“I really would say, I mean, at this point I feel like Obama is definitely the most, the biggest celebrity in the world at this point, and also… It’s funny you said, you know, it’s funny because I say that because he’s the most known, but I don’t really think we really know who the most powerful political animal really is.”
Hypnotizing Monochromatic Animated GIFs, Carl Burton
NYC-based artist Carl Burton atmospheric animated GIFs exist in a category of their own. Working primarily with Cinema 4D, Photoshop, and After Effects, Burton spends days at a time perfecting these enigmatic animations that blur the lines between surreal and science fiction.
Glen Keane is a former Disney animator, who worked on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzanand Tangled. His primary medium is traditional hand-drawn animation - even for the CG film Tangled, traditional animations were made to aid the style and look of the digital animation.
I’m not a fan of the ‘Disney’ art style, but I find Glen Keane’s work an inspiration for animation. None of his Disney characters are ‘cartoony’; i.e. zany / over the top cartoon style, something which I find cringeworthy - and although still characteristically ‘Disney’ they are incredibly lifelike and convincingly real.
Glen Keane focuses heavily on anatomy as an animator, which really shows. Especially Tarzan, who is physical in ever aspect of the character; muscular, always moving, and with the additional challenge of behaving like a great ape.
I think this is the most impressive aspect for me - how every figure or motion looks undeniably living and solid, even though it is made up of a few pencil lines. I also like how rough and sketchy his work is - it is quite reassuring as I personally find it hard to animate clean lines / shapes.
Infamously this resulted in the clean up artists having quite a task in Beauty and the Beast. However in many ways, less is more, and it is the basic shapes and path of movement that really matters.
InNephtali, he first-hand observed and drew a real ballerina performing various movements. Although the final animation is quite rough charcoal (there is a lot of line boiling) the constancy of anatomy never fails and the resulting dance is hypnotically realistic.
“This is why I got him; because he laughs. I thought he was laughing at all my jokes… turns out it’s my fashion sense. I stand by that green sweater!”
Mark is very loyal to his clothes. I was going to go with a modern Mark Hamill and go for a Grandpa-Chic feel… but it just wasn’t going with the rest of the series. So we have a Classic Mark instead. ^_^