Posts tagged 'Hand Drawn'

The Jump

I’ve technically already posted the attached – it was, after all, included in Late Night Work Club’s ultra-rad first release, Ghost Stories – but, considering that it was my favorite of the bunch, I figured this magical bit of animation from Charles Huettner deserved its own entry on the site. ENJOY!

[ The Jump ]


Paul Dini meets Interstella 5555; this Mat Zo & Porter Robinson animated music video by The Line is a candy-colored, atmospheric, neon-laced, future-Tokyo treat. Enjoy!

P.S. Give Fantasy a watch next…or maybe Manners; I honestly can’t decide which would be a better follow-up to the attached.

[ Easy - Mat Zo & Porter Robinson (Official Video) ]

The Deep End

Jake Fried has been hard at work since we first posted Waiting Room last May. His latest, The Deep End (attached above), is exceptional. Enjoy!

[ The Deep End ]

Dig Your Own Hole

“When you don’t know what you want,
You just repeat yourself again;
In the end, you just repeat yourself again.
When you don’t know who you are,
You dig yourself the hole you’re in.”

Another stunner from Gotye, y’all…this time with visuals by Saiman Chow. Grab your headphones, dive-in and enjoy.

A big thanks is due to Colton for the heads-up! Cheers!

[ Gotye - Dig Your Own Hole - official video ]

Dissimilated Vision

Absolutely loving this two-and-a-half minute dose of delicate, hypnotic, hand-drawn, constantly-morphing line animation from Katayama Takuto. The sparse, plodding piano backing (by Kikuchi Ryouta) compliments the visuals quite nicely, too. Enjoy!

[ 異化した視覚 / Dissimilated Vision ]

Giving Me A Chance

“You know I never want to let you down,
It cuts me up to see you sad.
And I wish that I could undo what I’ve done;
Give back the faith in me you had.”

Another day, another fantastic music video for a tune from Gotye’s Making Mirrors. This one’s packed with playful, surreal hand drawn visuals (directed/animated by Gina Thorstensen and Nacho Rodriguez with help from Giulia Bellunato) that do a great job fleshing out and exploring the themes of regret, longing, identity, forgiveness and hope presented in the song.

As alluded to above, we’ve posted loads of great music videos from Making Mirrors to the site that can be conveniently accessed via our Gotye feed. Happy browsing!

[ Gotye - Giving Me A Chance - official video ]


Here’s another delectable morsel of hand drawn animation from this year’s bountiful Gobelins harvest. It’s by four, third-year students – Todd DeJong, Tom Law, Wandrille Maunoury, Etienne Metois and Jonathan Vermersch – and does a fantastic job illustrating a distinct flavor of anxiety we’ve probably all experienced.

P.S. If you’re into ‘making of’s then you’re in luck: Wandrille, Tom and Todd each uploaded a behind-the-scenes peek of their individual contributions to Distance. Enjoy!

[ Distance ]


This short by Gobelins students Théo Guignard, Nöé Lecombre and Hugo Moreno reminds me of three distinct ‘flavors’: Stanley Kubrick‘s trademark sterile, ominous atmospheric direction, Bruce Timm‘s tight, economical illustrative style and Vangelis’ thick, synth-heavy ambient soundtracks. It strikes a just-right balance between hand-drawn 2D animation’s warmth and character and the immersion-heightening ability of subtly-executed 3D. It’s very nice; don’t hesitate to dive in.

If you’re diggin’ this one, I suggest you watch Countdown next.

P.S. Hugo posted a behind-the-scenes look at how ECLIPSE came together; if you’re into process it’s can’t miss.

P.P.S. Our Gobelins feed is filled to the brim with fantastic short films that are all worthy of your attention. Enjoy!

[ ECLIPSE via mcbess ]


“I think you should go. I don’t want you here.”

File under: LOLWAT

Cheers to Mickey Gral for sending this potent dose of bizarre by Julia Pott our way. Enjoy!

[ Belly ]


I wasn’t sure where this music video – by director/animator/illustrator/designer Martin Allais – was headed but ceased to care once the flowing bursts of animation kicked in at 0:41. It’s bizarre in the best of ways, diverting any effort that might have been paid towards narrative into an all-in exhibition of constantly morphing visuals. The animation shifts between hand-drawn and computer generated but shares a textural sheen that, when combined with the paper craft infused stop-motion, creates an intimate, playful atmosphere.

Technically, this project was ‘unofficial’ which just means My Dry Wet Mess didn’t have to pay a dime for a killer music video. It turns out that the bill was picked up by some generous folks over at IndieGoGo so ‘Cheers!’ to everyone who invested money out of ‘pure trust’, having no idea what Martin would end up creating.

I rather like this new, crowd funded world; thanks (again), internet.

Speaking of which, we’re indebted to ‘Mark I’ for dropping this one in our inbox. Thanks!

[ My Dry Wet Mess - Etcetera ]

Waiting Room

Trippy, mane.

Jake Fried creates his unique style of bizarre, constantly evolving animation by hand using only ink and wite-out. Once you’re done watching this, head over to his website to see more.

Cheers to Sam Lillard for the heads-up.

[ Waiting Room ]

Trichrome Blue

“Other companies may offer you paint, clothes, makeup, or any other range of objects to give you the experience of a color. A red convertible, blue wallpaper, yellow flowers, There are endless products to choose from. But at the end of the day, these are just objects, mere things. Trichrome can give you more…”

From the looks of it, Lois van Baarle intended this to be the first in a series of three films. There hasn’t been any new activity on the project in about two and a half years so I’m assuming she’s moved on. Bummer. The attached is a short, moody and ethereal sci-fi exploration into what types of products and services could soon be available in a future where technology continues to rapidly progress. Enjoy!

In addition to her animation chops Lois is also a fantastic illustrator whose work is definitely worth checking out.

[ Trichrome Blue ]

The Doldrums

Cheers to R.E. for sending us this fun, zone-out-retro-eye-candy music video created by Plastic Horse to promote Paul White‘s latest album, Rapping With Paul White. You can download The Doldrums as well as a few other choice cuts from the aforementioned release for free by clicking here or, if you’re willing to part with $9, the entire 26 tracks from either bandcamp or iChoons. Enjoy!

[ Paul White - The Doldrums [Animated Video] ]

Two Against One

“I get the feeling that it’s two against one.
I’m already fighting me, so what’s another one?”

The first suggestion to check out the attached came from Dave Hughes (of Off The Air fame) back on January 9th with the second ping, from Hartwell Millett, hitting our inbox just a few days later. Another 48 hours passed and then Zak Standel wrote in with the message, “how about you watch it and then write why its cool on the main page.”


The roster of talent on this one is deep. On the music side of things you’ve got a choice cut from Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi‘s latest project, Rome, with a guest appearance from Jack White (NICE). The trippy, bizarre and dark visuals are provided by the tag team duo of Chris Milk and Anthony Francisco Schepperd who we’ve both featured before: Chris directed the exquisitely bizarre Who’s Gonna Save My Soul? for Gnarls Barkley and Anthony helmed two of our all time favorites, Wail to God and The Music Scene.

Jack’s dark, ominous delivery is caramel-smooth which, as it effortlessly intermingles with the warm, cinematic and slow-plodding production, sets an emotional tone that gets further accentuated by Anthony’s signature forever-morphing animation style and Chris’ acerbic tendencies to push the bizarre. It’s not very long – only two minutes and change – but it doesn’t feel that way which, in this case at least, is a good thing. Headphones on, volume up, full-screen HD and, above all else, get comfortable: the forecast calls for multiple viewings.

A big thanks to everyone who wrote in! Cheers!

[ Rome - Two Against One ]

topo glassato al cioccolato

Warning! (Kinda) NSFW: There’s some brief shots of hand-drawn nudity in this one so you might not want to watch it at work.

We’ve been getting loads of great suggestions recently and have been slowly-but-surely passing them through our mental baleen, reserving only the tastiest bits of internet to pass along. Sam Lillard sent this fantastic morsel of bizarre, dark animation by Donato Sansone (a.k.a. milkyeyes) our way back in the beginning of December and it’s a shame we didn’t post it sooner. I’d recommend watching it late-night in a dark room with the volume way up as the sound design by Enrico Ascoli greatly enhances the unsettling, high-definition visuals. Thanks, Sam!


Pirate’s Life

“As simple as it looks. The whole video is hand drawn frame by frame - markers on paper.”

Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski are a directing duo from Poland who we’ve featured on the site before. They’re back with another labor intensive video, this time trading in flashlights and yarn for paper and markers. The hand-drawn execution goes beyond mere novelty (though it’s certainly a nice touch) by providing an aesthetic that reinforces we cut corners’ simple lyrics and aching earnestness. It’s as if the whole thing were drawn in a notebook on a long, contemplative and rainy bus ride home from school.

Kijek and Adamski are dedicated to their craft (just take a look at how many markers they went through) so do yourself a favor and head on over to their blog or Vimeo page to see more of their work. Oh, and a big ‘thank you’ is due to Hamilton for sending it our way. Cheers!

[ We Cut Corners "Pirate's Life" ]

You Came Out

“The face paint animation film is made up of 4,816 separate stills. Each and every frame was hand-painted, shot, wiped off and redrawn, slightly differently for the next frame in order to create a seamless sequence. This time-consuming process involved the band members lying still for two consecutive days in a studio…more

Ida Gronblom & Fabian Berglund (of W+K) and David Wilson (one of the many talented directors at Blinkink) were tapped by We Have Band to direct/create this stop motion music video for their tune, You Came Out. We likey.

[ We Have Band - You Came Out (Official Music Video) ]

Metal Spiderwebs

Some hand-drawn animated psychedelia courtesy of Chad VanGaalen (remember that rad video he put together for J. Mascis?) for his futuristic organic alter-ego Black Mold. Good stuff, folks!

A big thanks to J. Sherm for the heads-up!

[ Black Mold: Metal Spiderwebs ]


Astrophonica commissioned Emilski & Nick Duggins of UTILE to put together a video for their upcoming Fracture & Neptune retrospective LP. The abstract, hand-drawn psychedelic visuals are a fitting compliment to the cosmic, spaced-out drum ‘n bass sound of ‘Customtone’ and we’re confident you’ll dig it as much as we did. To hear more from the album head on over to Fracture & Neptune’s soundcloud account (my personal favorite is their bass-heavy remix of Stu Haxton’s ‘Miss Sunrise’). Grab those headphones and enjoy!

[ Astrophonica & UTILE present - Fracture & Neptune ft Martin Fieber - Customtone official video ]

Not Enough

“Can we be loved? Can we be three? Can we be all these things you said to me?”

J. Mascis  – of Dinosaur Jr. fame – enlisted the help of one of his Sub Pop friends, Chad Van Gaalen, to supply the artwork (all hand drawn!) and direct this music video for his tune, ‘Not Enough’. It exudes good vibes so grab those headphones and soak in the psychedelic sunshine. Enjoy!

[ J Mascis - Not Enough (OFFICIAL VIDEO) ]