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London-based animator and illustrator Andy wildly mixes hand-drawing, computer illustration and claymation. His diverse work is always infused with humour and hilarity. He also dabbles happily in the audio side of things, allowing him to make silly voices, bleeping sounds and ridiculously infectious ditties

Andy has a digital sketchbook brimming with ideas and passion for animation and the arts in general.  Andy works in many and any material he can get his hands on, delivering a highly energetic and imaginative outcome to all his projects.  This guy is always up to something.

A year ago, Andy Martin (also known as Handymartian) launched a year-long project to design new planets, one every month with every day a new alien. He gave each planet their own population. And each one was animated into a video. Twelve months, twelve planets, and the planetary system which was a year long project

Each planet has a name which is a subculture and that whole planet is created from this subculture.

Planet one called Tribal Discovery.

This planet has cute little tribal beings banging on drumbs and chanting tunes. he has used lot of colour but still gives the feel you are in outta space.

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Planet 2 – Endless repitition.

On this planet the animation is sharper and he only uses a few flat colours. It has a mundane feel the same as repetition gives.

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Planet 3 – All Calm

This planet has pretty colours and refreshing music and more happy and rounded shapes.

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Planet 4- Technological take over

This planet is very stark and every thing and every character looks techie and computer driven.

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Planet 5 -Under water evolution discovered

This planet works with aqua beings abut still gives an alien feel. Very clever.

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Planet 6 – Volitile

This planet he has older clay to make each being but still kept on the theme of Volitile with creating a war between his aliens.

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Planet 7 – Utopia disturbance

Planet 8 – Edible danger

Planet 9 – Reckless

Planet 10 – Undiscovered

Planet 11 – Avoid

Planet 12 Under Attack

Andy is very clever and divers each planet very different from the next.

He has lots of different interests. He tries to take each project separately and design something that suits what needs to be communicated. He thinks of his illustrations as character lead, with humour and a musical sensibility.


The Planets: Interview with Andy Martin



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