STORY MOVES: ANIMATION ART
"Karen LaFleur has that rare ability to see beyond the limits of a simple sketch and turn it into a beautifully imagined animation that excites the eye and further draws you into the story. I find her work refreshing, original and boundless."
Larry Milburn, Executive Producer, Milburn Media Arts, LLC
Animation Sampler: Artwork, Story and Animation by Karen LaFleur © with Music by Nancy Tucker ©
Animation: "Story Star" by Karen LaFleur & Music by Nancy Tucker
Animation "Freeplay", by Karen LaFleur & Music by Nancy Tucker
Karen LaFleur's animation begins with a love of drawing. a pencil-line across paper. The sketch is then turned into pixels and digitally colored and animated on the computer.
Sometimes she incorporates traditional hand-cut paper techniques. Other times she cuts and pastes her artwork digitally. The result combines the visual artistry of the best illustrated books and the agility of motion graphics.
Study: Digitally Animated Puppet.
Cut Paper Theater with Paper Puppets.
Stop Motion is an integral part of Karen's creative process whether digitally rendered or traditionally captured through the camera lens. Her sensitivity to the art of movement combined with Nancy Tucker's music brings her artwork to life on the screen. Whether it's the beauty of a flying wing in slow-motion or the dizzy spin of a dancer, she paints motion as easily as the color blue.
"Karen LaFleur's work has always buzzed with movement. But her commitment to research, explore and experience that movement in her body through dance, has only heightened the motion in her work. It is a pleasure to see our movement explorations manifest in her visual artwork."
Emily Kent, Education coordinator, Pilobolus Dance Theater