Archive for the ‘Inbetweens’ Category

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Inbetweens: Singer Ute Lemper Shows How To Act With The Whole Body

Ute Lemper

I discovered an amazing singer today, Ute Lemper. Her ability to act transcends words and languages. She sings in German, English, French and Yiddish, but her body movements, facial expressions and gestures carry the bulk of the meaning in the songs. For example here is a song made famous by Edith Piaf…

…check out the hand gestures, body poses and facial expressions in this one…

Too often in animation, we use “canned” gestures and facial expressions that are symbolic of emotion without actually expressing it. We plan out the poses carefully to hit all the bases and lose all sense of spontaneity. There’s a lot to be learned from studying performers like Ute Lemper who have a direct connection between their emotions and their movement.

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Inbetweens: Wilhelm Busch’s “Returning Home After New Year’s Eve” 1865

Another gem by Wilhelm Busch from Andy’s Early Comic Archive

Wilhelm Busch New Year's Eve
Wilhelm Busch New Year's Eve
Wilhelm Busch New Year's Eve
Wilhelm Busch New Year's Eve

If you liked this, see also Wilhelm Busch’s "The Virtuoso" 1865.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Inbetweens: Wally Wood, the Michaelangelo of Science Fiction Comics

Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy

In 1950, Wally Wood convinced EC publisher William Gaines to create science fiction comic books. In Weird Science and Weird Fantasy (later combined into Weird Science Fantasy) Wood knocked the ball out of the park by pencilling and inking spectacular images that defined the way science fiction looked during the fifties.

During the 1970s, Wood’s health began to decline. He suffered from chronic headaches, alcoholism, kidney failure and strokes. The health problems led him to commit suicide in 1981. He left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Here is a sampling of Wood’s work from around the net…

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Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy
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Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy
Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy
Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy
Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy
Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy
Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy
Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy
Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy
Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy
Wally Wood Weird Science Fantasy

Wally had a tension in him, an intensity that he locked away in an internal steam boiler. I think it ate away his insides, and the work really used him up. I think he delivered some of the finest work that was ever drawn, and I think it’s to his credit that he put so much intensity into his work at great sacrifice to himself. –Harvey Kurtzman

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Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources