Barcelona Featured Artist – Charlotte Belland

March 3, 2022

Please join Charlotte at her artist’s reception on Tuesday, April 5, from 5pm to 7pm. Complimentary tapas will be served at the reception.

Charlotte Belland is an illustrator of animals. Her work explores the blending of anatomical accuracy and the beauty of animals with a little sparkle of mischief; the way an animal tilts its head, focuses its eyes, or how it leans into the pose. Lines are used to accentuate the unique adjectives and verbs of each animal’s gesture. It is with intention that the individuality of each animal reads true.

Drawing primarily with ink, Charlotte works toward the economy of line—making just enough marks to communicate the volume and the pose. Her daily drawing practice includes a routine post to Instagram. For almost 10 years, Charlotte has posted a daily animal drawing under the name bellandpixel.

Charlotte is the Chair of both the Animation and the Game Art & Design programs at the Columbus College of Art and Design. She is a Professor of Animation who teaches drawing for animation and color theory. In the fall semester, she also gets to work with first-year students who are beginning their journey into animation. Charlotte is committed to the creative process and to helping artists grow each day.

On Fridays during Fall and Spring semesters, Charlotte hosts animal ambassadors (and their humans too!) for live drawing sessions. It is important to draw from moving subjects. It helps artists stay in-the-moment and it hones their ability to “see a pose” and capture that pose, quickly and efficiently with ink. It also encourages the next generation of animal ink illustrators. As a lifelong learner, Charlotte draws with her students investing in a culture of creativity and living the philosophy that honing any craft takes practice. Charlotte embodies her motto to “Abandon the Eraser.
Commit to the line. And keep moving.”

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