Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Complimentary Studies: Digital Animation and Rotoscoping - Research


Process of drawing over or scratching into film, combining traditional real-life film and hand-drawn characters. First invented by Max Fleischer in 1917.

Fleischer's character Koko the Clown in his 'Out of the inkwell' series alongside Betty Boop.

Rotoscoping was a technique employed by Disney for their animations, starting with Snow White and continuing through several other of their productions like Alice in Wonderland and The Lady and the Tramp.

Rotoscoping was also utilised in the 1978 animated version of The Lord of the Rings

Animation/art styles I might want to borrow from in my own work:


Crazy 1988 Japanese cel animation, adapted from the manga of the same name. Anime style with hand painted backgrounds. A lot of effort went into the detail of the expression of the faces and movement of the mouth when the characters are talking.  Though I know I wont be able to replicate the anime style of drawing, it might be cool to paint over some film footage for backgrounds.

Eric Carle:

I really enjoy getting experimental with mark making, it's been a while since I've implemented the collage style of Erica Carle's work into my own. Scanned images might be great to help be flesh out my animation.

Jérémie Fischer:

I looked at this guy in my last projected, but didn't implement his energetic method of illustration into my work much. My previous experience of animation makes me think that an energetic approach to drawing might be the way to go, and I think I'd enjoy working towards this scribbley style. 

Ben Newman:

My most recent project and another of my other ongoing project have both had a focus on using a limited colour palette, I've got on well with the process so far and I'm intrigued with how it would work in an animation.

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