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Tapocketa

Tapocketa - Handmade Animator and Illustrator, UK

Hertfordshire, England
Based in Hertford, UK, Tapocketa brings together the artistry and technical wizardry of founders Eleanor Long and Trevor Young. With distinguished backgrounds in film, television and the arts – including silver screen blockbusters – they’ve turned their hands to crafting unique, handmade animation and illustration work.
Each character moves with verve through gorgeously tactile scenery, for an instantly captivating effect. One of their first creations is the ‘boovie’ Galdo’s Gift – a combination of a children’s book and a movie. It won an incredible six gongs at the Digital Book World Awards 2018, including in the overall Best Book category. Inspiration comes from Terry Gilliam, Oliver Postgate, Victorian paper theatres and British folk art. Eleanor studied at Canterbury College and has an MA from the Royal College of Art. Trevor has a BA (Hons) from Camberwell College.

Approach

Everything is sketched with pencil on paper as Trevor and Eleanor plan out the scenes and refine the story. Then simple models are created of sets and characters, and they work out the parts needed and how they’ll move. These are scanned in and reassembled in the 3D animation program Blender.

Style

Tapocketa's enhanced paper cut style is characterised by rich colours and textures, along with depth and volume that makes viewers want to step into the scenes and interact with the funny characters.

Awards

Best Book (Overall) – Digital Book World Awards – 2018 Best Book (Fiction) – Digital Book World Awards - 2018 Best Book (Children’s) – Digital Book World Awards - 2018 Best Book (Interactive Fiction) – Digital Book World Awards – 2018 Gold – Enhanced Picture Books – Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards - 2018

Client list

Tapocketa's clients include Faber Music, ATC Management, Circular Software, Beate Woehrle Design, Colibrio Publishing, Head of Zeus, The Integer Group and Profile Books.
Illustration of Skippy Hound skipping along the road
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Little Miss Muffett, the nursery rhyme character drawing
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Illustration of Fairy tale landscape with foreground trees.
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A fairytale town inhabited by little creatures artwotk
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Fantasy noticeboard in fairytale town illustration
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A fairy tale scene of Dandy returns illustration
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Fantasy illustration of Four character hero heads
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Mixed artwork of heroes in my head
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Colored drawing of blood-sucking bats in their cave
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A green group of slimy slugs illustration
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The Grand Finale on the stage illustrated by MiniTonic
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Fun at the fair with the bunny grabber mixed illustration
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Mr Whimcycle on his unicycle in the countryside
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Jimmy the Chin character portrait
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Portrait of Dr Stankenbourg character
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Dr Crispin portrait
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Dr Hoot portrait character
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