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.

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!

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.

The Raid: Claymation w/Cats by Lee Hardcastle

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 16, 2012
We don't care if you are tired of cats on the web, because what Lee Hardcastle does is beyond just cats. He recreates films with claymation cats, violence and gore all included. His newest claymation is a remake of the 2011 Indonesian film, The Raid, an extremely violent movie directed by Gareth Evans. But we are here to talk about cats.

The Tourists from Malcom Sutherland

Illustration // Monday, May 14, 2012
Another transient day at the beach...... In this animated short Malcolm Sutherland lovingly pokes fun at the transient yet timeless life of the beach tourist. Animated ink on paper, made in 2007. Malcom is a filmmaker, animator and illustrator who is alive & well in Montreal, Quebec.

Mac 'n' Cheese Animation

Illustration // Thursday, May 10, 2012
Mac 'n' Cheese is an animated short directed and created by four students at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands. This roughly two minute animation took about five months to make, and about a bajillion peanut butter sandwiches. When you find yourself running scared and running out of energy, there's only a few options left to outrun your opponent through the southern desert...

Where Things Come From by Hardy Seiler

Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
An inspiring and charming motion graphic conceived by Hardy Seiler and executed with the help of his talented peers. Hardy Seiler is a creative in Hannover, Germany where he creates straightforward and compelling communication design. He specialises in corporate, editorial, graphic and design.

Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia @ Walt Disney Museum, SF

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 09, 2012
The Walt Disney Family Museum present Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia featuring drawings by Heinrich Kley—Walt Disney’s most admired European illustrator—paired with art from Disney’s famed animated film Fantasia (1940). Opening this weekend from May 11 through September 17, 2012, the exhibition features 29 drawings by Kley and alongside more than 25 sketches, concept art, and maquettes from the Walt Disney classic film.


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