Playfully referred to as “a big collaborative group hug,” The Doodle Project brings together the diverse artistic styles of 62 designers and 14 musicians from over 20 countries into one compact, illustrative showcase.
After animating a bare bones stick figure in motion, animator Dante Zaballa invited some artist friends to flesh out the work by having each person contribute five frames of character designs over the existing animation. He was encouraged to expand the project to designers outside of his immediate social circle. “I made a list of these far away idols and started sending e-mails to all of them,” Zaballa tells Cartoon Brew.
Despite some “really confusing” conversations with prospective contributors in the beginning, the guidelines were simple: each illustrator would provide one unique character design per frame of animation. The intention was to create a “flickering visual effect” that motivates the viewer to pause the video on any given frame to inspect not only the detailed design work, but the credits of each individual artist as well.
“I never thought it would sound interesting for anyone to get an e-mail from an unknown guy, asking them to design five characters for animation. [However] lots of people, even the busy ones who couldn’t join in, got as excited as me about the project.”