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Taili Wu

illustration of Animal Alphabet is a short film inspired by animals and toys. This film tells the animals’ little stories through handmade puppets and stop-motion.

Guess who is it from A to Z :)

*Playful, colorful, geometry, simple shapes, animals, puppet, character design, toys, stop-motion, animation, learning, alphabets, tactile, illustration.
animation of Apart but together!
Joey & the Blowys is a collaboration with my friend, Nathan Freise, who multi-played and recorded his one-man-band while I conduct the band and moving pixels.
animation of So happy to share my slow brewing stop-motion reel! Available for commission & collaborations, please get in touch!

Special thanks for @meydanmusic’s wonderful music, Interplanetary Forest, (CC-BY)
Check out Meydän’s beautiful music.

#stop-motion #animals #children #illustration
animation of Animal Alphabet is a short film inspired by animals and toys. This film tells the animals’ little stories through handmade puppets and stop-motion.

Guess who is it from A to Z :)

*Playful, colorful, geometry, simple shapes, animals, puppet, character design, toys, stop-motion, animation, learning, alphabets, tactile, illustration.
illustration of “Bike Shop” is an ongoing series of sculptures inspired by people from all walks of life, whose bike plays an important role.

This sculpture is a tribute to the humble and amazing photographer, Bill Cunningham, who was honest and true to himself, and a role model & inspiration to me.

*Bill Cunningham, Photographer, Bike, portrait, sculpture,
animation of A simple solution for my sweets craving :)
Who else has a sweet tooth for marshmallows? 

//paper puppet, watercolor, animals, dinosaur, marshmallow, childhood, fantasy, simple life, happiness.
animation of I had the pleasure to art direct, design, and build the set & animate Califia's first animation. With the dream team, we created a stylized paper world telling the story of Califia.
Produced at chrlx, 2016. 

*Food, Almond, Milk, Healthy, Lifestyle, Love, stop-motion, branding, paper art, product.
animation of I’ve teamed up with the film crew at vox on the new Youtube Originals
illustration of Pitch Design for Coca Cola- Japan, celebrating the summer fun in a printed style.
Developed at chrlx, 2015.
ECD: Ryan Dunn
*Poster, beverage, branding, commercial, soda, Bright colors, celebration, summer, fun, japan, cat, fireworks, goldfish.
illustration of Illustrations for Facebook privacy website re-design, 2016.

*Digital, illustration, outdoors, rafting, people, activity, sports.
animation of A call to athletes everywhere to join Adidas on the greatest canvas in sports.

A short film directed by Freise Brothers celebrating the sports, I created a miniature golf scene in claymation. I enjoy designing the characters, gopher, and the clay environment and animating the melting expression and the flying golf ball.

*Sports, claymation, animation, stop-motion, colorful, playful, character, golf,  animal, gopher, outdoor, tactile, clay, simple, transform, expressions, game, stylized.
animation of I lead the production design team on designing the bodega set for the animation, together with the talented chrlx CG team bringing the lively skeleton characters, introducing Jarritos to the US market.

*branding, set design, stylized, bodega, market, playful.
illustration of Animal Alphabet is a short film inspired by animals and toys. This film tells the animals’ little stories through handmade puppets and stop-motion.

*Animal, toys, inspired, Llama, grass, simple shape.
animation of I directed, design & animated this food-inspired logo animation for chrlx logo re-branding.
Produced at chrlx, 2015

*Food, pizza, police, celebration, birthday, cake, waffle, eat, logo, branding, papercraft, paper art, paper sculpture, stylized, city life, lifestyle.
illustration of Illustrations for Facebook privacy website re-design, 2016.

*Telescope, digital, illustration, night, sky, stars.
animation of A Shark Week special edition collaborated with Austin Poor for Chrlx re-branding logo animation, 2016.

*shark, boy, logo, branding, animation, stop-motion, mix-medium, ocean, floats, bite, wildlife.
animation of I teamed up with Junko and the amazing CG team at chrlx to build this physical Cinna-mountain set for the Cinnamon Toast Crunch campaign. 
*set design, fabrication, foam, big mountain, cereal, character, grass, food.
animation of I see faces everywhere on daily objects & the street. When asked to design a logo animation, I start looking for that familiar thing. How if the logo is a character? What will he/she looks like?
animation of I made a paper burger bouncing as if in a video game. Animation as part of CX re-branding logo animation. Produced at chrlx, 2016.

*cut paper, paper art, paper sculpture, food, burger, cheerful, branding, fun, video game, yummy.
animation of A travel poster of my Taipei impression for the exhibition at Graphic Design Festival Paris. Motion posters curated by BITO. Made with paper, glue, foam board, and styrene, 2017.

*cut paper, colorful, bright, happy, city, people, scooters, bicycle, transportation, exhibition, poster, animation.
animation of I made an animation for Drs Dana & Steve, both family practitioners and Steve is helping on the COVID testing. On creating this animation, I am channeling their daughters’ Irish dancing moves, and sharing the cheers with you.

Moving while at home, stay safe my friends!

*cut paper, character designer, dance, watercolor, animation, stop-motion, bright colors, happy, cheerful, playful, illustration, love, supports.
illustration of “Bike Shop” is an ongoing series of sculptures inspired by people from all walks of life, whose bike plays an important role. 

Milk Rider is a homage to the amazing women motorcyclists @sirens_mc_nyc (Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club of New York City), who helps to deliver breast milk to babies in need.
*Milk Rider, Women, motorcyclist, breast milk, baby, Bike, portrait, sculpture, ceramics, hero.
animation of Taili's self-portrait and dream about being as cool as an alpaca!

*animal, alpaca, self-portrait, character, cut paper, watercolor, stop-motion, colorful, play, shapes, imagination, fantasy, happy.
animation of A family portrait of my dad, someone who breathes with 🌽, lives with 🌽and loves 🌽dearly. I secretly call him Prince Corn. My childhood memory about Dad is his welding in the garage, and the shining sparks shooting out in the dark. He also has a love for the wrestling shows.
*Family, Portrait, Dad, Corn, Character Design, Wrestling Show, Love, Father's Day.
illustration of “Bike Shop” is an ongoing series of sculptures inspired by people from all walks of life, whose bike plays an important role. 

This sculpture is inspired by Grayson Perry and his childhood friend, Alan Measles.

*Grayson Perry, motorcycle, Kenilworth AM1, journey, portrait, sculpture, ceramics.
animation of As you know, I am kind of obsessed with garbage trucks. When everything is different than usual, seeing the little routine makes me feel so comforting. Thank you to all the essential workers & the front line medical team! ❤️
*Thank you, Garbage, Truck, Daily, Joys, cars, joyspotting.
animation of I lead the production design team on designing the bodega set for the animation, together with the talented chrlx CG team bringing the lively skeleton characters, introducing Jarritos to the US market. 
*branding, beverage, set design, stylized, glassblowers, glassblowing factory, playful.
animation of The food of my childhood can be some of the most comforting tastes that I often dream about.
*Juice, food, childhood, beverage, snack, joys.
animation of Apple Music is a project inspired by the playful shapes of apples and violins. The idea came from a thought of imagining the apple grows into an instrument and sings songs, then turns back into an apple when encounters people. Yes, the apple has a shy personality.
*Apple, Fruit, Music, imagination, play, fantasy, joys, simple shape.
animation of I teamed up with the talented folks at Buck, creating & lighting up the town of the dead. Such a blast! Set and props produced at Buck, 2017
*Day of the dead, celebration, characters, set, bar, beverage, stylized, skeleton.
animation of A personal project that leads me to reimagine the phone booth. When it comes alive...
*Call, Phone booth, characters, dog, traffic cone, imagination, play.
animation of I made Mr. Piggy Tree celebrate the animal year of the pig in 2019. Mr. Piggy Tree is a flasher(!), who is learning how to fly. Inspired by a chat with my friend @porkrocker.
*Character, design, animal, pig, holiday, p[playful, geometry, sculpture, toys, children, inspiration, imagination.
animation of Santa Crossing is a holiday greeting inspired by the road sign made with cut paper in 2017.
*Holiday card, holiday, hello, Santa, reindeer, road sign, inspirations, imagination, fantasy.
animation of I 👀 you again now!

My daydreaming & home barbers, inspired by the need of glooming.

*watercolor, animal, playful, alpaca, hair, salon, barbers, fantasy, imagination, happy, dream.
illustration of Kamishibai came from a story my friend, Maki shared with me a few years ago. Kamishibai is a traditional form of storytelling in Japan in the 1920s to early 1950s. The storyteller & sweet seller rides the bike from town to town, drawing young audiences. The storyteller uses wooden clappers to gather the crowd, also to build tension while telling stories.

*Storyteller, kamishibai, bike, portrait, sculpture, sweets, girl.
animation of 2020 is the year of mouse! Thinking of mouse, do you think of the track runners in NY subway? As the holidays approaching, it's a perfect opportunity to give the mouse a nice 🛀. This holiday, I get to collaborate with my friend, @nathanfreise, who plays the magical tunes for the animation👂✨
animation of Dreaming about my fav childhood snack.
*Childhood, food, snack, favorite, food, colorful, clay.
animation of Poolside is a fantasy of the escape from the hot summer days.
*Subway, pool, summer, fun, portal, transit, fantasy, imagination, play, character, crocodile, animal.

Profile

Taili Wu is a New York based artist with a passion for playful design and tactile illustration. Born in the countryside of Taiwan, she grew up being chased by roosters, playing in corn mills, and admiring life-size trucks and excavators. Her work is rooted in her love and observation of animals and nature. This gives a unique personality and humor to her character design and animation. Taili’s work, sparks imagination, curiosity, and smiles (or a good laugh). Her process brings concepts to life through brainstorming, sketching, and design (both digital and physical). She excels at the set, props building, and animation, especially stop-motion and 2D. When not working solo or collaborating with stop-motion & 3D teams on character design or set build, Taili also works on independent projects. She particularly enjoys storytelling and explaining difficult concepts with handcrafted animation. Her favorite mediums are stop-motion & mixed-medium with recycled materials and everyday objects. Taili has worked on a variety of commercial projects as well as developing workshops and courses with educational organizations. She is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts.

Style/Techniques

Animation, Clay Sculpture, Conceptual, Cut Paper, Design, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Lettering, Mixed Media, Paper Sculpture, Stylized, Watercolor, Whimsical, Film/Entertainment, CGI, e-Learning, Explainer Video

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Adventure, Animals, Book Covers, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Food, Greeting Cards, Health, Historical, Holidays, Information Graphics, Leisure, Licensing, Mural, Nature, Packaging, People, Portrait, Posters, Product, Scientific, Sports, Still Life, Toys & Games, Transportation, Travel, Wildlife, Agriculture, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Youth, Environmental, Branding, Surface Design, Logos