The Man Who Laughs (1928): Echoes From German Expressionism

Based on Victor Hugo‘s 1889 novel L’Homme qui rit (1889), The Man Who Laughs is an American silent film directed by German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni during the transition between silent films and “talkies” (films with sound). I became interested in this film after I read a review by Roger Ebert, who portrayed it as “a melodrama, at times even aContinue reading “The Man Who Laughs (1928): Echoes From German Expressionism”

The Big Ten, Part 2: Look, creating a film’s mood and aesthetic

In this article, I will explain how style, backgrounds, and character designs create the look of any given animated film. Vision, the design or style to match the story Once animators have a story in mind, it is pivotal to strive for a particular artistic style or VISION to tell it well. Ralph Bakshi, whoContinue reading “The Big Ten, Part 2: Look, creating a film’s mood and aesthetic”

Mediation among the fallen leaves- The ethereal artwork of Chie Yoshii

Here is another shout out to an amazing artist I found. I believe her works well qualify for the overall feeling which permeates the fall season. Artist Chie Yoshii was born in Japan in 1974 and earned her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art in 2000. Galleries around the world like the URBAN NATION Museum have featuredContinue reading “Mediation among the fallen leaves- The ethereal artwork of Chie Yoshii”

Fantasy Oil Painting, Art by Michael C. Hayes

Away from the digital art for a change, I came across Michael C. Hayes’s oil paintings and thought he had some interesting artworks. Granted, many of them I thought had a lot of fan service, but I did find some hidden gems despite his obvious fanboy-dom. Many of them, like the pictures above and below,Continue reading “Fantasy Oil Painting, Art by Michael C. Hayes”