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Design the next deadmau5 head!

The music phenomenon known as deadmau5 (pronounced 'dead mouse') has always had a hand in graphics and design and is recognized as much for being a progressive and house producer as he is for wearing his famous mau5head. Now deadmau5 is inviting aspiring designers to submit their most creative and unique mau5head design for the chance to have it produced as the next deadmau5 head.

Calling all designers... product, graphic , illustrators and fashion designers!

Let's get some SketchBook submissions!

Dates to Remember:
JULY 12, 2011, submission deadline
AUGUST 3, 2011, winner announcement

For more infromation about this contest, including guidelines, reference tamplates and online submission, visit


Call for Submissions! SIGGRAPH 2011

Submit your original SketchBook created character design, concept art, storyboards, costume design, or matte painting to be presented at the Autodesk booth at SIGGRAPH while simultaneously hosted online at the AREA.  If you love games, film, and television, this is your chance to contribute to a collection showcasing the best work of industry professional and aspiring artists.  Let Autodesk help you make your friends jealous by showcasing your SketchBook skills at SIGGRAPH.

■ August 3, 2011 (to make it for the gallery launch)
■ Submissions during SIGGRAPH accepted until August 11, 2011

How to Submit?
■ Send up to 3 submissions to
■ Selected artists will be notified by email and will be required to sign a release form and provide a short bio

More details:
■ Freel free to email questions to


Pixar's Cars 2

Cars 2 hits theaters today! 

The movie introduces a host of new charactrers who join Lightning McQueen and Mater as they travel the world to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix.

Jay Shuster, Art Director at Pixar Animation Studios, was part of the team that developed all the characters and environments for the film. Here, Jay shares with us a couple of his favorite sketches of Finn McMissile.

"The numbers on the film were staggering: 150 new characters extrapolated into 1050 paint and dress variants. Our character design team had 2.5 years to deliver all these designs- no time to fool around! SketchBook acclerated the process: A clean interface and awesome translation of my line quality made committing and keeping up with super-quick, on-the-fly, brain-to-wrist, design iterations. And that's what this side of the business is all about: getting as many drawings up on the wall between art reviews as possible. SketchBook Pro was a critical component in the making of this film!"



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