“L’ Histoire d’un mosquetaire femmelle” – The Story of a Female Muskeeter – is a Flash piece previously unpublished, an attempt to use traditional illustration for interface design. It has recently had some minor bugs ironed out and a blog-friendly “play” button added, hence the new posting. I’m sorry if my French is illegible!
There is a short (and rough) animated piece in the “Debute” section which tells the story of a female musketeer, Eloise DeAubyne, avenging the death of her husband. Click on any of the boxes to see the contents. This was all animated by hand, one frame at a time, with the help of a light box and a lot of tracing paper. I makes you appreciate how difficult hand-drawn animation is – and why there is now such a glut of stick figure animation out there. Any extended piece is really too much work for one person, unless you have a spare year up your sleeve.
On a related note, there is a mind-blowing exhibition currently on display at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne showcasing the work of Disney animators. Dreams Come True includes conceptual pieces from Snow White, the Little Mermaid and Cinderella, just to name a few. It is on until 26 April 2011.