Emanuele Kabu creates music video for The Helio Sequence
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Emanuele Kabu creates colourful animated music video with paint and marker pens

Music: illustrator Emanuele Kabu used a variety of different paints and inks to create the hand-drawn sequences in this animated music video for alternative rock duo The Helio Sequence.

Upward Mobility by The Helio Sequence

London-based animator Kabu's video for The Helio Sequence's single Upward Mobility features a green face that repeatedly morphs into a variety of different abstract shapes and colourful patterns.

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"The main concept was to create something that continually collapses into something else as if it'll never be able to reach a proper form," Kabu told Dezeen.

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Kabu combined digital animation with hand-drawn stop-motion techniques to create a variety of different overlapping textures in the video.

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It opens with a vibrant sequence drawn with marker pens, which quickly transitions to a faster-moving digital section, which is in turn washed away by a flood of thick blue acrylic paint.

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"[I wanted] to keep the video really colourful and crazy," Kabu said.

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Other animated sequences were created using watercolour paints and even correction fluid. It was the first time Kabu had created an animation using such a wide variety of methods.

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"I was very interested to work on something that mixed all the techniques I was using," he explained. "But this was the first time I did it. It was a bit of a challenge."

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The visuals get sparser and less colourful as the video progresses. By the end, all that is left of the face is a simple line drawing, which eventually disappears completely.

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Upward Mobility is a track from The Helio Sequence's self-titled new album, which will be released later this month by the Sub Pop record label.