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The Academy to Present ‘The Art of Illustration’ June 4

In conjunction with the Society of Illustrator’s "Icons of Animation" exhibit, Bill Plympton, Peter de Seve and William Joyce participate in a panel discussion, “The Art of Illustration,” on June 4, 2014.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is presenting a panel discussion, The Art of Illustration, with three top animation artists. The event is presented in conjunction with the "Icons of Animation" exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan, which kicks off June 4th and runs through August 16.

Bill Plympton, Peter de Seve and William Joyce will present a series of film clips of their work and participate in a panel on the craft of motion picture animation. The panel will be moderated by J.J. Sedelmaier, and will take place on Thursday, June 5th at 7:00PM The Academy Theater, 111 East 59th Street (Between Park & Lexington).

Peter de Sève is well known for his magazine illustrations, especially his New Yorker covers, and his character designs for the Ice Age series. He has also contributed to such films as MulanA Bug's LifeTarzanMonsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. In addition to receiving an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Design for his work on Sesame Street's "Abby Cadabby's Flying Fairy School," de Sève has received three Annie Award nominations for Character Design in a Feature Production, the most recent for his work on Arthur Christmas.

Author, illustrator and animator William Joyce received an Oscar, along with Brandon Oldenburg, for the 2011 animated short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which championed the curative power of story. Joyce was an executive producer, co-writer and production designer on the 2013 feature film Epic, which was inspired by his children's book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Joyce's "Guardians" series of children's books also inspired the DreamWorks film Rise of The Guardians (2012). He is also a co-founder of Moonbot Studios, which produces a wide variety of innovative content across multiple platforms.

Bill Plympton, widely regarded as "the king of indie animation," is the only person to singlehandedly hand-draw an entire animated feature film -- a feat that he has accomplished seven times. He began his career creating cartoons and illustrations for publications such as Rolling StoneNational Lampoon and Vanity Fair. Plympton received Oscar nominations for the animated shorts Your Face (1987) and Guard Dog (2004). He has directed both animated and live-action features, including The Tune, Idiots and Angels and Cheatin', and has collaborated with such artists as Kanye West, Madonna and Weird Al Yankovic.

Tickets on sale at or the Academy Theater box office Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00pm- 5:00pm.

Ticket prices: $5 General Admission, $3 Academy Members & Students with a valid ID.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.