A bright spot, with watercolors
December 16, 2011 11:12 AM   Subscribe

I was looking around at the state of using watercolors in animation, but wasn't finding anything really cohesive about the topic.

But here's funky example of it in Breakbot's music video Baby I'm Yours.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:15 AM on December 16, 2011

OK, that was really nice. :)
posted by zarq at 11:22 AM on December 16, 2011

Yeah, that was a sweet little animation.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 11:26 AM on December 16, 2011

Yeah, but I really like the second one, because it was actually watercolor paintings that were used.

Every since I saw an example of using the medium to animate at the Black Maria Festival about 5-6 years ago, I've been fascinated by the technique. Animation is usually about doing a smooth transition between frames, but watercolors makes that fairly impossible, but adds another level of meaning or vibrancy.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:29 AM on December 16, 2011

I'm not sure what you're looking for regarding the state of using watercolor in animation, but I imagine it's rarely done, due to the difficulty of controlling water color with precision, as you noted.

The main video looks more like computer animation, which would be more in line with the other work in that Vimeo account's collection (Tiji is a preschool-focused TV channel, not an artist's name/handle). The second video looks like water color, and it looks a lot more raw because of it. While the overall image flows, the colors jump from frame to frame, unlike the first animation, which feels more like Disney "animated brush" animation (second example with a different style).
posted by filthy light thief at 11:31 AM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


He can make friends with the Zebra!
posted by jillithd at 11:33 AM on December 16, 2011 [3 favorites]

I was feeling a little down this morning and this has definitely helped add positive points to today's emotional balance sheet :)

Thanks for this!
posted by fantodstic at 11:42 AM on December 16, 2011

I want to hug the panda and tell him he is handsome the way he is. Just like zebra, killer whale, polar bear, skunk, and holstein and my cat :)

Black & white animals are the best!
posted by pointystick at 12:27 PM on December 16, 2011

I found the black and white line-drawing version more interesting because it was more challenging to look at. And it would have been better without DesignSwan's commentary, which was a bit too first-year-art-school for my taste.

Neat animation though!
posted by Fraxas at 1:02 PM on December 16, 2011

That was adorable!
posted by ellieBOA at 1:14 PM on December 16, 2011

That was awww!
posted by psoas at 1:42 PM on December 16, 2011

The baboon's butt getting mistaken for fruit by the red paintbrush made me laugh.
posted by Toothless Willy at 2:46 PM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Oh man the sad panda made me sad. Don't be sad, panda! You look sharp.
posted by louche mustachio at 6:24 PM on December 16, 2011 [2 favorites]

posted by HuronBob at 10:42 PM on December 16, 2011

Fantasia 2000's Carnival of the Animals was watercolor animation.
posted by artychoke at 11:10 PM on December 16, 2011

Aw. I was kind of hoping the boy would grab a pencil and colour in the panda. I mean, sure, appreciating nature the way it is is great and defacing books is bad... but... I just want the panda to be happy!
posted by lovedbymarylane at 12:45 AM on December 17, 2011

Animators always see themselves as God.
posted by cazoo at 4:05 PM on December 17, 2011

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