Vacher, Christophe

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Christophe Vacher is a 2-time Emmy Award winner and Annie Award Nominee French artist who has provided Backgrounds, Visual Development and Art Direction for Disney, Dreamworks, Universal Studios and the film industry since 1989. He worked in many small animation studios before joining Disney's Paris-based animation unit for three years, where he painted backgrounds for such animated films as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Runaway Brain" and served as head of background for the 1995 feature, "A Goofy Movie".
Relocating to California in 1996, he continued his art career with Disney, where his credits have included painting backgrounds and concept artwork for "Dinosaur", "Hercules," "Tarzan", the Stravinsky Firebird finale for "Fantasia 2000" and "Treasure Planet". He also worked on Dreamworks' "Shark Tale" doing concept Artwork and paintings.
In 2004, he became Art Director, first on a CG animated short movie for Studio Arts in Los Angeles, then for the animated segment of Disney's live action movie "Enchanted", and eventually for the CG feature film "9", produced by Tim Burton and directed by Shane Acker, for which he got a 2010 Annie Awards Nomination (the equivalent of the Academy Awards for Animation) in the category "Best Production Design for a Feature Production". He worked for a few months as production designer on the upcoming movie "Heroes and Monsters" and as a visual development artist for Universal Studios on "Despicable Me". He is currently working at Hasbro studios on the CG animated TV series "Transformers Prime" for which he won 2 Emmy Awards in 2011 and 2012.

"It is hard for me to discuss my own work; like your own handwriting, it is something that, at this point, is simply a part of me. People often ask me: 'What inspires you to paint?' or 'What's the meaning of your paintings?' Well, my work is mostly inspired by music, travel and personal experiences."

"Each painting can either put you in another world, in the middle of a book story or simply be the expression in symbols of my inner feelings. "The Messengers", for instance, was painted after my first trip to Ireland in 1995. "The Rebirth" was partly inspired by my moving to the USA in 1996. Pieces like "The Canyon" or "The Legacy" are more abstract in their meaning and express more personal reflections."

"In terms of technique, I generally work on canvas prepared with two coats of gesso. I do a pencil sketch on paper, then on the canvas before I start painting with oils and alkyds or acrylic. But I also like to try other mediums, like ink or mixed media and watercolors. Even though animation has helped me a lot in practicing my skills, my personal style is influenced by old schools like the Hudson River School, The Romantics and the European Symbolists for their grandiose, theatrical scenery; my style has also been shaped by contemporary artists like Sandorfi, Beksinski, Ugarte and The Visionaries (Les Visionnaires) in France. All of these I credit for their striking visions."



Automne

Automne

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Claire Vallee

Claire Vallee

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Endless Dream

Endless Dream

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Evening Study

Evening Study

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Fairy-Vacher

Fairy-Vacher

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Forest Mage

Forest Mage

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Memories CV

Memories CV

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Mini Endless Dream

Mini Endless Dream

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Mistress of the Winds

Mistress of the Winds

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Moonlight

Moonlight

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Resting

Resting

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Sacred Hour

Sacred Hour

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Spirit Rising

Spirit Rising

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Spring Vacher

Spring Vacher

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Stormbreakers

Stormbreakers

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Storykeep Automne

Storykeep Automne

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Supersized Stormbreakers MC

Supersized Stormbreakers MC

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The Gate

The Gate

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The Long Sleep

The Long Sleep

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The Oasis

The Oasis

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The Shell

The Shell

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The Source

The Source

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The Wait

The Wait

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Untouched Gardens

Untouched Gardens

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Vision at the Lake

Vision at the Lake

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