Julia Pott is an illustrator who’s work you may well recognize, very indie & quirky drawings of animals in clothes, surreal creatures and lots of beach huts and wigwams (Im generalizing here, she does lots of different stuff) . I’ve seen her work on tumblr a bit and even purchased a funny print for my mum once from Cherry Cherry in Norwich which sold some of her work.
But somehow I managed to watch her animation at the RCA without realizing I knew her work, I recognized the name and the illustration on her business card, plus the whole style of the animation but it never really clicked, silly me. Anyway she is great have a look at her website, love her style and her sense of humour.
Her animation (again Its not online sadly) called Belly is a touching story of a boy and his brother at the beach, the younger boy is the main character and its about his coming of age. His older brother says he is too young to swim in the sea, and makes fun of him for bringing his toy along. But when the older brother has trouble in the water, its up to him to save him, losing his favorite toy in the process. Thats the storyline as I see it anyway, the visuals are surreal and consistent with her static illustration style, with the toy becoming a living beast that the main character rides on. To save his brother he enters a crazy underwater world full of talking animals, one of which really made me laugh!
Overall I loved Belly, great to see an animation use a fashionable but unique style to tell a truly touching story, I think most people will remember the feeling of being a child and how bad it felt to be told you were too young for something.
Her description on her RCA profile sums it up really well;
'My work is very self-reflective. I like to pick apart my personal struggles, and then employ awkward animated creatures to act them out.
I look to explore how a seemingly small moment in a relationship can have a profound effect on you inside. The uncomfortable situations, snide remarks or accidental compliments all work to inform your relationships, whether they are romantic, friendly or otherwise. I use animation to delve into the physical manifestation of these internal battles.
Check out her website, she has done some work for some pretty big names, Im sure she will be very successful in the future.
Here is a different but great video from her Vimeo, called Howard;
Howard from Julia Pott on Vimeo.