A look at the masterful animator’s distinctive style and techniques.
The music videos of Lucy Dyson are absurdist collages brought to life: from the sweet to the surreal, from the dense to the dreamy, and always hypnotic.
Lucy’s aesthetic is essentially handmade collage meets stop motion animation at a low frame rate:
With computer-generated motion design, the handmade collage aesthetic can be achieved through masking individual elements, where shape masks can evoke careful cutting out with scissors or a scalpel:
Note – maybe turn down the volume for this next one:
Sometimes a visible framework (one large, encompassing composition) is used to both contain and move us through various ideas, like a camera tracking across a scene:
Repeated elements (objects and their movements) both help to fill the frame with visual interest, and establish a visual language for the viewer:
“Copy-Paste” takes on new meaning in Lucy’s work. Objects become characters, movements become personalities, and juxtapositions become environments, when they’re repeated enough:
Repeating shapes and symmetrical compositions feature in much of Lucy’s work. In this example, patterns (and film grain overlays) evoke vintage Esther Williams films:
Nesting & Repetition
Combining all the above techniques results in complex, kinetic, feast-for-the-eyes goodness.
Visual Motifs – repeated instances of elements (objects, movements, transitions, behaviours) establish style and story:
Repetition of objects and movements establishes visual themes:
There’s so much more work to discover over at LucyDyson.com