Eric Lefaure on the “semi-conscious” process behind his abstract animations

Eric Lefaure has found success online with his abstract, intricate 2D animations.

Date
8 July 2021
Reading Time
2 minute read

France-based 2D animator Eric Lefaure has amassed an impressive social media following for his ornate and graphic 2D animations. “I started to study animation in 2007 after watching Orgesticulanismus by Mathieu Labaye,” Eric tells It’s Nice That. The influence of Mathieu Labaye is clear in Eric’s work, as he attributes the short movie to being the moment which “convinced me that 2D animation was the limitless tool I needed for my drawings,” he says. He brushes off having a distinct style, admitting it “hasn’t evolved much over the years”. However Eric does stick to the same patterns of details, curves, and compositions he’s mastered since 2007, and has found to be his niche. “I can’t describe it, I just know that this is what I need to do”.

His process for these animations stem from a sensation found in his youth. “It all comes from a very powerful dream I was having again and again as a child,” he explains. “All I’m doing now is looking for that sensation again, and the logical part of my brain can't do anything about it”. So, Eric uses a combination of semi-conscious maps and automatic drawing (the art of drawing without thinking and letting the hand wander over the page) to hopefully conjure up visuals in his head. “When I have a vague idea about a new loop, I draw keyframes and use them as a structure for improvised rough animation,” Eric explains. “Then it's time for the long road: days of cleaning and and inbetweening”.

Above

Eric Lefaure: 057 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2021)

Most of Eric’s animations evoke something of a classic anime vibe, akin to the famous Evangelion franchise. “I can’t deny the influence,” Eric says. It’s part of the reason why so many have flocked to his animations on social media. “But I guess it also has a lot to do with the fact that everybody is going to see something different in my animations, as abstraction leaves a lot of room for suggestability,” he says. Now, with a dedicated and large audience, Eric has found success in NFTs, the controversial new way for artists to sell their work online. “This is game-changing,” he says. “As long as it can give me some free time to work more on my own stuff and push it further, I'll be glad”.

Above

Eric Lefaure: 054 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2019)

Above

Eric Lefaure: 053 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2018)

Above

Eric Lefaure: 052 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2018)

Above

Eric Lefaure: 056 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2020)

Above
Left

Eric Lefaure: 035 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2016)

Right

Eric Lefaure: 050 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2018)

Above

Eric Lefaure: 050 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2018)

Above

Eric Lefaure: 030 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2014)

Above

Eric Lefaure: 046 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2016)

Above

Eric Lefaure: 028 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2014)

Hero Header

Eric Lefaure: 055 (Copyright © Eric Lefaure, 2020)

Share Article

About the Author

Joey Levenson

Joey joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in May 2020 after graduating from King’s College, London. Previously, Joey worked as a writer for numerous fashion and art publications, such as HERO Magazine, Dazed, and Candy Transversal.

jl@itsnicethat.com

It's Nice That Newsletters

Fancy a bit of It's Nice That in your inbox? Sign up to our newsletters and we'll keep you in the loop with everything good going on in the creative world.