Incredible Calligraphy, Drawn to Look Like It’s 3D

As a graphic designer, I have an EXTREME admiration to those who also appreciate typography and the skill behind it. The art of hand-drawn type – and even drawing on paper – is not something you witness in person as readily as you once did before our digital age. When’s the last time you noticed someone on the train or sitting in the park with their sketchbook? Scratch that. When’s the last time you looked up from your own phone to pay attention to what’s happening around you – to notice someone like Tolga Girgin who’s been going to town on a type rendering not two seats over from you in your favorite coffee shop.
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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

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 

::: Yep, these are drawings alright… done with a ballpoint blue Bic pen :::

Juan Francisco Casas is insanely talented! He takes photos out and about and then uses them as the inspiration for creating these drawings. Awesome!!!

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Aaron Horkey | Rock of Eye

This guy’s talent is insane with these incredibly detailed illustrations. His style is insanely refined and controlled, but not only that… his hand-drawn type skills create envy in the eyes of any designer.

Some of his clients have been: Flip Skateboards, Neurosis, Andrew Bird, Flight of the Conchords and Mogwai to name a few. Amazing work! By far, this was the best Stumble I’ve found yet.

Here’s more of his work…