The process behind most music videos begins with an audio track that an artist reacts to and links to a corresponding image, a company Vincent de Boer know it well. The artist, who lives in the Netherlands, has worked with the jazz quartet Bad thought Since 2017 you have been listening to the band’s largely improvised melodies and creating abstract animations and stills for the 11 album covers.
But for their recent collaborationThe strokeThe group turned the traditional workflow upside down. With the help of his creative partner Hans Schuttenbeld, de Boer drew 4,056 pictures by hand, ranging from dark, geometric shapes to lanky creatures to scenes that morph from one trippy composition to the next. The artist pays tribute to the simple, unpretentious lines of each sweeping brand and describes the finished animation as “the story of a brushstroke: a trace of a movement that the artist makes with his instrument, the brush,” he said in a statement.
Upon completion, de Boer shared the project with Ill Considered, who recorded a completely improvised track when it was first viewed. The resulting music video combines the jazzy riffs with de Boer’s shapeshifting sequences in a cohesive conversation between the two art forms.
You can purchase an LP from “The Stroke” which is packaged with 12 original de Boer artwork on the cover and inside Tape bearingsand see the entire process behind the animation, including the careful drawing process and the actual recording session, in the video below. Stay up to date with the latest de Boer projects Instagram and Vimeo.
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