So-called commercial animation has been developed and perfected so that still images can be seamlessly set in motion. Kouichi Tabata however, reconsidering this notion and simplifying it, wanted merely to aid the immobile to move. In doing so he has created a different mode of expression from that of conventional, sleek animation. Tabata trained as an oil painter, then began experimenting with coloured pencil drawings. Generally one animation consists of a series of these coloured pencil drawings, the flat surfaces revealed swiftly one after another to achieve movement and thus constitute elapsed time. In this way his animation holds a close relationship to the process of making a painting from the first marks to the final image. His series of basic coloured lines and shapes delicately quiver and flutter on the surface of the screen in rhythmical patterns. His raw sketches reveal themselves unexpectedly, stirring the senses as viewers begin to observe things from a different perspective, becoming conscious of the progression across time.
Image: Kouichi Tabata bee 2006 (animation)
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