Monday, January 30, 2006

MOWGLI. Production art

About two months ago we did the couple of posts which were devoted to Russian version of Kipling's JUNGLE BOOK. Today we have a great opportunity to show some art work done for this Soyuzmultfim’s animation almost 40 years ago. We’ll try to publish all stuff in the ordered view. It is necessary to say that some of the greatest Soviet animators worked on that project but even their talents were insufficiently good for director Roman Davydov. He was so exacting that finally he personally animated pretty much footage. Here you can see some of his rough drawings.

The clean up artists did a marvelous work. These examples show how rough director’s drawings (here he acted as animator) were transferred to the film. This is the Sergey Marakasov’s clean up work most likely.

And here you can see the same drawings compared to the frames from finished film.

All art material was presented by Vladimir Nikitin. Within next few days we’ll show some rough animation’s drawings of adult Mowgli and high resolution scans of the production cels.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The manifesto

Hi to all!

In this age of computerized and remote-controlled video art, my conscious embrace of the “old ways of doing things” in no way negates the positive achievements gained by modern visual art.

In my professional capacity as an animator, I create animation art for the Internet media. This process of editing/creating computerized animation has revealed to me both the positive as well as the negative sides of the computerized technologies used by artists when creating their art.

The multiplicity of versions during the creative process, and the absence of a truly final product made of concrete materials, awakened in me a desire to ‘return’ to the traditional and more tangible elements – paper, pen and ink.

Concentrated and connected work gives a reciprocal affinity between brain-eye-hand-pen that enables one to experience at the molecular level the resistance of the paper, the quantity and density of the color, and the calculated movement that allows you to arrive at the desired result; in addition, the old methods and motifs, and even the compositions of the old artists themselves, which relate closely to the modern paradoxical views on art, politics and life itself, richly seasoned with black humor – all this is what provides the basis upon which to view my work, as something unique and “unrecyclable”.

The singularity of each line, each dot on paper, and the conscious refusal to mechanically reproduce, these are the elements that signify and represent each work, giving each one its own original character.

Tenno Pent Sooster

Monday, January 23, 2006

A new artist in the blog

We glad to say that a new member of Russian Insider's group has joined to us on the eve. The name of this artist is Tenno Sooster. He will share some of his art work here very soon.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Prince Vladimir. Concept Art 9

It seems that now Russian Insider will be updated from time to time. There will be no regular updates but blog is not closed at least! Thanks to all our guests who continue to put the comments!
Today we put online Grigory Lozinsky's concept art (by the way he updated his own blog at last!) which was done for PRINCE VLADIMIR.