Watercolor in Motion

Woody Allen’s films are known for their sense of humor, quirky dialog, thought-provoking scenes, and jazz-filled classic soundtracks. There are many people who consider Woody Allen’s movies to be masterpieces and highly inspiring works of art. One of those people is Tu Qian, a graphic designer who graduated from the Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Born in Shanghai and now based in London, this artist’s long-standing infatuation with Woody Allen’s movies directly translates into her creative work – a continually growing collection of animated GIFs that reproduces some of her favorite moments from Woody Allen’s films.


美国导演Woody Allen的电影一向以其标志性的风格为人所知,幽默、喋喋不休、知识分子气质、背景的爵士乐……均是他作品的粉丝们所欲罢不能的。来自上海、现居伦敦的涂迁也是这众多粉丝中的一员。毕业于圣马丁艺术与设计学院,现为平面设计师的她,制作了一系列基于Woody Allen电影的GIF动图,以她自己的角度表现了电影作品里无处不在的细腻。

“His films are all superb, and he makes it seem so effortless,” she says admiringly. “Take the Money and Run, which came out in 1969, was a film that Allen wrote, directed, and starred in. That film really opened my eyes.” Tu Qian has since been selecting her favorite scenes from Woody Allen’s movies and transforming them into animated watercolor GIF images, starting with Take the Money and Run (1969), to Love and Death (1975), to the more recent Magic in the Moonlight (2014). These films, and all the others in between, have been an important part of Tu Qian’s growth as an artist.


他电影的画面有种随随便便的好看。这位设计师说道,“1969年他自己演的《Take the Money and Run》让我开了眼。于是,从《Take the Money and Run》、1975年的《Love and Death》,到2014年的《Magic in the Moonlight》等多部电影中,涂迁选择了给她留下深刻印象的片段,进行了二次创作。

“I spend time thinking about things like: ‘If I could only draw one scene from a movie, which would it be?’. For example, the scene in Vicky Cristina Barcelona where Vicky was sitting alone by the sea probably doesn’t seem like anything special, but I was able to feel her emotions through the movie screen. In that moment, she wasn’t Scarlett Johansson, and she wasn’t Vicky, but she was just a regular person I could relate with – just a sad girl who was trying to cope with her sorrows on the beach,” Tu Qian says. Different people naturally have different interpretations of the films. The specific scenes that Tu Qian has recreated over the years are special to her, and reflect her own unique personal viewing experience.


她说: 我会想一想,如果一部电影只能画一张,那我会画哪张。比如Vicky独自在海边坐着的场景,没什么特别的 ,但我觉得我隔着屏幕感到了她的情绪,在那分钟她不是Scarlett Johansson也不是Vicky,她就是和平常人一样难过了会去海边发呆的小姑娘。正如每个人对电影有着不同的理解,她对这些片段也有着自己的选择标准。

Tu Qian also admits to a fascination with the work of American abstract painter Mark Rothko, and Russian painter Kazimir Malevich, the originator of the avant-garde Suprematist movement. “(In their work) the color choices and composition emits a very raw sense of emotion and an emphasis on purity of form,” she says. The influences of these two artists are subtly at play in her work. It can be seen in the large canvas of color she frames her subjects in, and also in the orderly way she uses movement to bring her characters to life.


涂迁深深着迷于美国抽象派画家Mark Rothko,以及俄国画家和至上主义艺术奠基人Kazimir Malevich的作品。她告诉我们: “(他们作品里的)颜色和构成让我觉得他们的东西里有很多情绪、纯粹感知的重要。”涂迁大块色彩平铺的画面里,以及那些从具体故事情节中抽离出来的动作中,这个系列视觉和叙事风格中都或隐或现两位艺术家的印记。

Even though Tu Qian’s signature style and her obsession with creating animated GIF images all originated from her love of Woody Allen’s movies, she has been moving towards different subject matters lately. Her Fog series is a collection of images that beautifully captures the essence of various animals simply through their silhouette and movement, and her Daily (E)motion series is also continually growing with new works being added periodically.


带着这种艺术风格,和她对loop这种表现形式的着迷,在由Woody Allen电影启发出来的系列之后,她继续挖掘创作题材。于是这就有了接下来表现动物动态的《迷雾》系列,以及后来的《Daily (E)Motion》系列,并且一直不停在扩展中。

Tu Qian’s ability to poetically capture a sense of ambiguity in both mood and movement in her infinitely looping GIFs leaves a lot of room for the viewer’s imagination to take over. And as humble as she is skilled, Tu Qian lightheartedly pokes fun of her own work by saying, “When you see the first one, you’ll find it interesting. But by the time you see the tenth one, you’ll find it boring.”


”你看第一个的时候会觉得有趣,看到第十个的时候就会觉得无聊。”涂迁对于自己的超短篇水彩动画打趣地评价道。但是有趣的是,她笔下那些不明确的动作和不明确的情绪,在一遍又一遍的loop中,似乎也有了一种独特如诗般的意境。

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Contributor: Banny Wang


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供稿人: Banny Wang