Fred Birchal is an award-winning Brazilian Graphic Designer and Illustrator. He has produced work for international campaigns alongside bespoke commissions including the 88th Oscars.

In his early years he vandalised his school supplies, his notebooks and school desks serving as canvases. Inspired by film, music and artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Norman Rockwell he has developed his current style. He has selected his five favourite pieces and describes them below.

Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

This piece represents the focus of my work well; this being the representation of poignant objects of a theme (in this case, "The Life Aquatic") in a minimalistic way. I still wanted to include the detailing but without complecating the piece too much. I also tried to get close to the visual techniques of the movie, aiming to highlight Wes Andersons use of symmetry and straight lines.

The Beatles

Here, I tried to emphasize one of the most emblematic costumes of popular music, easily identifiable by everyone (I hope). I aimed for this to come through in the color scheme present in the cover of "Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" album as much as possible, but whilst still trying to enforce a minimalist tone.

 Into the Wild

"Into the Wild" is a film exploring the life story of Christopher McCandless who after finishing university, abandoned all his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. The objective of this work was to try to be as loyal as I could to one of the most outstanding scenes of the movie whilst, of course, using this as a symbol representing the tone and feeling of the story as a whole.

 Charlie Chaplin

This is one of the number of artworks of costumes that I made for 'The Academy' exhibition. It was a very pleasurable experience to make this particular piece. Since Charlie Chaplin had such typical visual signatures, the final work feels strong and defined about its subject matter without having to rely on too many details.

 Bridge of Spies

This illustration was made as part of a set I made for the Oscars 2016 edition, when I produced an array of artworks for the production design category, focusing on the overall tone of each of the nominated pieces. Due to my minimalist approach, I am always very interested in drawing architecture and  structures. Each piece was a very challenging; having to pull that much information into a single scene, or piece of architecture. Overall however, I was very happy with all the pieces, not least, "Bridge of Spies".