10.11.15 by Jeff

Animator Spotlight: Jonathan Djob Nkondo

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After we featured the work of animator Nicolas Ménard he recommended we take a look at Jonathan Djob Nkondo’s work. I’ve seen his animated gifs reposted all over Tumblr for awhile now, and previously featured one of his animations here. He’s the kind of talent that I find difficult to feature because he creates such a wide variety of stuff (I wanna do a whole separate post on his graf stuff).

What I’ve included here is an animated comic that Jonathan has been periodically adding to on his Tumblr. This series of animated gifs captures his amazing sense of movement and colour, and there’s actually something almost more satisfying about following the story this way than simply hitting play on a video. Have a look at the rest of the moving panels below.

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04.11.15 by Jeff

Fantastic Animated Gifs by Illustrator Nicolas Ménard

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Love the work of London-based French Canadian illustrator and graphic artist Nicolas Ménard. The banana animation below is my fav.

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21.10.15 by Jeff

Animation of the Day: Buck’s “Blend”

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I’ve been animated by Buck! Life complete. Click below to check out the awesome anagram-inspired titles that opened the sold out Blendfest animation and creativity festival in Vancouver last weekend!

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05.10.15 by Jeff

1930s Style Animation + Jazz Music = Cuphead Video Game

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I rarely post anything video game related but this one, being developed by Studio MDHR, may interest some of you animators out there! Cuphead is an action game featuring fantastic 1930s style cel animations (hand drawn and hand inked), with watercolour backgrounds, and original jazz music. It looks so fun to play!

Players control two characters, Cuphead and Mugman, who after losing a dice roll with the devil, are forced to do his bidding. The game is slated for release as an XBOX and PC title sometime in 2016. Watch the preview video of the game below!

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02.10.15 by Jeff

Animation: Simpsons Pixels

 

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I recently came across a whole bunch of these cool pixelated Simpsons characters on Tumblr and after clicking through several different pages I found Simpsons Pixels. Not sure how I completely missed this brilliant animation from way back in February (it’s unforgivable really).

All the looping animated gifs are characters from Ivan Dixon and Paul Robertson’s amazing pixelated Simpsons animation – watch it below! There’s so many great references.

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14.09.15 by Jeff

Animation: “Fushigi Man” by Julian Glander

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Pittsburgh-based illustrator Julian Glander created this little animation for Himuro Yoshiteru’s “Fushigi Man” EP. Watch it below.

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24.08.15 by Staff

Video of the Day: Ziye Liu “Themes & Variations”

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Works by artists Yayoi Kusama and Ai Weiwei come alive in this amazing short exploring the use of 3D rendering to create new versions of existing work. Check it out below!

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19.08.15 by Staff

Animation of the Day: Gints Zilbalodis “Inaudible”

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Latvian filmmaker, Gints Zilbalodis, manages to capture a lot of emotion in his latest short about a trumpet player, struggling to cope with the loss of his hearing after a freak accident. Great use of sound and music by Bertrams Pauls Purvišķis as well. Watch the full video below!

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14.08.15 by Jeff

Animation of the Day: Silkie “Love Affair”

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Another flawless animation by London-based 2d and 3d animator Simon Landrein. This one for Silkie’s “Love Affair”. His style is so recognizable now, and he just knows how to pare down everything to just what’s necessary to tell a story. Fantastic work. Watch the animation below.

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