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It’s easy to see there’s a magic to the work that Chris Sickels, the imaginative force behind Red Nose Studio, creates in his instantly recognizable 3-D illustrations and animations. The hand-sculpted puppets populating his miniature settings are created with wit, elbow grease and a keen conceptual mind, but far from being precise, realistic representations, they have instead an awkward beauty all their own. We relate to them because they so fittingly capture the imperfections and tenderness of the human experience. 

In recent years, some of his favorite projects have been illustrating book covers and children’s picture books, some of which he has authored. His award-winning work has not been limited to publishing, appearing in editorial, advertising, character development and animation projects as well. This work has earned silver, gold and grand prize awards, honored by virtually every award institution or annual, and featured in prominent art and design books and magazines. His stop-motion animated short films have screened at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and the Montreal Stop-Motion Film Festival. 

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