All from a simple cube, Italian graphic artist Cento Lodigiani has revamped The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston of Walt Disney.
With retro visuals and sounds, Cento skillfully reminds us of the founding greats of illustration, and how their twelve principles still inspire even the flashiest of animators today. Unsurprisingly, there have been plenty of takes on the Thomas’ and Johnston’s principles, but Cento’s work has particularly charmed viewers – and is super easy to understand.
As well as the video, which was created in After Effects with some cell-animated sections, Cento also has a Tumblr dedicated to GIFs of the twelve principles.
From Squash and Stretch to Exaggeration, here we have picked our favourite of Cento’s GIFs.
Squash and Stretch
Follow Through and Overlap
Slow In and Slow Out
For an action, more drawings are grouped near the starting and finishing poses, with less in the middle. This softens the movement.