Jeff Scher: More on Poetry and on People

July 13, 2009

Yesterday I mentioned a poetry reading and a poetry slam, and I guess I can't quite get off the poetry bandwagon. My friend Julianna Mahley sent me a link to Jeff Sher's "The Parade," which is a short animated film about the parade of humanity. I wanted to call it to your attention because it's summer in the northern hemisphere and it's time to go out and sketch people. I think you will find the play of styles and approaches Sher uses in his animation inspiring. Go out and sketch. (Read his post about "The Parade" first of course.)

Readers of this blog will remember a little dog named "Sid" that I fell in love with from one of Sher's other films. That film makes me happy. I watch it every so often and can hardly believe how happy it continues to make me feel. If you are having a rough day, go watch "Sid" and if you are having a really great day, go watch "Sid" for tips on joy and how it can get even better!

The above embedded film (click to view it in YouTube if the embedding doesn't work) is shown here both because it is a poem read by Billy Collins (so it carries yesterday's poetry theme forward) and again, the drawing and animation will energize you.

OK, now get out and look at people, sketch them.

    • Velma
    • July 13, 2009

    after a long (475 mile) drive today, this was a treat. thank you. poetry may be the thing that saves the world.

    • Roz
    • July 13, 2009

    Velma, I hope the 475 mile trip brought you to or from some place good, but I’m glad the little video helped. Go and look at Sid for a complete mood enhancement!

    • Velma
    • July 14, 2009

    roz-gee but it’s great to be back home. from bar harbor.

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