Chris Reccardi, fine artist, designer, animation director, character designer, and musician, has passed away at the age of 54 yesterday. Among many other properties and series, he was highly regarded for his work on The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Tiny Toon Adventures, and The Ren & Stimpy Show. For the later, he famously composed the anthemic “Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy.”
Animator Tyson Ibele’s development of “tyFlow, a particle simulation tool for 3dsmax” has resulted in some absorbing creations. From writhing worm monsters and unraveling pixelated characters to a wave of colliding cyclists, Ibele’s tests move between humorous and disconcerting.
What makes Kouhei Nakama’s animations tantalizing is how each builds or deconstructs the face with alien processes. They’re comprised of swarming creatures or layers of liquid skin melting off a smiling face. In an era when every digital design student is showing off their realistic renders, Nakama’s artistry offers the unexpected in his engrossing portraits.
Colin Raff’s “Perturbatorium” is a collection of unsettling animations and collage work. Recalling the work of Max Ernst or Terry Gilliam, the work has a particular movement because of his “step-frame animation” method. The animations are rooted in Raff’s photo-collage work, which he has described as having “distinct 20th c. antecedents (Heartfield, Ernst, Höch, etc.).”
Whether as still portraits or in motion, the mutants and forms created by Erik Ferguson are disconcerting in their realistic textures. The artist moves between high-profile and personal project, working on the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy and live performances for Rihanna. With assignments like album artwork for The Horrors, the artist’s own sensibilities come through even more.
In the documentary short “Hollywood Dreams,” the work of Victor Castillo comes to life, with his paintings animated and the artist experimenting with motion in a new way. Crafted by Loica filmmakers, the short also blends 3D animated characters with live backdrops. The result hints at what Castillo calls his “‘strange hybrid world,’ where his unconventional past brings him to distinctive artistic conclusions.” Castillo was featured in the exhibition Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose and the Hi-Fructose Collected 4 Box Set.