Research- Style and textures

One of the main styles we really liked while exploring our animation ideas was the grainy look, mostly scene in 2D work. It stemmed from our original research into the Jon Klassen books, with a paint like quality to his illustrations.

size500_prints_JonKlassen_drama_main.jpgIllustration by Jon Klaassen. (Klassen, 2011).

Samaria Jack

We looked into the background of this iconic cartoon from our childhood. The chalky style in this series, created by Bill Wray and Scott Wills.

Video showing the making of the show. (YouTube, 2016).

Some of the artwork from the show. (, 2007).

I love the mix of the cool and warm colours in these scenes (especially those in the ‘Hill’ images). This is something we would definitely be playing with when looking into our own colour schemes and textures.

Songs of the Sea

When researching this movie (a huge favourite among our course) I found an amazing interview with Tomm Moore with Cartoon Brew. He mentioned that in this movie Connectedness is a huge theme presented in the story. Here, it is between myth and reality. In our animation, it is very similar. The reality of a women in hospital for a serious illness and the little things in life that make it worth living.

The hand drawn look in this film was heavily inspired by the likes of the movies Grave of Fireflies and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

Songs of the Sea stills. (Thill, 2015).

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

The trailer showing the incredibly delicate style in this movie. (YouTube, 2016).

This short is incredibly beautiful- I love the softness of the character which is emphasised by the watercolour look to the painting. Yuan showed us the inspiration behind this work- the water colour animations that were the first of its kind in China. The Cowboy’s Flute was one of the visuals she showed us.

The Cowboy’s Flute. (YouTube, 2016).

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies Trailer.(YouTube, 2016).

Yuan showed us this film during semester one for Creative Elements. She explained that a lot of Japanese animations have a more serious theme to them (the one above involving the hunger and isolation of two brothers following a WW2 bombing).

I love the look to the animation- inspired by the water colour paintings of Japanese culture (see above).



Klassen, J. (2011). I want my hat back. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press.

YouTube. (2016). Samurai Jack – The Making Of. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Apr. 2016]. (2007). Mad About Cartoons: Samurai Jack. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Apr. 2016].

Thill, S. (2015). Tomm Moore on ‘Song of the Sea,’ Reinventing 2D, and Dodging the Studio System. [online] Cartoon Brew. Available at: [Accessed 20 Apr. 2016].

YouTube. (2016). The Tale of The Princess Kaguya Official US Release Trailer #1 (2014) – Studio Ghibli Film HD. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Apr. 2016].

YouTube. (2016). Grave of the Fireflies – Official Trailer. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Apr. 2016].

YouTube. (2016). 水墨動畫片《牧笛》 The Ink And Wash Animation The Cowboy’s Flute. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Apr. 2016].


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