May’s around the corner. And in character design, that can mean just one thing: Pictoplasma Berlin. Now celebrating its 12th edition, Pictoplasma festival and conference brings together artists and creatives from across the globe, the trailblazers of tomorrow’s visual culture.

This year, the Festival’s focus zooms away from the stereotypical dot-dot-dash reduction of facial empathy to get a wider take on characters’ overall stature. In a series of cutting-edge artist presentations, workshops and screenings, guests will explore what appearance reveals about attitude, and how posture can communicate personality.

Of course, Colección SOLO will be there, checking out the latest trends in figurative character design, taking in the exhibitions and meeting up with friends. Previous editions have featured Colección SOLO artists including Yomsnil, Raymond Lemstra and Akinori Oishi, and we’re convinced that this year will have exciting surprises in store too.