This blog is primarily for design and we are design students- having said that, I'd like to share more illustration and animation that I feel connect to design and have potential to influence design sensibilities as well as overall artistic skill.
"Paperman", an Academy Award nominated six-minute short by Disney that was released late last year, uses new technology developed by Disney to mesh 3d backgrounds and character models with 2d drawings on top for more emotion and a traditional hand-drawn look. The short utilizes a strong design style, using stark black and white with the exception of the female character's lipstick in red. The 3d models are impressively integrated into 2d animation, looking graceful and surprisingly polished for a brand new process.
Short of the Week has an article that links to the full short on Youtube, as well as to additional videos that describe the process and technology that went into making it.
As someone who grew up wanting to be a 2d animator and who has always strongly preferred hand-drawn work to any form of computer art, I find the development of this technology really exciting as a way to possibly revive 2d animation in a world that now relies on computers.