This gallery contains 9 photos.
© Mark Li
This gallery contains 9 photos.
© Mark Li
Video: “The Dot and The Line” by Chuck Jones, 1965.
Through out my boyhood of watching cartoons on TV, I always find myself staring at shows like the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny, and Daffy Duck, without taking much notice to the creators of these incredible animations. The front man behind stage, as it were, is of course Chuck Jones. Besides his impeccable timing for the movements of the characters, what makes Jones an animation Godfather is his sense of storytelling through these moving pictures. He’s able to make you laugh and cry in the same clip, for he understands the logic of tragedy inevitably always turn into comedy (and vise versa). Continue reading
Most of today’s mainstream animations are, for me, disappointing. It’s very common to see animated shows fully blown with lightening speech and outrages jokes, yet something feels wrong with the movements of the characters. Their gestures seem stiff and clumsy. Their bodies are floating through space, limbs hanging like a rag doll. The stories are kept to a minimal for fear that kids might get bored. Just jokes. Back-to-back jokes for the attention deficient generation. Fast and funny is what the audience want, so they give it to them. I don’t over exaggerate.
Animation is a world. A world not belonging to the one we currently dwell in. It’s another world. As a kid growing up watching animation in the 1990s, it provided magic to an otherwise mundane, dreary universe. As science dominated the ideological field of the social space (ideology in the Marxist sense of the word), the protection of miraculous magic seemed to have vanished. There was not even room for superstition. However, animation (good animation) lit up the world for me. It enveloped me in hope.
Good animation for me is never just jokes or how fast can one say the jokes. It’s the story that opens me up to believe in the world that the animation has created. And when I think of a good story in American animation, Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant always comes to mind. Is not the movie ultimately about an innocent boy trying to protect himself from the fraudulent passage of growing up? Was not the giant robot a sort of guardian angel we all long for, indestructible and childlike? It is a film that offers a well-wished promise in regard to the world. The film gave me a sense of wonder without the horrific abyss that’s so well recorded in science. It completed a world for me.
What we need today is not merely frantic distractions. What we need is a new narrative that offers us protection once again. We need a new Iron Giant.
People of tomorrow and yesterday. Change, rapid change is in the air; there’s no denying it. I feel your anxiety because I’m there along with you. I feel your impatience because I also want things to speed though. But, now more than ever, we need to be patient, and think. Don’t yet act, think. If we act too soon our decisions are bound to be rash, so we must think. The supreme court’s decision to pass gay marriage is a great sign of acceptance from a cynically repressive society, however, it is also a sign of civil discontent for the lack of social structure. They want to be included and recognized as being part of the social symbolic network. Nobody wants to be outcasts. With the fall of religion, morality is in danger. We simply don’t know what to do anymore. It is the cause of all of the mass shootings by young teenagers. They are confused. My generation is a wondering generation. We are looking for something that’s not yet here. We’re all blind men searching for a glint in the sky. We’re the woman in stilettos trying to run. We’re trying to make the impossible happen. And rest assured miracles do happen, will happen; In time.
This is the second character from the story. I don’t really know what his personality is going to be like; I’m trying to figure that out in the storyboards right now. I love how organic the storyboards are coming out. I have no idea how it’s going to end.
I’ll be posting a few concept paintings soon, so I’ll keep you guys posted.
Hi EVERYBODYYYY!! I’m back! Well, sort of…. I’ve been so insanely occupied with making a good portfolio that I haven’t had any time to think about what to post on the blog. You see, reader, I’ve been developing a story; a story about childhood in the suburbs. that’s all I want to give out for now. I’m in quite a production process right now. But here’s one of the characters!