Saturday, July 30, 2011

Inside Animation

I have been really intrigued by the processes shown in these Youtube videos - one on Sylvain Chomet, who has animated films like Les Triples De Belleville and the very-scary short, La Vieille Dame et Les Pigeons. 

In addition there is this lovely video featuring animator Joanna Quinn. I think everyone will probably know her best as the woman who illustrates those annoying bears in the Charmin commericals, which is a pity, because her animation skills are far beyond selling toilet paper. I hope she gets a chance to do something better soon! In the meantime, you can watch her student film, Girls Night Out, and several other films, on her website. 

There is definitely a lot any artist, especially those who sketch figures or fashion figures, can learn from the animation process. I prefer personally to work often on tracing paper - I feel that the color translates better and you can see your progress beneath you. I might try this feeling of 'graduated' movement sketching in my next project.

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