The best female animators you’ve never heard of

Photo: Erianisbest, Wikimedia

Animation is yet another niche in the tech industry where women are under represented. While you may have heard of Nick Park or Walt Disney, it’s unlikely you’ve heard about any women in the same field.

Here are some of the best, and possibly the trippiest, female animators and their creations.

Allison Schulnik

Allison Schulnik is an artist from LA, specialising in eery, but beautiful paintings that show the world at its most weird and wonderful.

Her animation, EAGER epitomises her style and is likely to make you wonder what on earth is going on.

Alison De Vere

A step back in time takes you to Alison De Vere, an English animator who worked mostly from Cornwall. She also worked in London, most famously on the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine video. Her crowning glory is generally considered to be The Black Dog, released in 1987, which tells a story of self discovery and development.

Julia Pott

Julia Pott is an English artist currently living in New York. Her drawings are intensely stylised, and often feature strange creatures that only resemble real animals. Her short animation, Belly, is one such example of this, and is guaranteed to make you feel something. I’m just not sure what.

 

Arisa Wakami

Probably the most cheerful of the four, Arisa Wakami is a Japanese animator, specialising in stop motion and lyrical sand painting. Her two minute animation, Blessing, was nominated for an award at Animateka in 2011. She also holds animation workshops for children.

Who’s your favourite female animator?

Featured image: Erianisbest, Wikimedia, used with a Creative Commons license. 

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