Archive for the ‘Illustration course’ category

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He put the looney in “Looney Tunes”

December 12, 2012

Animators like Alexander Petrov who bring deep literature alive with their oil paint smudged-fingers are important. But every once in a while, you just want to see an anvil drop from the sky and clobber Wile E. Coyote on the head. (Or maybe that’s just me?) The genre of the (truly) funny slapstick cartoon, in […]

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How to paint a novel at 24 frames per second

November 15, 2012

Be patient with the 30 second advertisement in the video, illustrators. It leads to a rewarding interview with traditionalist oil painter and Academy Award winning director of animations, Alexander Petrov, talking about the process behind My Love, his 25 minute adaptation of a 1927 novel by Ivan Sergeevich Shmelev. Click the “cc” speech balloon icon […]

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Of sea, sky and human spirit

July 24, 2012

So here it is: Alluded to in the videos in the previous post, the first animated film done for the IMAX format and camera. Alex Petrov’s The Old Man and the Sea also happens to be a marvel of illustration and painting. http://youtu.be/yKQw_sSAzTw Petrov crafts his treatment of Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize winning fiction not […]

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A finger-painted, animated “expression of dabs”

July 6, 2012

Russian animator Alexander Petrov works a lot  like a children’s book illustrator to make his films, though his films hardly rate as children’s fare. In the previous post we saw his mesmerizing film The Mermaid based on a Pushkin tale and the Slavic legend of the rusalka. It’s a tragic telling definitely not for children. In this […]

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De-foresting Kipling’s dark jungle

June 4, 2012

Rudyard Kipling, who had been born in Bombay and was happier in the Punjab and India than he ever was in England, actually wrote most of The Jungle Book stories in Vermont. He, his wife Carrie and their new baby daughter Josephine were wintering there on a farm, in a tiny cottage “with snow up to the windowsills,” he […]