Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux is an exquisite film by French animation student Gwenn Germain for his final art project. Created as an homage to Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki, the short animation expertly captures the lyrical tone and sensibility of what makes a Miyazaki a Miyazaki. (Even one of the characters bears a striking resemblance to the man himself.)
Washington, D.C. — It's funny how often you forget to watch music videos, even though they enhance your appreciation of a song. I listen to the Swedish band Little Dragon a lot on Spotify while I work, but I never think to watch their videos. Recently, I recommended the band to someone and in looking up their song Twice, I stumbled upon this amazing video. As a child, I always loved shadow puppets and silhouettes, so to see this haunting song transformed into a lyrical piece of puppet theatre was wonderful. It's such a beautiful and melancholic film full of subtle details.
I really like Kara Walker's silhouette art, so I created this envelope using a similar technique. The illustration was drawn and filled in with black sumi ink, so there was a nice sheen on the black surfaces of the envelope when held up to the light. It's a different sort of shadow puppet play depicting a childhood scene of the lazy days of summer.