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April 15, 2011

Animation Friday: Malcolm Sutherland

Malcolm Sutherland is the Canadian son of Möbius, Richard Goleszowski, Philip Guston, Gary Panter, and R. Crumb. His animations make good use of his intricate line drawings and the idiosyncrasies of his directing are quirky and frumpy like a good underground comic. If he were animating in the early 90s, without the aid of animation software, I could easily see a heavy line boil percolating in all of his work (as evidenced in Umbra and The Tourists, below).

He grew up in Calgary, Canada and now lives and works in Montreal, Canada and had a roundabout path to animation via astronomy and printmaking. There are a myriad of samples below where you can see him tackle a variety of styles and lengths of animation.

When a hungry astronomer falls asleep while working on a problem, he discovers a solution not in outer space, but in the surreal food-chain of his subconscious mind.
An animated film by Malcolm Sutherland, with sound by Leon Lo. Made in 2009.

An explorer adventures into an unknown world, yet it seems that he has been there before.
A short animated film directed by Malcolm Sutherland in 2010. With music by Alison Melville and Ben Grossman, and foley by Leon Lo. Sound design / mix by Malcolm Sutherland.
The animation is all hand-drawn; a mix of drawing / pastels on paper and digital animation with Toonboom Studio and a wacom cintiq tablet, assembled in After Effects 7 and edited in Sony Vegas 8.

Hello there, Animation and Sound by Malcolm Sutherland in 2009
Made for Star Wars Uncut

Another transient day at the beach……
In this animated short Malcolm Sutherland lovingly pokes fun at the transient yet timeless life of the beach tourist. Animated ink on paper, made in 2007.

Malcolm Sutherland’s website →

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