Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Thought of You (Ryan Woodward)

Thought of You (Ryan Woodward)
Thought of You (also on Vimeo) is a short animation by professional animator, storyboard and concept artist Ryan Woodward.

It is a simple but beautifully done dance sequence, with suggestions of a story, but open ended enough for viewers to make their own interpretations. Elegantly animated, the sequence is set to World Spins Madly On by The Weepies.

What I find particularly enjoyable is the way the characters are drawn as gestural figures, as though from quick life studies, or the kind of construction line drawings used by those who must invent the figure from imagination, like storyboard artists, illustrators and comics artists.

I also admire the way he has used variations in finish or solidity of the figures to evoke degrees of presence.

In addition to his own site, which includes examples of his illustrations, storyboards and animatics, as well as other short films, Woodward has created a site for Thought of You and similar experiments called Conté Animated, referring in part to his years of teaching gesture drawing, a history that informs every frame of Thought of You.

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6 thoughts on “Thought of You (Ryan Woodward)

  1. Louise

    I have to say this is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It is visually stunning and fantastically emotional. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Michelle Davis

    Thank you so much for bringing pieces of art like this to attention on your blog – I second Louise’s statements: “I have to say this is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It is visually stunning and fantastically emotional.”

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