American animator, Bill Plympton is known for his unique animation style and a large number of notable works such as ‘Your Face’ and ‘Guard Dog’. Born on 30th of April 1946, Plympton was raised on a farm before studying at Portland State University. From 1964 to 1968 he studied graphic design before transferring to School of Visual Arts in New York. Plympton graduated in 1969 majoring as a cartoonist.
From this point Plympton went on to create illustrations and cartoons for The New York Times and various other publications and magazines. While creating his own animations Plympton has also cooperated with other animators to create short films.
Choosing a far more traditional approach to animation Plympton use a range of more conventional tools and means to create his moving images. A large majority of his films will use pencil to convey the message. Despite being an incredibly difficult feat to pull off plympton has manage to create fluid animations filled with more bizarre scenes showing colour and depth. In collaboration with Parsons brown, Plympton created the animation ‘Mexican Standoff’ showing a number of distorted angles that have been well formed. Each frame has been lovingly created with each one being individual giving his artwork a unique twist.
Born on the 19th of March 1933, Richard Williams is a Canadian-British animator who has also taken part in acting, directing animation and writing. During his early work Williams won a BAFTA for his animated film ‘The Little Island’. It was in the mid-1969s where he progressed creating a 1971 interpretation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ which one an Academy Award. Over the years Williams produced a number of work earning him an Emmy Award and 2 Oscars.
Probably more easily recognised with being in tone with more traditional forms of animation Williams has managed to interpret his work in many different ways with style varying from time to time. One thing that remains consistent throughout his work is the smooth animation between the frames and the level of depth given with great handling of shading. This is often combined with strong backgrounds and sets.