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The Crossover Between Art, Illustration, and Graphic Design: Ricardo Villavicencio

Original piece by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

Meet Ricardo Villavicencio, a New York City-based illustrator, designer and original content creator from Santiago de Chile.

Ricardo began creating original animated content for young audiences in 2016, focusing on modern society and its relationship with the environment. Prior to that he acted as art/creative director at the Chilean Studio agency Leche, designed and art directed many remarkable commercial projects for global brands at the design studio Brand New School in New York, and started his own independent practice. Throughout the years his work has been shown and recognized by principal awards and publications from the field.

Interested in exploratory research, Villavicencio’s approach is highly influenced by the crossover between Art, Illustration, and Graphic Design. He explores image-making through illustration, animation, and art direction.

Project: -I Love You Too- by Darlings

Ricardo created a music video to the song “I Love You Too” by the band Darlings. Darlings was a cult band from the iconic Williamsburg indie music scene in Brooklyn. NY.

They were local at venues like Glassland, 285 Kent and Death by Audio. Places that a few years ago were vanished by the take over of Vice media.

The shut down of these places affected not only the fans but also the break up of many bands. It really felt like the end of a generation. Darlings were one of them, and they decided to pay tribute to the legendary scene.

In that context, the video celebrates the experience and the vibes going through that time at those venues. It represents the youth, time and energy of that period.

The story is driven by a character who decided to leave the show and go back home. His way back is laden with colorful flashbacks and hallucinations revealing psychedelic details from that night.

Video Credits:
Direction & Illustration: Ricardo Villavicencio
Lead Animation: Ben Hill
Animation: Luis Suarez
Animation: Patricio Molina

Original animation by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

Original animation by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

Ricardo’s Creative Process

Once the storyline was set, I gave myself the time for experimentation, and I looked for something more pictorial. I was interested in bringing together the analogue and the digital to accomplish a vocabulary rich in sources.

I was curious about showing off the beauty of real imperfections, like the textures, cut-outs, and raw materials in particular.

In animation, I explored the idea of endless transitions, and having everything constantly transforming into another. I teamed up with animator/designer friend Ben Hill and two more talented animators, Pato Molina and Luis Suarez.

Original animation by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

Original animation by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

 

Original animation by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

Original animation by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

 

Original animation by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

Original animation by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

 

Original animation by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

Original animation by Ricardo Villavicencio. Courtesy of Villavicencio

See more of Ricardo’s work here.

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