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Inspired by Cartoon Brew

One of the most rewarding parts of running Cartoon Brew is hearing from artists who are inspired by the items that we post here. Here are letters from two regular readers who have recently completed short animated pieces. The first letter is from Jerry Pyle:

“my friend, dion labriola and i just finished a music video for singer/songwriter daniel ahearn. we employed a few animation techniques that i thought you might be interested in seeing. in addition to the flash animation you see at the beginning, middle and end of the video, we used cut out animation for much of the song and for the chorus, we used an “eight-frame-fade” technique where we printed out every eighth frame, stapled them all together and nailed them to a pole outside, ripping off each frame and rephotographing it. the look suprised us.

“i’m a big fan of cartoon brew. you’ve turned me on to a lot of great animation both new and old and its a daily destination for me on the web. i’m sending along this link so you can put the video on the brew if you like. and also to show you what you in some way have inspired. thanks.”

The next letter is from John Brown (aka Jaye Bhee):

I’m an aspiring animator, busting my hump to put myself through animation courses (animation mentor, more specifically), and I’m so grateful to have cartoon brew as an enormous inspirational “bottomless well” of inspiration and history (I am obsessed with classic black and white cartoons)…

I’ve even done a sort of faux-homage (fauxmage?) to classic animation myself. It’s my first real try at a do-it-yourself animation (a la Bill Plympton), but I find it extremely rewarding (but exhausting, haha).

Anywho, if you have a free 2 minutes, feel free to check it out. If not, just know that what you’re doing is of incredible importance to beginners like me, and you guys provide constant inspiration. Thanks a quadrillion!

  • Loved it, then hated it, then loved it. The projectile bleeding dog’s anus redeemed it.

  • Love the blood!

  • Emilie

    I agree with J.B. Cartoon Brew is an infinite source of inspiration. Even if I’ve been working as an animator, I still consider myself “aspiring” and recently started Animation Mentor as well. Cartoon Brew is a creative and refreshing escape when one gets losts in technical notions…

    Bravo for the animation J.B.! I’m not a huge fan of blood, but I love your graphic style!

  • Edward Gorey! What hath thou wrought!?

  • vvek

    amazing stuff, you should send this to film festivals…

    blood is all you need…hehe…excellent sound design too…

  • FP

    That ALL YOU NEED IS BLOOD video kicks ass down the stairs and urinates on it. Beautiful work.

  • Tom Pope

    Both are cool. LOVE the blood.

  • Prunes on Broadway

    Blood is the s**t in art galleries and fine artists, has been for a while. As a filmic element, where do you go after you’ve done the Dan Ackroyd as Julia Child boffo basal cell Vesuvius? Seen one massive hemorrage, seen ’em all. Maybe just do one and save it for the topper. Brevity is the soul of plasma.