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The Hypnotic Watercolor Rhythms of “Kyrielle”


An elegant sense of symmetry and order forms the world of Boris Labbé‘s Kyrielle. The repeating rhythms and cycles have a hypnotic quality, and encourage the viewer’s eye to wander playfully and explore different figures. Labbé accomplished all this with just 285 watercolor drawings which he later composited digitally and projected as a video installation. Kyrielle was made at the French animation school EMCA (Ecole des Métiers du Cinéma d’Animation).

  • Hypnotic indeed! At it’s most dense, it’s like a kaleidoscope!

    Beautiful example of fine art married with technology.

    Though it was 285 watercolors, can you imagine the amount of layers in the compositing program?! Ha! (*Unless he grouped and symbolized them in Flash)

    Congrats Boris. It’s always refreshing looking at new things in animation.

  • Rajesh

    A bit too long for my tastes as an internet video that most likely worked a lot better as an installation. Beautiful to look at nonetheless.