Archive for the ‘animation’ Category

Praying on the Subway

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New York City presents an opportunity for creativity at all times including dull subway rides.

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December 9th, 2015 at 10:59 am

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Who Is ISIS?

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Who Is ISIS?

Creatures filled with hatred toward other human beings.

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November 24th, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Mugabe Is Old

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I have been working on a series of portrait illustrations of individuals that I consider akin to dictators over the past year. The series is titled “Drunk with Power”. The intention of the illustrations is to make them into animations which is happening very slowly. Occasionally, I’ll make a quick animation, such as the one above. There is also a web version of this animation that uses code for the background rather than triangles colored using markers: http://rmz.nyc/mugabe.html

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November 23rd, 2015 at 10:30 am

Mary Reid Kelley’s “The Thong of Dionysus”

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Mary Reid Kelley – "On Embarrassment" from Hammer Museum on Vimeo.

Last week I encountered Mary Reid Kelley’s new video at Frederick & Freiser Gallery in Chelsea and it is great! Upon walking in, I was about to walk out, because the video uses poetic verse which I generally do not want to listen to. However, the visuals, the costumes and makeup, the embedded videos and the use of Greek mythology are so quirky that I stuck around and I’m glad that I did. The artist takes the role of Dionysus and has fun with gender role reversal while celebrating sexual appetite and I’m certain there is more to the piece. The entire video is available on Mary Reid Kelley’s site.

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October 26th, 2015 at 6:04 pm

“Old Man” by Leah Shore

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Animator Leash Shore is awesome! She fluidly mixes so many different types of animation from hand drawn and painted to computer drawn to claymation to montage, from black and white to color… and it all comes together beautifully. I particularly like how she will render the same character in different formats. Charles Manson is at first a drawing with a blacked out head, later he is a claymation style puppet with a ball of hair for a head.

And the train of thought represented in the visuals is engaging while being imaginative… The jumps from one subject to another is weird, but they make sense, such as JFK’s head morphing into Fidel, Marilyn, Hitler… This is inspiring work!

Old Man from Leah Shore on Vimeo.

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October 7th, 2015 at 9:05 am

Crimea to Putin

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Over the past year, I’ve been slightly obsessed with Vladimir Putin. As the annexation of Crimea occurred in spring of 2014, I took in all the news as I tried to understand why in this day and age following two world wars and the cold war of the past century a world leader would behave in such a manner. I understand that Crimeans speak primarily Russian and not Ukrainian, that Crimea was part of Russia until 1954 and perhaps culturally the Crimean majority identify as Russian. But to make the power play of absorbing a portion of another country immediately following a revolution, strikes me as a land grab of another era not reflective of our globalized, pan-capitalist world. I of course wondered if Putin is today’s Stalin, as many other people make the connection. In considering this annexation, I assembled this animation as I work on a slightly less shorter animated portrait.

“Dance” Animation by

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Last fall, I had the great pleasure of working with Hunter College Macaulay Honors student Ashley van der Grinten to create this beautiful animation. “Dance” is a collaboration between Ms. van der Grinten, videographer and dancer Shanika Powell and dancer Christina McEachern. The final animation is a beautiful and creative hand drawn work that brings to life an abstracted human figure that dances across your screen.

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March 31st, 2015 at 8:28 am

That Angry Inch – Putin’s Twitch

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I’ve been following closely the dispute between Russia and the Ukraine regarding Crimea. At first, it seemed to be no more than a power grab by Russia for all sorts of reasons from capitalist power to cultural identity to saving face from a post cold-war reality. I’m not sure that this is not all true from the perspective of Russia, however, from the view of those who dissented and revolted against the Ukraine, it seems even more complex. Without living the reality, who knows, however from a distant observation, I couldn’t help, but create the GIF below.

Putin's Twitch

Putin’s Twitch

There’s more to come soon!

“The Commute” – An Animation by Joy Ling

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The Commute from Joy Ling on Vimeo.

The Department of Film & Media Studies at Hunter only has a couple of 2D animation courses – an Introduction to 2D Animation and a Motion Graphics course, so generally the work reflects that students are just getting started with animation. There are, however, amazing projects that come out of these courses. The professor of last fall 2014 Intro to 2D Animation, Anita Cheng, sent me the animation “The Commute” by Hunter Media Studies junior Joy Ling and I am so impressed by the work that I had to make note of it. Also I believe that any New Yorker who rides the subway can identify with it!

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March 25th, 2015 at 11:30 am

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HTML5 Sketch – “God Walks”

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Over the last couple of years, I’ve been doing small web sketches comprised of photos that I’ve shot and animations or illustrations that I’ve done. Since the Charlie Hebdo attack, I’ve been thinking about God or higher being in its most popular forms which lead to a visual idea that I quickly assembled. Below is the rotoscope loop of a male nude walking with a rotation of the heads of primary religious figures as popularly depicted. And here’s the gif embedded in an HTML page with music and 3d effects walking through digital space…

God Walks

God Walks

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January 19th, 2015 at 12:14 pm