Animation Test: Paint on Glass

One type of animation that will be used in 45RPM to characterize Charlie’s artistic perspective is a technique I fell in love with long ago – paint on glass. I like to think of it as paint stopmotion. Some animators known for this technique include Aleksandr Petrov and Caroline Leaf.


I had fun today doing some tests. Getting set up and creating some odd 10 seconds of simple animation taught me much about how I need to approach what we will be creating for the film – like acrylic paint is great to do simple quick designs and creates a great animated drying effect but to make anything more detailed, oil paints must be used.

The process really does give a whole new meaning to “watching paint dry.”

And I have to track down some different software for capturing in order to get the file size & aspect ratio I want.

So today, I made the following experiment to celebrate my favorite holiday. Thanks to Jacob Adams for recording the mini soundtrack for me.


-Juli Jackson