Ori Toor's Hypnotics

Illustration // Thursday, June 21, 2012
Hypnotizing and alluring- the digitally illustrated animation loops or Ori Toor will suck you in. With his stimulating repetitive movements in color and form, these short teases for an upcoming project of Toor's might be the most tantalizing thing my eyeballs have seen all week. Love.

"There's A Dead Crow Outside" by Morgan Miller

Illustration // Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The crow is dead, a short illustrated animation by Morgan Miller- on the topics of karma and fate? Or perhaps just the natural cycle of existence? Or maybe its just a witty, humorous little cartoon. Miller has screened at the Animation Block Party, Rural Route Film Festival, American Museum of the Moving Image, The Iron Mule Film Festival in NYC and the Atlanta Underground Film Festival to name a few...

Lluis Fuzzhound's "Marooned on Watango Island"

Illustration // Friday, June 15, 2012
Fresh from the mind of Australian painter, illustrator and animator Lluis Fuzzhound comes a new animated short called "Marooned on Watango Island." Fuzzhound grew up eating Cocoa Pops and watching cartoons everyday afterschool and it shows. His short is a wonderful throwback to the old Cartoon Modern style, complete with jazz, tiki and good old-fashioned desert island hijinks.

From PBS: "The Evolution of 8-Bit Art" Video

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 14, 2012
PBS' Off the Book specials are fantastic short documentaries covering a wide-range of subjects, and new one recently aired and posted was "The Evolution of 8-Bit Art", talking about the wide-reaching impact the simple pixelated artform has had on the greater whole of contemporary culture, music, art, and memory. It has grown so far beyond Atari and Nintendo, with even the current E3 convention showcasing a nostalgia for the power of 8-bit.

Simon's Cat

Illustration // Saturday, June 02, 2012
Simon’s Cat is a charming, yet mischievous cat that lives with Simon. He made his first appearance online, in a film called 'Cat Man Do'. Since then he has also appeared in his own books, game and comic strip. Simon is an English animator who has a great interest in British wildlife, painting, the great outdoors and of course cats. He started animating at a very young age, and in real life owns 4 cats Jess, Maisy, Hugh and Teddy.

Classic: Chris Ware Animations for "This American Life"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 29, 2012
There’s no question Chris Ware’s work appeals heavily to a desire for buy-able products of today that hearken back to a vintage period in American advertising. He is one of the top artists able to do something with those nostalgic aesthetics. His first forays into animation–for National Public Radio’s televised This American Life– work perfectly within the show’s context.

Chris Ware does Animation

Illustration // Monday, May 28, 2012
There’s no question Chris Ware’s work appeals heavily to a desire for buy-able products of today that hearken back to a vintage period in American advertising. He is one of the top artists able to do something with those nostalgic aesthetics. His first forays into animation–for National Public Radio’s televised This American Life– work perfectly within the show’s context. Ware has a talent for observation done in his certain small, sad mode by bringing a certain aesthetic touch to a small story.

Horfe: "Death Is Home" Animated Video

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Topsafe London and ILoveDust combined efforts to animate this short video of Horfe’s quirky drawings. Excellent!

Benjamin Ducroz's Phosphene

Illustration // Sunday, May 20, 2012
Benjamin Ducroz, is a Melbourne based artist, illustrator and motion designer who references the environment to find shapes, patterns and movements that inspire him to create the amazing, gorgeously abstract animation work that he does. While some of his work has an organic feel, they are also full of geometric tension- call it sacred geometry.

Umbra: A Short Adventurous Animation

Illustration // Thursday, May 17, 2012
In this little expedition, an explorer adventures into an unknown world, yet it seems that he has been there before. 'Umbra' is a short animated film directed by Malcolm Sutherland in with music by Alison Melville and Ben Grossman, and foley by Leon Lo. Sound design by Malcolm Sutherland as well. This animation is all hand-drawn using a mix of pastels on paper and digital animation with Toonboom Studio and a wacom cintiq tablet.

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