Body Positive Visual Artist Esther Lalanne Joins NERD Productions

Esther At Work

On the International Women’s Day, Esther Lalanne joins the diverse and inclusive NERD family, led by Executive Creative Producer/Founder Milana Karaica. NERD welcomes Esther Lalanne, body positive and whimsical visual artist.

Esther is a prolific visual artist who accurately represents bodies and identities, primarily women, who make our society. Esther’s bubbly and quirky aesthetic is inspired by everyday life and human interactions.

Esther has always loved to draw women; she says: ‘Growing up, I have always felt frustrated in this all-white-cis-male world, and drawing has been a useful way of expressing myself and others like me.’ 

Esther is well-placed in a ray of talents at NERD, including powerful Animation Directors like Sharon Liu, Elmaz Ekrem, Hayley Morris, Corinne Ladeinde, Heather Colbert and Peque Varela. Visual Artists like Blake Kathryn, Helena Elias and Lana Dudarenko. And our Live-Action Directors – Kyla Philander, Cherish Oteka, Shona Auerbach, Harriet MacDonald and Meriem Adib.

Esther wants to depict a world where women, people of every race and sexuality, can be more visible and free to exist without expectations or limitations. She believes that the power of craft influences real life and people.

She creates fun visuals that touch the soul and speak to a vast array of people. Esther has worked with Refinery29, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, The Body Shop, King’s College London, Green Peace, ITV, and NHS.

See more of Esther’s work here.

NERD’s Black Stories: Animation Director, Corinne Ladeinde

Although our peers feel that efforts for a more diverse industry are being made; we still think that the actions taken are surface level, and black people are a rarity in our industry.

We spoke to black creatives who contribute significantly to their field and have asked them words of advice for current and future artists of colour wanting to break through the creative industry.

Next up is Animation Director Corinne Ladeinde.

Corinne is an award-winning animation director with a passion for storytelling, design, animation and illustration. After working as a lead compositor on projects such as The Snowman and the Snowdog and We’re going on a Bear Hunt! for Channel 4, Corinne further pursued her directing ambitions and has since directed a range of commercials and online films for clients such as Dove, Bach, Bonjela and Liz Earle amongst others.

When did you decide to become an animator/illustrator?

From the age of 6 and growing up, I had in mind that I will become an animator; but once I had graduated and dive into the professional world, I realised that I love storytelling and from then on, started directing.

How has your upbringing influenced the work that you do today?

My mum is a true stoic. She is my inspiration to always investing my time in the things I truly enjoy. My mother used my brother and me as an excuse to watch the latest animated Disney films at the time. I grew up on a diet of animation from the Lion King to Aladin and The Nightmare Before Christmas. When I was a kid, I was reading a lot, attended regular arts and crafts activities, theatre and galleries. All these things have influenced my vision as an artist.

What advice would you give your younger self?

“To act as if it’s impossible to fail”. This is an Anthony Hopkins quote, that I have learned to live by.

How has it been transitioning from composing to directing?

Directing my first spot was challenging and also very rewarding. It was such a pleasure to work with a team committed to support and nurture young directors.

Working with NERD Productions has allowed me to work with other directors of different disciplines which have helped me to broaden my horizons and offer clients a more varied approach to their work.

Click here to view Corinne’s portfolio.

Want to work with Corinne Ladeinde or another NERD? Click here.

Claire shares her tips to coping with self-isolation and anxiety.

Since this whole thing started, many of us around the world, even those who haven’t been infected by the virus, have had to self-isolate at home for the past few months. Before that, we’ve all had planned to travel the world, meet-up with loved-ones, attend weddings, parties or grab a coffee with a colleague – simply, enjoy our lives in different ways. Working from home for us, NERDs, was nothing new, although this situation is a bit different. NERD’s Executive Producer and avid painter Claire shares her tips to coping with self-isolation and anxiety, which we hope will help you or someone you know turn things around and enjoy the simple things we might sometime take for granted.  

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Paloma, The Directing Duo Who Sparks Creativity Remotely!

Self-isolation and social distancing are the new normal. Offices are indeed closed, live-action productions cancelled yet our audiences are going to be online for many hours more and it’s the best time to reach out to out to them through animation &  illustration. In short, self-isolation might mean disruption to working life, but also means new opportunities and exploring new horizons!

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How To Build Your Own Visual Identity

Illustrator Luke Preece’s guide to finding your own identity as a visual artist and turning your passion into a career.

Before I focused on illustration I was a graphic designer full time and a musician as a side hustle. I could definitely talk at length about my career choices and how I ended up where I am today. It might be beneficial to others coming up… I like helping younger generations where I can. I’m a father to two girls so the parent in me naturally wants to encourage being creative as a viable career choice. There’s never been a better time than now… The opportunities are endless.

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Toast Tells All on The Effects of Climate Change & #FramesForFuture Awareness Campaign

Climate change is a hot topic lately, and for very good reason. While all of the issues we face in today’s society are extremely important, this is something that we felt needs as much attention as possible and immediate drastic action before it’s too late. The more we can help to raise awareness, the better.

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Sharon Liu Talks Chinese New Year: 2020 The Year Of The Rat

Chinese New Year is almost here! Have you ever wondered what this colourful, elaborate celebration is all about? What’s the meaning behind it, why is it celebrated? Well, Google search no further. Animation director Sharon Liu talks superstitions, the Chinese Zodiac, folktales and what the fortune for those born in the Year of The Rat is destined to hold.

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