Tea and Consent

With the current issues in the media around consent, this video published in November of 2015 on the Thames Valley Police YouTube Page.

It is an excellent way to explain about consensual sex with animation to help make the point. If you’re still struggling with consent, just imagine instead of initiating sex you’re making them a cup of tea.

Animation by Emmeline May and you can read more on the subject at

Pikachu Vs Team Rocket

I LOVE THIS video.

It is by a family who participated in one of our animation workshops. The youngest was 6 and the oldest of 11. The dad was there to help them create this amazing mixed media animation of Pokemon.

During my workshops, I am normally against students using characters from other artists’ work. I made an exception because the kids were so excited about it.

You try saying “no” to a 6-year-old eager to animate her favorite characters.

Mixed Media

I am always a sucker for mixed media animation.

Paper Pokemon with clay team rocket characters gives the video an interesting variety. The minimalist clay characters fit in with their two-colored, cut-out Pokemon.

The main character (Pikachu) is the most detailed, which helps him stand out and be more recognizable.

Final Thoughts

I am still blown away that four kids under 12 (with the help of their dad) created this video… Amazing! They were able to capture an easy to understand battle sequence in the 25 seconds of the video.

After the workshop, I hope the family went home and created more battle scenes. Maybe animate details of this encounter and further the story.

I would love to see it.

It’s Not Funny, it’s Art.

Proof that you don’t need to understand art to create it.

This video about Blanca could just as well be about me! Well, I don’t go around cutting canvasses from their frames but if we’re honest… I don’t always get it. The sheer seriousness of it all. The unclear distinction between so-called ‘high’ and ‘low’ art. It can be boggling.

This cartoon (if you can dare to call it something so non-serious) represents an inner philosophical debate.

What is the meaning of art?
And how should we respond to art and creativity?

Maybe it’s because I’m not a sophisticated person, but I like a simple animation for a complicated point.