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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 22, 2013

Beyond the Classroom Walls





Zak Peric, an instructor at Tower Hamlets College in London, put together an outstanding doodle project with his students. Over the course of three days, 11 students doodled on the wall of their college.

Using only black ink, students drew shapes, characters, objects, and lines all around the encouraging and positive words: "The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do!"

Kudos to Zak for making this happen! Long live teachers and instructors that encourage the arts beyond just the walls of their classroom. Watch it all come to life in the time-lapse video below.


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 20, 2013

Matchbook Paintings





These images will make you look twice, and maybe two more times after that. Joseph Martinez paints inside matchbooks with such precision and patience you wont believe it until you watch the video for yourself. The art is often times smaller than the size of a dime.

I can't imagine anything more fascinating than seeing these matchbook paintings in person. Fortunately, those of you in San Francisco will have the opportunity at his upcoming show, A Little Piece of the Bay.

Scroll down, and you'll be asking yourself again and again how he's achieving such depth, shadows and detail.


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.


December 21, 2012

The Magic in a Book



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.


October 23, 2012

Dinner Can Wait, Watch This!

Do you have pasta boiling on the stove right now? If yes, stop reading this and come back later. Really! Same with any half-sleeping baby that might need your attention soon, or that thing scribbled in your diary to do in ten-minutes. Come back when your schedule is wide open, because this is my favourite sketchbook find so far! Ever!

Bryce Wymer is an artist (and creative director) based in Brooklyn NY. He has two hands (I'm making assumptions) that can do very cool things with paint and scissors, and here's the best bit. We all score front-row seats to watch him work! Yep, he made a bunch of time-lapse videos that start with a blank sketchbook page, and finish with... well, go see. Trust me, it's worth delaying dinner for.

Watch the videos after the fold





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