I discovered a young Belgian animator this week quite by accident via a music video that a friend sent me. Gitte Le Bruyn graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2008. For one of her exhibitions she worked with the music of Brussels singer/songwriter Tino Biddeloo (aka Silver Junkie). For the new music video Maria from Biddeloo’s debut full length CD, Streets and Boulevards, Gitte’s inspiration for the animation is based on the song.
I am always fascinated by animation created by painting on glass. For one thing the animator has to have great confidence in their vision. Since the glass is wiped clean after each shot there is no chance to go back. Utilizing simple black ink and glass Le Bruyn has created haunting images that compliment the song rather than detract from it.