Solar Loops (2021)

Digital Video
Animation Technique: Hand Drawn on Paper
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 (DCI Scope) in 16:9 
HD Colour
Stereo Sound

Solar Loops is an arrangement of red and black circular pastel animations looping in and out of scene in-between the visual noise of fibrous copy paper. Jittery movements created through the discontinuity of chalk pastel’s boiling (boiling as in animation term) channel evocative visual meditation as the circles energetically flicker, eclipse and dissipate in one another.

Pairing to the flow of loops and visual noise, is a soundtrack produced by analogue synthesis. Using the textural, static noise as the backbone to this score, a mood of urgency imitates the flickering of the images. Together as sound and vision, Solar Loops is a gazing animation of meditative loops in full colour and deep spatial noise.


sound by Mara Schwertdfeger


Digital Video
Technique: Hand Drawn Animation, Replacement Animation
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 (DCI Scope)
HD Colour
Stereo Sound

The film is about the daily Sunspot drawings at the Mt. Wilson Observatory in California. It’s an amazing little thing- there are over 27,000 drawings in the UCLA archive, starting from 1917.

I read a Wired interview where the current sunspot drawer, Steve Padilla, described them as “little daily work of art”. I don’t really understand the scientific notation of the sunspot drawings themselves, but I thought it was beautiful that one of the longest forms of a diary is in fact, for the Sun! It seems there has always been a sense of ritual and habit with these sunspot drawers too- it’s absolutely divine to know this sense of care exists.

I have also hand drawn 14 cartoons on the sun using Anna Firth’s @tallgrill cross hair technique.

Advice for Younger Self (2019)

Digital Video
Animation Technique: 2D Digital
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
HD Colour
Stereo Sound

What advice would you give to your younger self? I interviewed my co-workers back in early 2019 and Oscar’s response reminded me of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’. 

© Jenn Tran 2022