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October 10, 2013

Journey of a Tiny Explorer



Umbra is a hand drawn animation, a mix of drawing and pastel, that I came across about a year ago. It is still one of my favorites. Simple drawings with such a huge impact. The animation conveys such great emotion. I must have watched this a million times. I have a little folder in my bookmarks for links to watch when feeling a little in the dumps creatively. This video is at the top of the list. I hope you love it as much as I do.

September 4, 2013

Wonderfully Charming Drawn GIFs



I've had this in my bookmarks to share for a while, and I truly regret not posting about it earlier. It's a beautiful collection of animated GIFs made with the soft lines from colored pencils. The clips themselves are these fantastically awkward loops of people doing common things. Check out the Tumblr site, I guarantee you'll fall for this project by Thoka Maer.


May 8, 2013

Whiteboard + Marker + Doodles = Stop Motion Animation awesomeness!





It's true, whiteboard animation videos are trendy now, but they're typically used to explain complex services or somebody's political platform. Jonny Lawrence on the other hand is having a blast making them, just for the sheer fun of it. It involves tons of time, patience, storyboarding and doodle skills, but the final result is incredibly worth it.

Besides making the two animations above, Jonny is a talented concept/storyboard artist living and working in the United Kingdom.

Related: Check out The King of Doodle Animations

April 11, 2013

My Mom is an Airplane



I have to admit that I'm not the type of person to sit and watch random videos on YouTube or Vimeo. I typically click play and without much delay, I become bored. Yet, with Yulya Aronova's "My Mom is an Airplane" animation I quickly had the opposite reaction.



Frame after frame, I was pleasantly surprised with tiny creative touches. Like the part of the video where the mom-plane swooshes by a grey rain cloud revealing a sun with its rays, wet as if coming out of a hot shower. Or the Eiffel Tower blowing a kiss at the Tower of Pisa, knocking him over to give it that trademark lean. Very clever stuff.

But alas, I've spoiled too much, now go enjoy six awesome minutes.


February 11, 2013

Weird Dreams



This morning while I was browsing the web, I bumped into this video about weird dreams and strange nightmares.

The author is Jose Miguel Mendez. You know, one of those spanish exiles now based in London after living for a while in Paris.

I read his bio and found out that after spending some time working as an illustrator, he is now coursing through the MA Moving Image program at LCC. Well, I don't think he could have chosen any better, because I love this piece.


September 18, 2012

Exhale



"Samare" is a delicate and romantic stop-motion film by Moscow-born Nicolai Troshinsky. The short is about flirtatious movement. The animation dances across the pages of books, and everything from dandelion petals to flickering candlelight is propelled by the intimacy of breath.

Troshinsky himself seems as active as his lensóworking with children's literature publishers, teaching storytelling and cinematic language courses, and developing experimental games. You can help support and get a glimpse of his newest film "Astigmatismo" on his website.

His work will take your breath away.

Found via Coudal.

July 27, 2012

Collaboration At Its Best



100 students drew the 3,000 frames for this video. The montage of starkly different styles, techniques, and visions mesh so beautifully, so compellingly. This is collaboration at its best. Sometimes 100 heads are better than 1. Sit back and enjoy.

Found via Etsy




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