This story is featured in Episode 50.
We are living in the world of super advanced technology. Every minute a new thing appears transforming everything we know and have gotten used to, including art. But… we seem to long for classic, traditional styles and techniques. Look at the amazing and well-deserved success of the recent film “Loving Vincent”, written and directed by a Pole Dorota Kobiela – the first fully painted animated feature film. Its 65,000 frames were hand painted by 125 painters. It wasn’t just computer software that created this masterpiece but humans, artists.
Tina Nawrocki is a Canadian illustrator and 2D animator.
It is thanks to her talent and skills as a lead animator that a recently released video game called Cuphead has been so incredibly successful. As we can read at its website “Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era”. So – instead of a quick computer fix, we have artists drawing hundreds and hundreds of pictures, like in the 1930s.
“Cuphead” was the first game by StudioMDHR, a Canadian indie game development studio consisting of brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer.
Soon after this interview was recorded, we got great news that Tina Nawrocki had been nominated for an animation Oscar – Annie Award for “Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Video Game.”
The 45th Annual Annie Awards gala will take place on February 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Congratulations and we are keeping our fingers crossed for Tina.