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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 Link

Advertising Link

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 Link

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

Esquire in Plasticine Art Showcase

Poster Design Link

“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 Link

Barbara Reid

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Artworks Link

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 Link

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 Link

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 Link

Freaked

Freaked in Plasticine Art Showcase

Freaked in Plasticine Art Showcase

Spokoynoy nochi, malyshi! [RU]

Advertising Link

Levi’s

Sony Bravia: Play-doh

Chevron Cars

American Express: Modelling Clay by OgilvyOne London

Xbox 360

Music Videos Link

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 Link

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 Link

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 Link

Plasticine Typography in Plasticine Art Showcase

Plasticine Typography in Plasticine Art Showcase

Further Resources Link

Installation Design Link

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 Link

What do you think? Link

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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