Beautiful animation by Tom Haugomat & Bruno Mangyoku

We knew Tom Haugomat through his participation in the exhibition “Endgame” at Kuvva Gallery last year. Tom’s illustration has a distinctive aesthetic featuring minimal shapes formed by soft, complementary colours. He was fascinated with drawing and its narrative potential at an early age. After one year studying history of art and archaeology, Tom began his artistic path. It was at GOBELINS school that he realised a passion for motion pictures. There he met Bruno Mangyoku, a talented cartoonist, and together they made wonderful animated shorts with mixing techniques.

Here we’d like to introduce two amazing short films and two teasers by the duo. Curl up comfortably in your bed or couch for maximum enjoyment.

If you love the film “Drive”, you’ll enjoy this brilliant tribute. Using the elementary colour scheme of red, blue and yellow, Tom and Bruno managed to expand them to an incredible depth. Every shade and shape contrasts as well as complements each other greatly. Each frame can be printed out and hung on a wall forever.

“Jean-François” (2009) is a poetic story about a champion swimmer with the same name. Although the narrative runs back and forth between two different points of view, “Jean-François” as an adult and as a kid, the animation is able to blend these two seamlessly and beautifully. The subtle juxtaposition of the past and present version of diverse elements in “Jean-François”‘ life creates an incredibly intimate tone for the short. It was received the “Jean Luc Xiberras de la première oeuvre” award in Annecy Festival 2010.

This is only a teaser of “LE MEURTRE”. The short is like a modern take on a fairy tale between a shepherd, his sheep and the wolf. Again, every frame is so gorgeously composed that I automatically pause my brain to save the image longer in my mind while the animation keeps playing. Simply stunning.

The teaser of “Nuisible” tells a slice of Klaus’ life. As a reserved child, he had a silent life till supernatural ghost arrived to turn his life upside down. Amazingly narrated with a killer suspense.

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Beautiful animation by Tom Haugomat & Bruno Mangyoku

“LoopdeLoop” – The stunning animation challenge!

If you’re a GIFs addict (who isn’t?), you’ll find LoopdeLoop a precious treasure full of goodies. It’s an animation challenge where animators around the world compete once every two months based on a given topic. At the end of each challenge, all the submitted loops are compiled and screened live at Loop in Melbourne, Australia. During this event, a winner is also declared to enter the hall of fame and have their looped animation featured throughout the following month on LoopdeLoop’s site.

This wonderful project follows the footstep of The Animation Club’s Secret Handshake, an event hosting fun screenings to encourage local animators to create new shorts according to a theme each month. This was the golden opportunity for students and professionals alike to test their work and new techniques with a live audience. For LoopdeLoop, the goal is to connect independent animators internationally or locally during the monthly screening in Melbourne, and to relieve the loneliness feeling that may come with the long hours invested in the creation of animations.

While making short films can be a daunting process, LoopdeLoop has chosen a simpler route: animated loops. Nevertheless, it’s quite a challenge to refine an idea, a situation, an event that can make sense while being repeated nonstop. Winners are the loops producing an engaging sequence that flows seamlessly and has repeated viewings.

The current theme from now to mid-March is “Gravity”, don’t forget to participate here!

Meanwhile, be inspired by the winners of the theme “Faces” of December/January!

by Kevin Phung & Sixtine Dano – GRAND CHAMPS

by Leah Artwick & Brent Sievers – LOS ANGELES WINNER

by Matthew Ziegeler – ADELAIDE WINNER

by Ben Ommundson – MELBOURNE WINNER

by Ryley Miller – SYDNEY WINNER

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

“LoopdeLoop” – The stunning animation challenge!

Lego + illustration = splendiferous!

What I love about illustration is that it can always surprise me when I expect it least. One great example is this genius project combining beautiful patterns with plain Lego bricks by Cosmic Nuggets.

Using some of the most basic Lego bricks, Cosmic Nuggets turned them into his very own creations with his signature cosmic illustration style. Each figurine is a gorgeous entity with its own beautiful constellation-like body painting. The illustrations indicate not only their appearances, but also their personalities and characters. Some look genuinely innocent, while others seem to have some ideas in mind…

The figurines are not only 3D models but also 2D jigsaw puzzles. Putting the bricks together must be so fun, and at the end of the day, you’ll have these super cool guys standing guard at your desk.

Cosmic Nuggets is the brainchild of a youngish Scottish artist. He let his imagination run free from an early age, and that’s how he discovered an intense interest in biology, specifically the areas of species and evolution. He’s now all about bringing his imagined beings to life, to give them a personality and families like these Lego figurines.

Cosmic Nuggets is experimenting more to make the paint more durable when applied to Lego bricks. Meanwhile, you can support him by buying his art prints here!

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Lego + illustration = splendiferous!

The hand-drawn heritage of Disney

With two Academy Awards this year, one for Best Animated Feature Film (“Big Hero 6”) and one for Best Animated Short (“Feast”), Disney is on a winning streak with its flawless CG production. Let’s be nostalgic and look at the beginning of all – the deep legacy of Disney’s hand-drawn animation.

Back in the days, every little detail of an animation was made entirely by hand on papers. On an average, 24 drawings should be done for one second of movement. A scene can last from two to six seconds, but it can take an animator days to weeks to get every sequence of movement right.

A classic assignment animation students do is animating a bouncing ball. This seemingly simple task comprises all there is to know about animation physics, including the two most important elements: timing and spacing. The smallest adjustments from one frame to another can already make the difference between boring movements and amazing animation.

Since the early days, Disney artists had achieve an expert level of nuance of emotional expression. The limbs, hair and body’s movements tell as much about a character’s feeling as the facial expression.

Here Bambi’s legs jumped, stretched and squashed to express eagerness, but they still maintained very well the bone structure of the fawn.

Animation by Milt Kahl (Walt Disney Studios)

Robin Hood’s feather on his hat and his tail move in sync with his hands and legs to express his happy mood.

Animation by Milt Kahl (Walt Disney Studios)

And here Aurora was amazed by the objects she saw in the room. You can clearly see her shoulders and arms drew back in joy.

Animation by Marc Davis (Walt Disney Studios)

The video below shows Helene Stanley, the live action model for Aurora, Cinderella and Anita (“101 Dalmatians”). Here her gestures were filmed and traced over in a technique called Rotoscoping.

Glen Keane came to Disney as part of the second generation after Walt Disney’s original “Nine old Men.” And he was famous for his skill in “Follow Through and Overlapping Action.” For example, here Ariel’s hair continues moving forward after her head stops and pulls backward, only after a split second does Ariel’s hair pull backward too.

Animation test by Glen Keane (Walt Disney Studios)

And here Shere Khan’s chin leads the movement of its head in a smooth arc, whose end leads to the next movement – an eyebrow raise.

Animation by Milt Kahl (Walt Disney Studios)

CG animation also uses the same techniques, but most of the expressive quality in the pre-production drawings is lost. With the Oscar-winning short film “Paperman” in 2013, Disney artists sought new ways to integrate the expressiveness of hand-drawn into computer elements. The technique uses traditional hand-drawn 2D animation by carrying the information with the 3D CG using a program called “Meander” created by Eric Daniels. The result was magical.

“Paperman” director John Kahrs shared his fascination with hand-drawn animation: “There’s something about that hand of the artists that I really admire so much. It was so expressive and it can tell such great emotion with such simplicity.”

So has hand-drawn animation come to an end? No, it has been carried on. Witness it in the behind-the-scene of “Feast”:

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

The hand-drawn heritage of Disney

Explore Simone Massoni’s refined illustrations about food

Illustrator Simone Massoni is really a guy of wonders. Every new artwork he makes has never ceased to amaze us. We featured him on Kuvva, had a super fun session shooting comments on his personal project “Chicks&Types”, and today we’d like to glide with you through the wonderful collection of illustrations Simone did for “The Food Issue” of The New Yorker.

Published on November 3rd, 2014, this special issue of The New Yorker discussed all aspects there are when it comes to food. This type of assignment gives lots of room for imagination and experiment, especially when Simone’s illustrations do not talk about one specific article, but spread all over the magazine. Under the ‘caring’ art direction of Chris Curry, Simone’s classy and tongue-in-cheek signature style is in its full glory.

What we enjoy much about this illustration series by Simone is his expert use of lines and negative space. Almost everything is drawn in the classic black and white cartoon shade, yet they have the ability to contain the fresh, crisp shapes of the presence (which deliberately or not, represents The New Yorker brand really well). The genius in Simone’s line work is its mind-blowing expressiveness. Each curve and loop seems so casual, yet tells just as much about the story as the whole illustration. The transition from one shape to another is so smooth and fluid that you get the feeling Simone drew everything in one go without lifting his pencil out of the paper once. Every negative space gives shape and everything acts as a background for something else. This sophisticated level of composition and detail perfection is just purely staggering and unbelievably beautiful. We’re stoked!










This one didn’t make the cut, but nevertheless beautiful:


This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Explore Simone Massoni’s refined illustrations about food