by the great Jan Svankmajer , who is probably the inspiration for a lot of those on show.

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    I’ve never been to Ecuador, but do cows there have six nipples?

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    These are absolutely the greatest ads I have ever seen. The colors are amazing and the details are fantastic. I can’t say enough about how good I feel just looking at them. My favorite is the sliding cow. The lingerie ads are the best. Much better than bland background ads.

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    I have to thank Mark for guiding me to Moral Orel. My favorite was Toy Story 2 Final Destination. I got a lot of laughs watching those clay creations.

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    Look this! works from Renata Chabetai, an brazilian designer
    http://www.designdenoticias.com.br/trabalhos.php?id=3&exibe=93&posY=1903

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    Khairunnisa Humairoh

    March 19, 2010 7:34 am

    wow. very cute!

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    Hi,

    This proves that art is not about the medium but about creativity.

    José

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    Mahmudur Rahman

    March 21, 2010 3:58 am

    Stunning creative arts. Very inspiring. Great collection. Thanks for sharing this awesome post. :)

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    Wow! This work is great! I will use it one day for one of my sites. It is very cutting edge.

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  51. 51

    Excellent representation of this very modern art medium. Would have loved to have known about this so I could have submitted some of my paintings done w/polymer. Amazing pieces – thanks for sharing!

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  52. 52

    You are genius!!!

    Great!!

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  53. 53

    Another example of dimensional illustration using plasticine and polymer clay sculptures can be found at: suzannedelrizzo.blogspot.com

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  54. 54

    Wow !!
    Very very very creative stuff !!
    awesome

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  55. 55

    Nice post.enjoy it

    EatinQueens.com

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  56. 56

    Great collection and very different, really enjoyed the post. I love all the different styles and personalities.

    Ahhhh and Skull Monkeys, that was my favourite game growing up, anyone else ever played it? Fun game with some good humour.

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    You didn’t mention the possibility of creating cartoons with plasticine….if you wanna see some examples just visit my blog(francosfreax.blogspot.com).

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  58. 58

    Amazing collection of work! Also, check-out Creative Review recently published an article on some Plasticine Star Wars characters by Illustrator Elliott Quince.

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  59. 59

    this thread is missing PROMOETHEUS n BOB Tapes! Nikelodeon!

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    all of them are so creative how did they ever came up with dat

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    raw and interesting.

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  62. 62

    Where or how can I exhibit my PLASTICINE art

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