Tag: Animation

Animation

Young artist earns millions of YouTube hits because of exemplary character art

American Artist Ross Tran is the embodiment of how sheer talent and imagination can create massive success, even at a young age. The 23-year old has amassed almost two million hits on his YouTube channel, and it's not surprising why. His videos are laced with amazingly quick cuts, hyperactive presentation, playful tones, and quirky stops at his own apartment and school, as well as various locations. There are many elements to his witty work, but the main foundation lies in his bright and stylized tutorials showing how his art comes to life - from conception to implementation. When asked about his "secret to success" at such a young age, he tells his audiences that his portfolio is extremely personalized. He says that an artist must have a portfolio that screams out what you really want to do. In his case, he loves character designs. So he makes his work based on this particular passion. He advises fellow artists to avoid making "disposable" designs and show the whole world...
Animation

New York-based designer creates new letters and numbers series for over a month

A month of interactive graphic design? Jesseca Dollano was up for the challenge. The designer was born and raised in Hong Kong but now lives and works out of New York City as a digital designer for DesignIt. She took part in an online project called "36 Days of Type" where creatives were tasked to design letters and numbers every day for over a month. Dollano's submissions feature a fantastic blend of retro and contemporary aesthetics with some being animated. Dollano has worked for prestigious clients the likes of Microsoft and Samsung and continues to deliver top-notch projects. Find more of her amazing works on her website. ...
Animation

iLovecraft lets you experience true horror with immersive, interactive tales

H.P. Lovecraft remains a horror fiction icon to this day thanks to classics like The Call of Cthulhu. Developer iClassics Collection has turned these macabre tales into brilliant mobile experiences. iLovecraft is one of many interactive adaptations by the studio and is a perfect example of mobile storytelling done right. This collection has an unsettling aura about it, thanks to its well-composed ambient music, creepy animated elements that you can touch to activate, and an art style that makes you wonder if these aren't official, illustrated versions of the stories overseen by Lovecraft himself. The artwork is provided by David G. Forés with original music by Miquel Tejada. iLovecraft was an absolute joy to experience and I recommend it to everyone looking for some holiday chills! Check it out on iOS, Android and Amazon today and have a look at some enticing artwork below. ...
Animation

Quirky stop-motion animation video by popular YouTube artist

Animation tutorials are abundant on YouTube but Alexander Unger's videos are a little different. Unger runs a popular YouTube channel where he shares sculpting and claymation tutorials. Every now and again he'll upload a quirky stop motion short film assembling various little animation experiments. Here's his most recent one and it's quirky, to say the least! For one, the sound matters just as much here as the animation itself. Check it out below and find more of his work here. ...
Performance

Method Studios takes the cake (with texture)

Method Studios has created the ultimate dance video. Forget that early 2000s iPod commercial with black silhouettes, this studio created over 40 motion animated textures mapped onto dancers. Using motion capture, procedural animation, and dynamic simulations, dancing avatars bring textures to life before your eyes and the result is mind-blowing. This project was created for the AICP Awards and the textures chosen are meant to represent the AICP sponsors in color and dance. To say the least, Method Studios created a stellar piece of design. Check out the video below to see the full project. https://vimeo.com/169599296 ...
Creativity

PAPERMEALS: An ongoing video series about paper food

PAPERMEALS is an amazing ongoing series showcasing food made out of color paper. T The culinary animations by Melbourne-based production studio yelldesign are garnering much publicity on the web thanks to their creative take on food videography. Each clip features a variety of color papers folded into banana splits, bowls of ramen, and even plates of pasta. The series of clips are somewhat inspired by the works of director, PES - particularly his short film, Western Spaghetti. Watch the quirky sequences below, and find more on Vimeo. ...
Video

Elephant on a trampoline animation and 8 other unlikely animal adventrures

French animator and film director Nicolas Deveaux has created a series of imaginative short films that are a delight. After graduating from university in 2003, his first short film “7 tonnes 2” featured a realistic animation of an elephant jumping on a trampoline. This short is currently at more than 6 million views on YouTube with comments attempting to expose the hyper-realistic animation as fiction, even though it's actually fiction. In a statement on his website, the artist explains that his pursuit of realism in computer generated images brings him to investigate our relationship to photorealistic pictures. Because if people on the internet would actually believe that an elephant would go skydiving, then anything is possible. ...
Digital

Have a chuckle with these digitally animated doodles

Ross Bollinger is a visual story teller, and the mastermind behind Pencilmation Cartoons, funny and colorful animated shorts. There are voices and sound effects, but no dialogue, so language is not a barrier. Anyone can enjoy this. All of them are very simple drawings, telling very simple stories, but with a lot of work behind them. If you want to see more fun go to their YouTube channel. ...
Video

This black and white animation will move you without any dialogue

Oftentimes, short films are powerful enough to move us despite their brevity. Woody is the latest film that will touch your heart in mere ten minutes. Filmmaker Stuart Bowen spent nearly two years making the film, the story of which surrounds a wooden mannequin and his desire to play the piano. However, he lacks fingers! Without any color or dialogue, Woody manages to steal the audience away with its lighting, set design, and the clearly intricate animation techniques employed by Bowen. Check it out below, and be sure to watch the “making of” video after that. If you’d like to learn more, click here! ...
Video

Stop-motion animators talk about their process in Monocle interview

In a time when digital animation is at its peak, stop-motion continues to thrive. Monocle recently interviewed three popular stop-motion animators. Preferring their bare hands over digital means, Vera van Wolferen, Lucie Sunkova, and Daisy Jacobs have made tremendous strides in animation with films like “the Bigger Picture.” Monocle has produced a feature video interview with the animators to highlight their process and talk about their inspirations. Click here to watch the interview on Monocle’s website and do check out the short films below. ...
Creativity

Food in slow motion

Carl Warner is known for his wonderful and elaborated food landscapes, just looking at it will open your appetite. You can check some of those in this article. This time, he uses his multiple talents, legumes, beans and his endless imagination for a series of 4 short animations. This were tv adds highlighting the innovation of farming for the UK EXPO 15. You can see some shots and the whole video to enjoy the stop motion magic in action at the bottom. If you wish to see more of his delicious work, check out his website. ...
Illustration

Disney animals reimagined as humans

In a fun series created on Deviant Art, an artist that goes by the name of s0alaina has created images that show what some our our favorite Disney animal characters would look like as humans. The illustrations are shown in the style that their movies were created in. “I’ve often wondered what these animals would look like if they were human and I have enjoyed others’ illustrations of this concept. But, I noticed that most of these versions lacked character consistency thus making them not quite as believable and lovable,” she wrote. This can also be a fun guessing game! What characters do you think we have below? ...
Creativity

Argentinean studio creates Alice in Wonderland spin-off

We’re all familiar with Alice in Wonderland but here’s a unique look at the popular tale by  PLENTY Studio. Based in Argentina, PLENTY is known for beautiful 3D work in commercials and short films. They were recently tasked to create “We Need To Talk About Alice”, a short film based on Alice in Wonderland, by New Zealand-based non-profit organization String Theory. Watch the short film below. They also discuss their creative process underneath each project on their website so click here for more! ...
Art

Veteran Disney animator draws characters in 3D space with VR

We are at the verge of finding out just what virtual reality is capable of. Animator Glen Keane, however, is way past the finish line on this one. Having worked on Disney classics such as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin, Keane is no strange to bringing magic to the screen. Recently he had a chance to try Tilt Brush, a software for HTC's VR platform called “Vive”, that lets artists draw in 3D space. Rather than expand on its technological potential, Keane is keen, shall we say, on just what VR can make possible for a new generation of artists and animators. Watch the video below to find out what Keane thinks about VR. ...
Video

Playful characters in stop-motion animation for Disney Junior

Judging by his portfolio, Tom McCarten is perhaps one of the most versatile motion designers around. Teaming up with a studio, Mummu, McCarten created a short stop-motion animated video featuring live action characters. While only 26-seconds in length, the animation effectively conveys the theme of the channel with its vibrant color palette and imaginative characters. Check out the short below, and be sure to all view the behind the scenes video right after. ...
Video

Beautiful, emotional short film about robots

If you’ve seen Wall-E, then you'll feel a slight inclination to fall in love with this award-winning student-animated film. Jack Anderson has a lot going for him, if he can do this kind of work as a student of Chapman University. His Student Academy Award nominated film, about an unexpected encounter between two robots on a desolate mining planet, is just as beautiful as it is emotional. After about a year of rendering, Anderson was met with immense praise by animators and critics alike. Check out the heartfelt film below and get regular updates on Anderson's Reddit page. ...
Video

Balls is a trippy, hilarious animated short film by a London illustrator

One of the entries in VOTD.tv’s annual independent short film competition is this sweet little animated short by Mimi Leung. Hilariously called, “Balls”, Leung's animated short is just incredibly fun to watch. The London-based animator and illustrator made it into the online competition, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Describing the colorful yet trippy video, Leung writes that she was inspired “by the athleticism and sports-loving nature of Australians”. She goes on to describe her process, “I made a list of types of balls and set that list to music. I took this idea and developed an animated video for the song which focused on speed, fluidity and... balls!” Check out the short below and visit her website for more. ...
Creativity

Spectacular short film of beautiful geometric worlds

Cleverly titled, “Traveling Lights”, this short film gives you glimpses of beautiful two-dimensional worlds while exploring the ominous characteristics of positive and negative spaces. The geniuses behind this masterpiece hail from Germany and work under the name, “We Think Things”. When asked about the short, they harkened back to “the idea of combining simple shapes and then creating a completely new context, only by excluding intersecting shape areas”. The fact that you do not need the latest in CG technology to create wonderful animations is on full display in Traveling Lights. Watch the entire short film below and glance over some of its best moments in the screenshots following. ...
Creativity

Mythical creatures glow in the moonlight in this dazzling Japanese music video

Keeping with the tradition of bringing you the coolest and stunning videos circling the internet, here’s a trippy animation featuring creatures only a wild imagination can come up with. Satoru Kaneko is the lead animator behind, “SIZQ”, a magical animated music video directed by Kohei Yoshino for Japanese band, “Networks”. And dang, they’ve done a mind-bending job! The six-and-a-half-minute video depicts mythical creatures shining bright under the moonlight. The video, despite being designed as a music video, follows a narrative that is in itself very intriguing. Check out the entire music video below and some screen shots of the best moments! ...
Digital

If Lego made Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is on everyone‘s minds these days, and soon, its LEGO version will be as well. Kristin Kuciński is a visual effects and concept design student who was tasked to animate in 3D concepts of a LEGO-fied version of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Using Maya, Photoshop, and CryEngine, Kuciński brings to life a series of still images with a combination of high quality textures, CAD modelling, and painstakingly top-notch animation. Check out the behind-the-scenes video below and be inspired! ...
Creativity

Zoetropes unexpectedly combine embroidery and animation

Art and video go so well together but very rarely do we find something that makes the most of both media. Zoetropes is the perfect combination of the two. It’s a video of ever-rotating discs with embroidered images and objects that come alive in motion. As the discs rotate, digital artist Elliot Schultz takes multiple photographs that, when put together in sequence, give a subtle stop-motion effect. Citing the inspiration behind Zoetrope, he says, “Inspired by the work of Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker, I aimed to guide my production process indirectly through the limitations afforded by alternative media.” Check out the complete animation below and some GIFs of the best moments! ...
Video

Pixelated version of all the deaths on Game of Thrones, so far

Game of Thrones is one of the most talked about shows since Breaking Bad and its recent season five finale left fans eagerly awaiting more. In light of the ending of Game of Thrones' fifth season, here’s a grim 8-bit video version of all the deaths we’ve seen so far in the show. The video is titled, 'All Pixels Must Die' and it couldn’t be more appropriate. Animation studio Pipoca VFX has done an amazing job translating the already dark moments of the show into chilling pixels. Watch the full video below and a little warning...there will be SPOILERS! ...
Video

Studio Ghibli animator’s amazing commercials for all-natural bread

Studio Ghibli has been at the forefront of 2D animated films for decades and its acclaimed director, Hayao Miyazaki, has found a special place in the hearts of fans. Recently, one of Studio Ghibli's lead animators, Yoshiharu Sato, helped produce a series of three, masterfully-crafted commercials for bread company, Francois. The commercials feature the same visual quality the studio is renowned for and the subject of a mother and daughter pair closely follows the themes of some of Studio Ghibli's films. While the main character is definitely Francois’ “Slow Bread,” featuring all-natural ingredients, the commercial feels less like an advertisement and more like a short-film series with enjoyable recurring characters. Check out the commercials below! ...
Creativity

Iconic Twin Peaks opening sequence reanimated with papercraft

Youtube channel "And The World Was Paper" is dedicated to recreating movie scenes and trailers out of nothing but paper, and their latest creation is an ode to David Lynch's cult TV show 'Twin Peaks.' The iconic opening credit sequence was fully remade in papercraft down to each frame. Matthew Fuller, owner of the channel, has somehow infused the childlike quality of the creepy original intro. The atmosphere is kept intact with the use of the haunting theme song. Check out the awesome video below, and visit the channel for more papercraft animation fun. A TV reboot of Twin Peaks is currently in the works for 2016. ...
Art

See this adorable pet dog’s eventful life in illustrated Post-It notes

Dog lovers should take note, this is how you document the life of your pet. You're gonna need lots of Post-It notes... Ankita Shinde is a brilliant artist and a master of doodling. In her latest series called, 'Sketchnotes,' Shinde has been keeping tabs on her dog, watching closely for any adorable things she might do, and colorfully doodling them down on Post-It notes. She has even managed to animate some of them! Check out some of the furry pet action below and be sure to visit her website for more! ...
Illustration

Whimsical animations show small, happy moments in daily life

Using hand drawn illustrations, Maori Sakai has created a series of animations that illustrate small, happy moments that happen in everyday life. From a person on a bike carrying flowers paired with the words "flowers for you" to someone laying on the couch with books floating around them, each seems to have a secret meaning to be happy. By animating these illustrations, there is a whimsical element added. Displayed in GIF format, each makes the viewer want to take a moment to relax and appreciate the simplicity. For more, visit Sakai's website. ...
Illustration

Hypnotic music video drawn with markers and watercolor paint

London-based animator Emanuele Kabu has delivered a sensational animated music video for Oregon indie rock duo The Helio Sequence's latest single 'Upward Mobility.' The psychedelic visuals are made of constantly evolving patterns and characters, mostly hand-drawn with watercolor paint and marker pens. To create overlapping textures, digital animation was combined with stop-motion techniques and a wide variety of methods. The result is four minutes of art in motion. You can watch the vibrant music video below. Check out more of Kabu's visual works here. The Helio Sequence's self-titled new album came out on May 19th on Sub Pop. ...
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