I packed a lot of animation for you, my devoted readers, for a fun and relaxed weekend. Enjoy!
1. Madame Talbot
Found it on from with us or against us blog. This is a website selling dark art merchandise. They have lots of posters, skeleton baby dolls and lots of other stuff linked to gothic 18th-19th century western culture (like bottles of laudanum). Great stuff!
2. Ramona Falls – I Say Fever video
I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it, and I listened to it many time since. But that’s not the reason why I tell you about it. Check out the video. It’s really beautiful.
3. Fumiko’s Confession
Amazing anime clip. It’s so fast it actually tricks your brain into believing it’s falling off the hill and dodging pedestrians, trees and cats!
Found it on Coilhouse magazine blog. The style here is simply amazing. Using Flash, James Lee and Hania Lee created this fascinating action packed story featuring Tarboy, a hero born in the slavery tar pits who gets up and fights the high society robot regime. Check out the Tarboy website here.
I tried to play with the Darkstage logo theme a bit. This is what I came up with. I think I’ll stick it in the “about” section on the upcoming Darkstage Studio website. Click image to enlarge.
- Peter Hintz
An interesting post on with us or against us published this Monday linked to the gallery of Peter Hintz. He’s a German illustrator. I can’t really tell much about him since most of the info I found out was in German. But I wanted to note him here because of his inspiring work. I really love the dynamic lines in his art, they’re so free and spontaneous. He adds up to the lines textures and splatters of color and makes interesting compositions. His bizzare and sometimes pervert subjects also fascinate me.
- The Cat With Hands
Not a new short, but an interesting horror flick worth noting.
- John U. Abrahamson
A fine dark artist. I love his combination of fallen angels, gas masks, halos and dark atmospheres. His S&M artworks are also awesome.
- 9 minutes from the new ABC series “V”
A remake of the 1983 miniseries, the upcoming V has awesome special effects, as can be seen in this little video here. Totally cool spaceship hovers over New York and excellent chopper explosion. As far as I understand, the main story is of this day’s modern society and how it deals in the face of some motherfucking large motherships hovering over major cities of the world. Yup, much like Independence Day or Immortel (ad vitam). But I must admit this thing looked pretty good. I’m looking forward to see it!
- Despicable Me trailer
Last item for this week:
- Jan K. Vollmer
A 3D artist I found on 3Dtotal. His realistic glass rendering really captured my eye. He has amazing artwork on his website. Jan uses 3dsmax and VRay. For the image below he won the CG Arena excellence award. That kind of craftsmanship is what I aspire to.
- David Lam
Also featured on 3Dtotal is David lam’s amazing demo reel. He worked on some of the most recent and amazing games, like Prototype, a Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Halo 3. Also an amazing demoreel worth watching.
- Short film: Popped
This is a fantastic short created by Bianca Beneduci through the VFS Classical Animation program. Through a clever use of storytelling and metaphor, Bianca presents very familiar situations of peer pressure and conformity. It’s stuff everyone faces at one point or another. I love the dark creatures and how their character design implies their intentions. The ending shot is amazing. Just watch it, okay?
- Stephane Halleux
Stephane’s sculptures are a fascinating combination of Tim Burton, Douglas Tennapel and French films. Halleux uses metallic parts and leather to give his sculptures a disturbing feeling. All of his designs follow these consistent ghoulish themes which I really love. His characters have long, eerie and sharp metallic fingers.
Among his vast collection of characters there’s the classic “doctor” holding a peculiar tool bag that invalidates your trust in the medical authorities. I also loved the ones who were confined to wheelchairs. Those evil contraptions make you think whether it’s for the patient’s own good or to fulfill someone’s sick sadistic pleasures.
- Sam Weber
Another amazing illustrator that has captured my mind. He illustrates for editorials, books and even comics. He has great stuff.
A few days ago I uploaded some exercises I did as a part of an introduction to classical drawing class I’m taking. Right now I’m taking an advanced class, which is also an introduction, but this time to anatomy. Check out the rest of my gallery here.
…And until I come up with a name I really like I’ll keep putting different names on the title.
- Dean Spanley
I know this is not a new film, but I found out about it, yet again, thanks to the amazing The Art of the Title site.
- Illustrator Dave Lange
Found out about his cool gallery on Wednesday. He draws amazing comics art and has some work inspired by Giger’s biomechanics concept. He also made some really cool horror film DVD covers. Really worth checking.
- Living Climate Change welcome video
Living Climate Change is an initiative that concentrates on adapting design concepts in a society that changes for the better of our environment. This project is hosted by IDEO, a global design and innovation company. Anyway, they made a really nice promotional video. I love this kind of clear, aesthetic design. It mixes animation and live-action. Worth checking out. Also check out an entire article about this on CGArena.