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Tuesday, 12 June 2007

“Senor Sombra” Luis Manchado González


http://www.alparaguay.com/index.htm is the home site for one of the most watchable animations I have used with my students. “Senor Sombra” is such a creepy tale. "Mr Shadow" creeps into the home in the dead of night and takes away the colours from the little boy and his nursery. I have written notes and marked lots of written work on this animation by Luis Manchado for our Year 10 work so I won't labour the point but he is very good indeed and communicates the sinister quality well. There are previews of his other work too, particularly the stylish “Crystal Palace” with its urban images in black and the lights of the apartments in red. However I did not know much about him. So here is a bit of background information. Born in 1976 this Spanish artist and animator Luis Manchado González studied Fine Arts at the University of Castilla La Mancha between 1994 and 1998. He has been involved in competitions and festival work since and has, for instance, produced some fine comics. As his website demonstrates he is very active and has talent to burn. Which is more than can be said for me because I've managed to get his name wrong (or incomplete) these past years. By the way in seaching for information about him I chanced upon this other Spanish animation, Kid Vampiro, on a similar theme by Emilio y Jesus Gallego. I know no Spanish but I guess the Gallegos are brothers.

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