Self-initiated projects are the best, aren’t they? I think of them as an excuse to peel the dollar signs off your eyeballs and replace them with love-hearts for a while, and more often than not it’s a transaction that pays off a hundredfold in the long run.
Take this animation by Alex Robinson and Daniel Boyle, creative directors of independent moving-image studio Treat Studios, for example. Excited by the prospect of the World Cup finale this weekend they decided to put together a study of the anatomy of a footballer, entitled Legwork. It adds up to 47 seconds of revelry in both hand-painted animation and in adoration “of the beautiful game”, and it’s completely mesmerising, from the steady flicker of numbers pencilled faintly in the top right hand corner, to the carefully calculated jiggle of the footballers buttcheeks. I could probably watch it all day.