Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman ‘s Loving Vincent was hand-painted (frame by frame) by over 100 artists, and aims to shed light on Vincent Van Gogh’s final days. The writer-directors lead the viewer into a world made of swirly brushstrokes and black and white flashback sequences with a softer appearance. Sometimes objects and characters appear to move through proper 3D space, but now and then there is a flat-looking chair, or a table with distorted perspective. These purposely 2D-ified elements are a direct homage to Van Gogh’s signature style. The oil-painted animated frames are not mimicry, but rather a re-imagination of the artist’s approach. As such, they are impressive and move in a way that embellishes without altering what the general public knows to be Van Gogh’s aesthetic. However, the downside is the artistic choice to freeze some parts of the picture plane while others boil, as in traditional 2D animation. Before the advent of computerized animation techniques, boiling referred to the effervescing strokes or outlines even apparent in still objects. This technique was seen to ‘give life’ to old-school animation, even when incorporating so-called inanimate elements.
This unusual creative decision aside, the paintings themselves are lovely. Once the spectator moves past the novelty of the artwork to become absorbed in the story, this is Continue reading