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Ballpoint Pen Art: An Experimental Animation

Mar 26, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Jeff Scher

Jeff Scher, a painter and visual artist, begins this short film with a dot. The dot becomes a line, the lines become shapes, and quickly, the shapes fuse to become an ink-stained darkness. It's a remarkably minimal production; Scher used only a few sheets of paper and a dozen ballpoint pens to draw each frame, backed by an original score from Shay Lynch. "The film is a cycle of twenty drawings," he writes. "The same paper is filmed, pages one through twenty, over and over again."

Scher has published a number of great shorts on his Vimeo page. I especially like "white Out," a watercolor animation about winter.


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Author: Chris Heller

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A showcase of cinematic short documentary films, curated by The Atlantic.