the ‘new’ book

21 10 2011

as I announced a few years ago, the NEW book is in the works. no, seriously – I am working hard on it now, together with a good friend and great artist, SANATAN SURYAVANSHI. above some of the artwork for the book. it is the second part of my book DREAM WORLDS, PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR ANIMATION and it will concentrate on COMPOSITION AND COLOR FOR FILM. if everything goes well it should be on the shelves sometime later next year, will keep you updated.

© bilderfabrik





moments 19

14 10 2011

I love the fashion photography of the 50s and 60s





suspense

12 10 2011





style 10.4

10 10 2011

storytelling and the visual arts are very close connected. look at the stories on the walls of the caves of lascaux. or most religious art throughout the middle ages, like the illuminated manuscripts or the stained glass windows of the christian cathedrals. art helps us to perceive aspects of reality we could not see otherwise. a chinese proverb says – one picture is worth ten thousand words, or – what ivan s.turgenev wrote 1862 in his novel ‘fathers and sons’ – ‘the drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book.’
in the compilation of artwork below I have collected some stories from all over the world. note besides the content their composition, the way the artists lead your eyes through their story. and study how the color is used to support the atmosphere, to help the viewer develop an emotional feeling.







regis loisel 5

9 10 2011

and some more of REGIS LOISEL’S visual development artwork for disney’s MULAN










© disney enterprises, inc / regis loisel





moments 18

7 10 2011





…in a hurry

5 10 2011





the rat catcher

4 10 2011

based on a medieval german fairy tale THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN czechoslovak film director JIRI BARTA produced in 1986 the 53 min long puppet-animated movie THE PIED PIPER ( ‘Krysař’ in czech, what means THE RAT CATCHER ). the whole jiří trnka studio KRATKY FILM was involved in what was one of the most ambitious projects in the history of Czech animation. research and preproduction time took six months, the filming with puppets up to 60 cm tall one year. barta’s ‘horror’-film creates a striking contrast to the disney version of the pied piper legend as a children’s comedy, his fascinating metaphor for a society focused on material demands comes to life in a very artistic style, heavily influenced by german expressionistic painters like EMIL NOLDE, MAX BECKMANN, ERICH HECKEL, CARL HOFER, ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER, MAX PECHSTEIN, KARL SCHMIDT-ROTTLUFF and KAETHE KOLLWITZ – but as well by medieval wooden sculpture artists like JOERG SYRLIN, HANS MULTSCHER and TILMAN RIEMENSCHNEIDER. interesting is the similarity in the tilted angles and twisted shapes in the environment of the 1920 silent horror film THE CABINET OF DR.CALIGARI directed by ROBERT WIENE. below some of the stylized sets of the puppet-animated film and the reference art that was probably used.





…following a collection of reference art that could have been used



© kratky film prague





late

3 10 2011








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