Aug(De)Mented Reality is a fresh video that's recently been getting passed along the internet, and for hella good reasons. Hombre_McSteez combines traditional cell animation with still photography from his iPhone into one of the most captivating videos I've seen lately. It's always super cool to see 2D drawings roaming the 3D world, but seeing the real objects and landscapes responding to being played around with is what really makes this video come alive. We couldn't resist sharing something this perfectly executed.
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.
With over 1000 images, a carnival of mediums (water color, oil, collage, marker, and ink), and a retro dont-blame-me-when-it-gets-stuck-in-your-head kind of song, Reeo Zerko's stop-motion animation will make your lips curl in delight. As if this weren't enough, below the fold are images of the incomprehensible talent which drips (like my drool) from each page of his sketchbook. Damn he's good.
"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 lens—working 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.
Besides being a talented artist, Kristofer Ström is most known for his stop-motion doodle videos, where the art comes to life and interacts with everything from plates and picture frames to hands and music. The above is KOBRA episode 6, but every episode is worth taking the time to watch (especially this one).