I enjoy art of all kinds and because of that follow quite a number of artists. One of them is Matheusz Urbanowicz, a polish artist who lives in Japan and draws amazing (mostly) watercolor scenery. While Mattō himself is an interesting topic, today I want to introduce you to his latest creation, Susume, Karolina.
Susume, Karolina. is a three-minute animation about Karolina Styczyńska, the first foreign (as in non-Japanese) female, who was able to become a professional shogi (Japanese chess) player.
It was written and directed by Mateusz Urbanowicz, who also did the backgrounds. The music was handled by Hanukkah Nakamura and the rest of the animation was done by Studio Colorido of Fumiko’s Confession. The sponsor is CalorieMate balanced food.
Please watch the video—preferably twice, the first time without captions to take in the beauty and the second time with the captions, in which Karolina explains the scenes.
How did you like it? I loved Mattō’s backgrounds, but I’m not too fond of the character design. My husband loved the music.
Be sure to check out the making-of videos. There is Mattō’s announcement post in English and then three making-of videos in Japanese: Matheusz talks about the backgrounds, members of Studio Colorido talk about the animation process and Hanukkah Nakamura talks about the music and recording.
Please share the animation and give this wonderful project a chance to shine!