Nico Marlet is a French born concept artist working in the American animation industry. He graduated from CFT Gobelins in France, and moved to California, in the United States, to work at Dreamworks Animation Studio in 1990. He worked for several years as an animator, before switching to the character design team in 1995 for the production of “Balto.” Since then Marlet has worked mostly on character design for Dreamworks’s films.
His concept art for “Kung Fu Panda” and “How to Train Your Dragon” is his most popular around the world. They feature his impeccable shape design, loose, gestural quality, and trademark sepia colored pencil and markers. I think Marlet’s recent popularity is significantly due to how lively his drawings are. His practice as an animator is highly evident in his concept designs, which are full of movement and expression.
And voila! The beginning of batch two of Nico Marlet-style Pokemon: Noivern!
This guy was probably my favorite to draw because it basically looks like a giant bat-like dragon and it had sass written all over it. Also, one of the easier dragons to translate since it had the body of a wyvern :)
So I was looking through the Art of HTTYD (which is awesome) and look! All the chubby lady main character potential. The first one’s a concept for Astrid! Sighs. Let me just say, I love Nico Marlet. Great respect for him as a character designer.