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Artist Of The Month

Nico Marlet

February 7th, 2014
Nicholas or "Nico" Marlet is nico marlt.jpga French-American character designer and animation artist. First, he started his career as an Animator and he worked as a character designer on nine feature movies.  His works, how to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda the world finally got to see his designs really make it to the screen. While early in his career, he worked on Disney television shows like TaleSpin and DuckTales. He worked on an unproduced animated version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. His work has looked in various "art of" books, including The Art of Kung Fu Panda, The Art of How to Train Your Dragon, The Art of Bee Movie, and his own limited edition sketchbook is containing some of his personal works.
Marlet has worked with DreamWorks since the company’s beginnings; his first assignment, 13 years ago, was a never realized adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.” He went on to design the armadillo for “The Road to El Dorado,” the roc bird in “Sinbad” and a lineup of unkempt critters for “Over the Hedge.”
He completed his Graduation at CFT Gobelins in France, and he is an Annie award-winning animator and character designer who moved from his native France to California in the 90's.
Nicolas Marlet's format is distinct from all other workshops, he simply creates an illustration. It is an observation of a master character artist at work. No commentary, no dialog, no distractions. Just Nico is doing what he does best; creating beautiful works of art.


Nico Marlet Animation Credits

  •  DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (animator) - 1990
  • TaleSpin – Plunder & Lightning (animator) - 1990
  •  We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (animator) - 1993
  • Balto (character designer, supervising animator: "Muk and Luk") - 1995
  •  The Prince of Egypt (character designer) - 1998
  • The Road to El Dorado (character designer, supervising animator: "Armadillo") - 2000
  • Monsters, Inc. (visual development) - 2001
  •   Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (character designer) - 2003
  •  Madagascar (character designer) - 2005
  •    Over the Hedge (character designer) - 2006
  •    Bee Movie (character designer) - 2007
  •    French Roast (character designer) - 2008
  • Kung Fu Panda (character designer) - 2008
  • Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (character designer) - 2008
  •  How to Train Your Dragon (character designer) - 2010
  •  Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (character designer )- 2010
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (character designer) - 2011
  •  Book of Dragons (character designer) - 2011
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk (character designer for 1 episode) - We Are a Family Part II - 2013

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