002 – To Animate or Not to Animate

To Animate or Not to Animate

I really love good book design, such as Dave McKean, but I also really love great animations and motion graphics such as Dark Gospel. I am really quite stuck as to which direction to take with this project. I reall do love both areas and would love to work in an area that would let me experiment with different mediums, craft, design, digital.

I can envisage a well made books telling the story of Good Vs. Evil, laser cut silhouettes, meaningful layout, typography and illustartions, as well as a slick, well made animation.

Perhaps a mixture of the two? an interactive book / web page?

Although I would then miss out on the amazing look and feel of the printed text and paper stock.

I like the idea of mixing the MPP and MPE together, telling the story of my research into history, narratives and styles through a book or animation.






LIttle Red Riding Hood

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High 5

Dave McKean
The Wolves in the Walls / The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
Really love the artwork McKean produces, managed to talk with him this summer and it was a real eye opener. Is an amazing example of type and imagery, nothing in accidental, every little mark has a deep meaning to the story.

Edward Gory
I have always been a fan of his style of design and illustration, simple colours that really enthesis the feel of the words as well as the illustration.

Jhonen Vasquez
An amazing dark artist and responcible for some of my favorite animation and graphic novals. A very unique style with pop referenced that i can really relate to.

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Black Gospel

As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die

The Forest

Antonia is a 12 year old girl. She often has daydreams, in which she wonders of in to a magical far away forest, were she hides from the problems of the real world. One day, however, her father takes drastic measures and she has to face a decision.

Is your inner peace an utopian state until you have finally escaped the grip of the society and its rules? Or is affirmation a faster way to your personal luck? And what are you supposed to do, if you have to answer this question at the age of 12?

In the Animated Short “The Forest”, the protagonist has to cope with this question and her hostile environment and finds a simple but radical solution.


This is actually such a beautiful story. It shows that there is no individuality. In the class, they were all doing the exact same thing and getting the same marks. Also, look at the teacher, he has a mask on his face so we do not know what lies underneath. Did you notice that when they broke free, they all went the same way, showing that even though they had freedom, they couldn’t do anything their own way because they don’t know how to. At the end, he saved the dog he watches die everyday.

Video Games

Don’t Starve
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Kentucky Route Zero

Very much my like my most insperational artists, the subtle details in the animations, movements & lighting create a fantastic feeling

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