You’ve seen plenty of love stories, though none in the style of this animated film.

“Thought of You” by Ryan Woodward

Before I looked up more information this artist, I’ll admit I was completely enthralled as each frame unfurled. It wasn’t so much that this was about another love story, but more so it was the style he used to let the story unveil that was so captivating to watch. Both characters, brought to life each frame through this impressive and expressive sketchbook style to a song that evokes just as much emotion as the overlapping, gyrating pencil strokes. Of the multitude of videos and sites I’ve browsed over the years, I keep coming back to this video. Let me conclude by saying beautiful is an understatement. Thank you, Ryan, for creating this piece.

Oh, and the music is: “World Spins Madly On” by The Weepies. There. Done.  🙂

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Here’s a peek at the “making of” video for this… very interesting!

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And if you’re still wanting more information, you should probably know Ryan has a long history of success behind him – as an animator, animatic artist, storyboard artist and concept artist. Most recently, he has worked as a storybook artist for the new Avengers movie. Before that, he worked on: Thundercats, Where The Wild Things AreIronman 2Spider-man 2Spider-man 3Power Puff Girls The movie, to name a few. Here are a couple of examples to see his work.

Traditionally animated short film

MAKE SOME MUSIC ::: Turn your volume UP ::: Click to REMIX and share

Oh, and I forgot to mention, “Happy New Year” from everyone at Mono. Who are they you say? They’re a pretty popular design agency based in Minnesota (that’s Min-eh-soooooooooooo-dah) for those outsiders. So these guys do some pretty cool stuff for some pretty cool companies. Some you may have heard of: Apple, NBA TV, USA Network, MSNBC  to name a few. And their projects range from those in digital, tv/film, print, social media, experiential – pretty much across the gamut. So what of it then?

Well, they made a really cool interactive experience where you can create your own remix or song just by activating different sounds generated by clicking on one of their pixel people. When you click, you unleash the sound AND they also animate similarly to the sound in various pixellated loops. It’s really interesting to hear the melodies unfold, but they made it even MORE fun and exciting by adding a little REMIX button at the top. Press this baby, and well… you can just see for yourself. Enough blabbing… go make some music, people!!!

Unleash the fun, here.

Ever heard of Speed Painting? Check out these vids… a really neat way to unveil your talents

Painting is one of those segways I never traveled down as an artist – at least not yet anyways. However, after stumbling upon Agnes Cecile’s work and watching her videos, I have a renewed appreciation for the art form, as an artist myself and as a viewer. There’s something so mesmerizing to watch these paintings unveil themselves, and to see step-by-step the process of how many steps it actually takes to create one of these beautiful works of art. I really like the abstract compositions, her use of very expressive lines and dabs of color for creating dramatic accents throughout.

Agnes Cecile | Birthday | Speed Painting Series

You can see more of her videos here or check out her work on deviant art as well.

Mac ‘n’ Cheese, More Please…

 

This animated short was concepted, created, directed and produced by Tom Hankins, Gijs van Kooten, Guido Puijk and Roy Nieterau – four students at the Utrecht School of Arts. Personally, I loved this piece, and I really hope these guys continue to produce more work together. The style of the animation was really different, not over-the-top with effects, but even the perspectives of the camera angles and facial expressions, lighting, colors and painterly textures in the scenery… just brilliant!

The Description: Mac ‘n’ Cheese is an animated short directed and created by four students at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands. This roughly two minute animation took about five months to make, and about a bajillion peanut butter sandwiches.

The Plot Outline: When you find yourself running scared and running out of energy, there’s only a few options left to outrun your opponent through the southern desert. Stopping at nothing, watch these two guys wear each other out and rip through boundaries hitherto unbroken. Enjoy the ride!

Starring: Biggy, Skinny

 

To read more about this animation, check out their gallery or to see how this film was made, visit their site: macncheese.nl/  or check out their Facebook page: facebook.com/MacNCheeseShort 

Defective Detective by Cartoon Brew. Simply put, it’s brilliant!

Visually, this short film, created by the Cartoon Brew is just stunning to watch. Also, in under four minutes, they are able to not only impress you visually, but you know the story and enough about the characters to connect with them. Definitely worth viewing, even if you just need something to do while you’re waiting.