The London International Animation Festival is back for a 10-day celebration across the capital’s best art institutions from 4th December. To mark this exciting event, we profile five incredibly talented young animators who you should be keeping an eye on.
“You will never find the right person”
“You are irredeemably alone”
“You will not be understood”
So opens Hannah Jacobs short animation The Darkest Truth About Love, developed for The School of Life in collaboration with illustrator Lara Lee. The London-born artist manages to visualise tough subjects with softness and understanding, translating brutal honesty through an affectionate lens. Her minimalist illustrations and pale palette create worlds that are intimate yet full of space, allowing the viewer to get lost in her creations. Working mostly with Photoshop and After Effects, the Royal College of Art graduate has produced a stunning repertoire, with her recent work for The School of Life amassing widespread support.
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Wong Ping’s work defies categorization. Wild, disturbing and often NSFW, the Hong Kong-based animator creates twisted psychedelic worlds where weird narratives are illustrated with bright colours and quirky characters. Taboos often attract Ping, with his work touching on themes around shame, sex, perversion and obsession. But it’s this very unique viewpoint and style that has led to collaborations with Prada and a place in the Saatchi and Saatchi New Directors Showcase in 2013.
Paul and Matt Layzell are brothers and creative collaborators, churning out some of the most trippy and hilarious animations on the net. Whether its girls with big butts, crazy future landscapes or visualising 90’s slang, the duo have been wowing audiences with music videos, illustration and live visuals for a number of years. Known for their hilarious idents and title sequences on E4, Layzell Bros continue to churn out the goods.
Sherer’s specialty is what she calls an “experimental kind of storytelling”, where offbeat narratives are visualised with nuance. The RCA Animation graduate is skilled at creating alluring moving images that don’t spoon feed the viewer, but rather invites audiences to de-code and re-code what they see. After just 2 years away from grad school, Sherer has already worked with the Barbican, The School of Life and Warp Records. She’s definitely a name to watch.
Pittsburgh animator and illustrator Julien Lander count Starbucks, Subway and James Franco as collaborators, with his quirky brightly coloured work finding success in both commercial and non-commercial realms. Nothing is off-limits for the artist, who categorises his work into the following fields: GIFs, Comics, Food, Beer, Xmas, Puking, Tunes, Hamburgers, blobs etc. Be sure to get lost in his glitchy world here.
Article written by Monique Todd. Monique is a London-based arts and culture writer. Her writing has appeared in Dazed and Confused, Twin Magazine, CNN Style, Hunger TV and Sang Bleu, amongst others. Her current work concerns the representations of gender, identity and bodies within visual culture and technology.