28.10.15 by Jeff

Animation of the Day: “Small People with Hats” by Sarina Nihei


Another incredible animation by my favourite animator, Tokyo-based Sarina Nihei (previously posted about here)! Nihei has such a distinct drawing style and it’s always paired with fantastic sound design. It’s hard to believe that this is student work but this was her graduate film from Royal College of Art. Someone needs to hire her immediately if they haven’t already.

Check out the delightful (yet violent) world of “Small People with Hats” below!

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11.09.15 by Jeff

An Interview with Master Calligrapher Seb Lester

Calligrapher and type designer Sebastian “Seb” Lester is one of my favourite people to follow on Instagram (@seblester). The hand drawn calligraphy videos that he creates are so satisfying to watch that I find myself returning to them time and time again. It’s no wonder he’s amassed a following of over 1.2 million followers on his various social channels.

I asked Seb, of all the videos he’s made so far, which words have been the most fun to draw. The video above is a compilation of his favourites. A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to ask him a bit more about his work as a sort of mini interview to accompany the video. You can read it in its entirety, a view some more videos, below.


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02.04.15 by Jeff

Dear Data: A Fascinating Year-Long Hand-Drawn Data Visualisation Project


Designers Giorgia Lupi (New York) and Stefanie Posavec (London) recently launched a fascinating postcard project called Dear Data. Each week the two data artists measure one aspect of their daily lives and then represent that information with a drawing on a postcard. Every Monday they put their postcards into the mail to journey across the ocean to the other and begin collecting data for the next postcard. Having only met twice in person, this project is as much about the two of them getting to know one another as it is about finding creative ways to record details of their own lives.

There are so many interesting details in the notes they make for each other; instructions on how to decode the often extremely abstract ways they’ve represented their findings, as well as little tidbits about their day. The topics they choose for each week vary from people and purchases they make to emotions and the number of times they look at themselves in a mirror or window.

I love the analog and imperfect nature of the project; I think it makes the idea of data visualisation more accessible. I’ve included a bunch of their postcards below. Head over to their site to see larger images (they’re worth reading).

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27.11.14 by Jeff

Animation: New York at Night in 3,454 Oil Paintings


Here’s a hand-painted rotoscope animation by Zachary Johnson, featuring 3,454 oil paintings, with music by The Sea The Sea. Watch the animation below.

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30.10.14 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Trippy Hand Drawn Animation by Gabe Mangold


Okay, this animation by Gabe Mangold is a masterpiece, and there wasn’t a single frame that I could pick that would do it justice. It’s the freshest hand-drawn animation I’ve seen in a long time. The song, Girl Seizure” by Last Ex, is wonderfully strange already but the video takes it to another dimension altogether. Found via our Booooooom Vimeo Group.

Watch the animation below!

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20.03.14 by Jeff

Animation: “Trifling Habits” by Sarina Nihei


This short by Royal College of Art student, Sarina Nihei, is hand-drawn animation perfection. The Japanese-born animator has created a masterpiece, and from what I understand it’s her first-year film?! That’s enough to make me want to put everything I made in school in a pile, and set fire to it (I was maybe going to do that this weekend anyways).

The uneasy universe of the story is brilliantly brought to life by sound designer Pat Hime. This is one of those things you watch and as you are watching it you already know it is your favourite.

Watch “Trifling Habits” below.

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28.03.13 by Jeff

“Not About Us” by Michael Frei

Not About Us animation by Michael Frei
A superb little animation by Michael Frei. Watch below!

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12.10.12 by Kirsten Lepore

Hand drawn collection

Hey all! Guest contributor Kirsten Lepore here! Thought I’d put together an occasional animation-themed post with some of my all-time favs, both old and new.

In the current landscape of computer generated and manipulated imagery, there’s still something so special about a pencil drawing on paper — or in the case of animation, thousands of them.  So these 5 films, all mostly or entirely hand drawn, have been some of the most inspiring for me over the years.

“Triange” by Grace Nayoon Rhee

Grace Nayoon Rhee is an amazingly talented young filmmaker, currently working towards her MFA at CalArts.  She imbues the characteristically harmless hand drawn medium with such a disturbing and cinematic quality, that I can’t help but get completely sucked in to the world she’s created.  The sound is incredible as well.

“All Consuming Love (Man in a Cat)” by Louis Hudson

Incredibly beautiful, perfectly strange, somehow still so relatable.

“Who I Am and What I Want” by Chris Shepherd and David Shrigley

This one’s from a few years back, and combines David’s Shrigley’s awesome drawing style and sensibilities with Chris Shepherd’s animation and filmmaking expertise.

“Killing of an Egg” by Paul Driessen

I think I first saw this animation on Nickelodeon when I was a really young kid, but it has remained one of my favorites since then.  My parents even have a video of me as an 8-year-old reciting the entire thing word-for-word, doing my best faux Italian accent.

“A Family Portrait” by Joseph Pierce

This was one of my favorites from Slamdance a few years ago.  Great concept and some gorgeous physics-defying animation.