Here’s a lovely little animated feature from Disney Animation Studios (Pixar).
Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.
In cleaning out old files I came across a mountain of great images. They are in no particular order and have no links to their origins (sorry). So I will be posting 100 at a time. 151 this time. Enjoy.
Take the 83 images from Robert Frank’s 1958 classic, Les Américains. Use Photoshop to erase half the content. Leave some hats and chairs and jukeboxes. Add an “s” to the title and you have Less Américains, Mishka Henner’s latest book project, and the most striking example of his ongoing use of new technologies to illuminate the past and invigorate the present.
If you love books and book cover design, prepare to get lost for a long, long time at Publishers’ Bindings Online. I learned quite a bit browsing through the galleries. For instance the style known as Eastlake, named after Charles Locke Eastlake (1836-1906) who’s work was the precursor to what later developed to be the Arts and Crafts movement. Also the Art Nouveau and Japonisme galleries are rich with inspiration.
One note: the UI is not always intuitive, to search for all the samples of a given period click the “Search the PBO Database for…” link at the bottom of each gallery.