The Cannes Q&A: Tristan Eaton

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If you passed by the Majestic last week, odds are you saw 28-year-old artist, illustrator, toy designer and ringleader of the ThunderDog collective, Tristan Eaton, hard at work on a series of panels outside the Corbis Creativity Cafe. Once we got our voices back we tracked Tristan down for his thoughts on the week.

Early pasting...
Early pasting...
What are your impressions of the festival and the surrounding hoopla?

It seemed like there was a lot of questioning going on about the nature of advertising, old school versus new school. At this point its a trite conversation, but it was topical. A lot of the creatives I met are really just pulling the right strings, advertising in a new and different way, like the guy from Tribal DDB making the real life Monopoly board in London...that's the future of advertising, instead of invading the entertainment, becoming the entertainment.

More detailing...
More detailing...
Overall the whole week was pretty awesome, for me as an illustrator, the majority of time I'm communicating with agencies is over the phone or email, it was great to spend some time with these people. It was a great time for all the creatives and agency people to get to hang out like that.

For us it was an exercise in artists collaborating with a corporation. The collaboration with Corbis was one of the best we've ever had...they put their money where their mouth is, they didn't stifle us in any way. The relationship was so free-form and so collaborative, it was amazing. It's rare to collaborate with a company on that scale and have so much fun. It was an honor to have my work on the Palais, the billboard. it was an honor to have Corbis back me up like that.

Nearing the end...
Nearing the end...
What was your favorite restaurant?

The oldest restaurant in Cannes, Auberge Proven
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