Animation: Stefan Glerum's first foray into moving image is a stunning achievement

Posted by James Cartwright,

We’ve been huge fans of Stefan Glerum’s work since we came across him way back in 2010. His distinctive ligne-claire style is fused with a colour palette that borrows from Toulouse Lautrec and vintage sci-fi posters with extraordinary results. He’s also got a penchant for the weird that we can’t get enough of. That said, we weren’t expecting him ever to venture into animation, or to be as delighted with the results when he did. But his debut piece of film for Dutch electro band RipTide is as stunning a piece of animation as we’ve laid eyes on in ages, drawing on the very best of his illustrative style and elevating it with cinematic storytelling and slick production from crooked line.

Taking its visual cues from anime classics like Akira, we meet a mismatched, night-time motor-gang (the High Rollers, a group Stefan’s been building in his personal work for years) drag-racing across a futuristic city. Then there’s an ugly twist involving an army of cybernetic fem-bots with machine-gun breasts. But the rest you should just check out for yourselves…

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.