Artists’ Profiles

Aleksandra Korejwo

“I try to make sketches every place I go. It is my principle.”

Alexander Petrov at work in his studio

Alexander Petrov

Oil paint on glass

scene from Anna Humphries sand animation

Anna Humphries

“Don’t worry about the past mistakes, just keep on going until you’ve made something useful.”

Caroline Leaf

“I like limitations. They give you energy to help you make choices.”

Cesar Diaz Melendez at his sand table

César Díaz Meléndez

“Keep your mind out of the way and you can improvise when you are moving the sand.”

Clive Walley in his studio

Clive Walley

“I occasionally showed students how you could just tear up stuff and throw it in, on different layers, adjust the lights, and in seconds you were transported to a possible new film.”

abstract painted artwork from David Ehrlich (green, purple, yellow, red)

David Ehrlich

Clay on wood panel

Ferenc Cako animating with sand

Ferenc Cakó

“…improvisation gives freshness to the whole.”

Florence Miailhe

Combining media into sensual movement.

Gil Alkabetz

“Since the stories in each film are different from each other… I usually don’t use a style I already used in a previous film for a completely different story.”

Ishu Patel

“I would break all the cinematic rules… as long as you know how to draw properly, you can decide what kind of drawings you create.”

Izabela Plucinska

Hand crafted high relief clay.

Joan Gratz

” I’m not that critical of myself… I think that saves a lot of time.”

Lee Whitmore

Hand-drawn histories in gouache and pastel

Lynn Smith working in her studio.

Lynn Smith

“Testing is also a time to make mistakes. This is because in the mistakes, you may discover something you did not know you were looking for.”

Lynn Tomlinson

“Remember each frame is only being glimpsed for a tiny fraction of a second, so embrace the smear and the smudge!”

Marieka Walsh

“I always start with a lot of sand… and I’m teasing those images out of the darkness.”

Martine Chartrand

“Petrov inspired me to be like Sherlock Holmes on my own work – to find the problems and question them so I do not put not too much energy on a scene that I don’t need.”

Maryam Kashkoolina

“I tried to show this hard subject through an indirect story without any sentimentalism…”

Michaela Müller

“I tried to learn the fi;m by heart, to watch it and feel it, that’s how I was able to improvise under the camera when I started to paint.”

Sabbath (1991)

Nag and Gisèle Ansorge

Animating with black sand, a perfect picture of collaboration.

Nicolai Troshinsky

“For me, when I am doing creative work, it’s important I don’t know everything.”

Oskar Fischinger's Motion Painting No. 1

Oskar Fischinger

b.1900, d.1967

Patrick Jenkins

“Don’t disguise that the imagery is made up of paint and brush strokes. That’s part of the charm of paint on glass animation!”

Philippe Vaucher at his sand/salt table

Philippe Vaucher

“I love the immediacy of a medium that enables me have a finished product at the end of a day of shooting.”

Robbe Vervaeke

“Never forget that we’re making films, not shots, so you need to be able to kill the shots in order to make a good film.”

Sheila Sofian

“Don’t be afraid of embracing accidents because sometimes those are the coolest things that can happen.”

Shira Avni

“Sometimes the “happy accidents” lead to the most beautiful work.”

Wendy Tilby

“Paint on glass is very forgiving.”

Witold Giersz

Where he calls home: Konstancin, Poland Fluid frame technique: Oil paint on glass,…