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Motion Art Moment: January 2012 Gorry Bug

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I would like to share with you something new I am doing for 2012, a Motion Art Moment. These will be short monthly videos that take a recent piece of my artwork/illustration/comics and animate them using digital tools. The first video above is from my drawing Gorry Bug in which I first showed a sample of the animation.

The term ‘Motion Art’ is a term I am basing on ‘Motion Comics’ (animated comic art such as DC’s Watchmen videos) which is Art of any sort re-purposed for animation. I might also use the term ‘Motion Illustration’ too.

I have been interested for quite a while in how you can use technology to re-purpose existing art from comic books, comic strips, illustrations and other forms into animation. In fact I have posts right here on the AtomicBearPress.com blog labeled Motion Comic Magic in which I have been sharing samples of internet videos using similar techniques and the tools artist use to create it. I hope these small videos allow me to explore new animation techniques and to share my artwork in a new way.

Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment here on the blog or on my twitter feed.

A post on re-purposing comics and illustration into animation


Motion Comic Magic – Eerie Magazine covers come alive!

A post on re-purposing comics and illustration into animation

For those who are new to my Motion Comic Magic posts, I am very interested in how art/comics can be re-purposed into animation and multimedia.

I just saw this awesome video (via Monster Brains blog) from Jason Willis  that re-purposes a a spooky record from 1973 with the cover art of Eerie magazine.

The Cast of Eerie Publications perform the Johnson-Smith Novelty Company “Horror Record”

A parallel universe alliance between Eerie Publications and the 1973 Johnson-Smith Novelty Company “Horror Record.”


Comic Book Trailers

A post on re-purposing comics and illustration into animation

Here are some new comic book trailers I have discovered on-line…

Mangaman by Barry Lyga with illustrations by Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil). A boy from a Manga (Japaneses Comic) universe somehow gets transported to the ‘real’ world and goes to an American high school. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing http://www.hmhbooks.com/
Just a nice trailer that gets the idea across.

A trailer for dave lapp’s CHILDREN OF THE ATOM with animation by Michael Darmanin and Dalton Sharp. Published by Conundrum Press http://www.conundrumpress.com
I just saw this trailer posted on the Canadian comic website/blog: Sequential and found the animation worked pretty well, but the music does get a bit repetitive.

This BD(French language comic) by the artist Stanislas and based on a famous radio drama by Jacques Tardi and Michel Boujut that was broadcast in France in the late 1990s. Published by Dargaud http://www.dargaud.com/
Wow, lots of animation in this one. Very nicely done with good music.

I just discovered Reed Gunter by Shane and Chris Houghton while looking at the latest art at Comic Art Fans. I was surprised I had not seen the comic before and I hope to be able to pick up some copies soon. The art is clean and full of appeal in the tales  of a cowpoke and his bear.
I really like the animation in this trailer.


Motion Comics and Marketing

A post on re-purposing comics and illustration into animation

With the dominance of the internet as our center of information, I have noticed more and more viral videos being made to enhance other entertainment such as plays, movies and video games. The short videos can give the audience more information and get them excited about the story yet to come. A few of them are Motion Comics or use the same animation techniques to create simple animation and story telling.

First of an animated promo for the opera The Tsar’s Bride at the Royal Opera House in London. The Royal Opera House has been doing quite a few impressive viral videos for their productions, including short animations and teasers. They really seem to be trying to take traditional music and dance in new ways. Great music of course.

Next up is a short back story to the movie Suckerpunch, which comes out soon. “The Trenches” by Ben Hibon helps us learn more about what happened before the movie takes place. (via Cartoon Brew) The style is very Motion Comic-ish, but created directly for video.

The new DC Superhero multi-player on-line game has posted multiple videos that give introductions to different characters and storylines. The art is comic book looking, but I don’t know if it was ever a comic book before the video. The do call it a “Cinematic Motion Comic”. This one is “New Heroes and Villains”

Here is one of my favorite on-line commercials with the clean line art of Mike Allred (creator of the comic Madman). Here WonderWoman sells makeup in a dramatic way.

Here is a video for MacmillanChildrens books “Peaceful Pieces”. What’s I like about this trailer is that it animates the book illustrations which are photos of quilts and gives snippets of poems from the book. Poetry is hard to sell, but maybe videos like this one is one way to take it to a new level and get new audiences.

And last are viral videos for the Starz series Dexter. In these animations we learn how the main character serial killer became who he is. I am not going to post the videos here do to my audience here on the blog. But you can see them here http://www.youtube.com/show?p=evLlAyxiXcE&tracker=show_v1


videos: Motion Illustration and Motion Comics pt 1

As some of you might know, I am very interested in not only animation and comics, but combining them together into Motion Illustration and Motion Comics. Motion Comics and Motion Illustration are where artwork used for different medium or format (usually an analog one) is adapted to tell a story with motion and sound. Some of these trailers and shorts use new material that was created specifically for the video that goes beyond just touching up some images in Photoshop, but they are included here as part of the same “family.”

Just a bit of disclosure is that I have made some videos like these myself. In fact I just posted some work two weeks ago that I did with comic creator Alexis E. Farjardo for a trailer for Kid Beowulf and the Song of Roland.

This is part 1 or 2 with these videos having more charm, humor, fantasy and whimsy.

First up we have Chris Ware’s poem, Falling. This goes to show how it does not take a lot of bells and whistles to add life to a video version of a comic. One thing that seems to run through all of these is having the right music though.

Luis Grane’s contribution to the Totoro Forest Project (www.totoroforestproject.org)

Some nice simple animation that works with the music to really give you a little treat.

Tim Sievert’s ‘That Salty Air’ Trailer (Top Shelf)

Here the folks at Top Shelf have actually created new animation based on the comic for this moody piece.

Jeffrey Brown’s INCREDIBLE CHANGE-BOTS (Top Shelf)

Lost Colony Trailer (FirstSecond books)

Diana Thung’s Captain Long Ears

Suzy Lee’s Wave (Chronicle books)

This is another nice simply done piece from a childrens book.

It’s A Book by Lane Smith (Macmillan)

This is just funny and charming and really well done.

Zits: Drive Her Crazy (Jantze Studio)

Not sure if Mike and his crew did new art or used art from the actual comic strip, but it’s really fun and well done. I am guessing we will see more of these coming in the near future.

Look for part 2 on Friday Nov 5 for a little Action and Adventure!