Our 2014 Cartoon Brew 2014 Student Animation Festival continues today with Journey of Two by Joshua Mulligan of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Mulligan’s idiosyncractic drawing style serves as the primary source of intrigue. Delicate, wispy lines flower out of each other organically, forming abstract shapes and recognizable objects, including the film’s two main characters. There is a delightful element of surprise as the viewer wanders deeper and deeper into the constantly evolving linear universe created with hand-drawn animation. While the characters in the film go on journeys of both the mental and physical kind, the journey that the viewer goes on is equally rewarding.
Continue reading for comments from the filmmaker Joshua Mulligan:
Journey of Two started out as characters I drew in my sketchbook. Initially I didn’t think I was going to be able to animate them because of all the lines they took to draw. The film was made because I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could animate characters with many detailed lines.