Illustrators are talented people

On Sunday night, illustrator Shaun Tan won an Oscar for best animated short film. If you’re an illustrator, you have probably already heard the news, but for those who haven’t … The film is an animated version of his picture book, The Lost Thing. Watching it feels like you are entering Tan’s sketchbook. The aesthetic, the mood and the pacing all have the Shaun Tan treatment.

I am trying to comprehend how I would animate my own work, and I can’t come up with a good way to do that. Taking two-dimensional images and turning them into three-dimensional, moving ideas is quite a feat. Maybe it means that my work is not meant to be animated, or maybe it means that Tan is just way, way more talented than I am.

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