How Dozens of Artists Worked Together to Create “The Doodle Project”

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.”

CREDITS:
IDEA AND ANIMATION
Dante Zaballa

HAND LETTERING
Guillermina Gomez (aka Kind Instants)

CHARACTER DESIGN
Argentina:
Chu
Colorblok
Ezequiel Matteo
Fernando Bruno
Gabriel Fermanelli
Juan Casal
Juan Molinet
Juan Vegetal
Juli Satran
Kind Instants
Leo Campasso
Manu Correa Soto
Manó Madé
Matias Vigliano
Maximiliano Alejandro Zas
Seba Acampante
Sonni
Superflashilandia

Brazil:
César Pelizer
Ygor Marotta

Canada:
Andrea Wan
Nicolas Ménard
Noam Sussman

China:

Mak Ying Ping
Wong Ping

England:

Billy
Max Taylor
Osian Efnisien
Peter Millard
Sam Taylor
Sebas and Clim
Tsktsk
Wesley Louis

France:
Anne-Lou Erambert
Cheyenne Cruchon
Loup Blaster
Mathilde Kitteh
Max Maleo
Olivia Blanc
Pierre Zenzius
Souv
Thomas Rouzière
Vaiana Gauthier
Yoann Hervo

Germany:

Dana Damki
Fons Schiedon
Max Gärtner
Robert Loebel

Holland:
Mark Verhaagen
Niels Kalk

Japan:

Akinori Oishi
Keita Takahashi
Motomichi Nakamura

Switzerland:

Michael Frei
Rylsee

Fran Cunha – (Uruguay)
Leo Espinosa (Colombia)
Martin Allais (Venezuela)
Ori Toor (Israel)
Paolo Pochettino (Italy)
Pincheloco (Mexico)
Raymo Ventura (US)
Thomas Eide – (Norway)
Yeka Haski (Russia)

SOUND MASTERING
Fede Chiclana

MUSIC
Blake Stone
Claus Hesse
David Kamp
Fede Chiclana
Flor Zaballa
Horacio Giraldez
Jorge Jaramillo
Juan Tortarolo
La Ola Que Queria Ser Chau
Muveo
Nacho Czornogas
Raymo Ventura
Seba Acampante
Tall Juan


  • Josh Book

    Really cool – fun to view frame by frame!

  • Benjamin Arthur

    I love stuff like this – animation is so perfectly suited for a large group collaboration, but such a small percentage of it comes together outside of a studio environment.

  • Loup Blaster

    And this is only a tiny extract of what’s going on inside Dante’s mind !
    Athletic drawing clubs, mad colorful sketchbooks, hand painted flicker books, etc … A real animation hero :))

  • Ant G

    This doesn’t work for me, as an animation it moves too fast to really see much of anything, and as a series of illustrations, the video medium is not ideal because it’s easier to turn a page of a book or click/scroll on a website than having to pause frame by frame, that’s the point of animating that series if it has to be paused and examined frame by frame to get anything out of it?