Gorgeous, psychedelic hand-drawn animation made with ink, white-out and coffee

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Boston-based animator Jake Fried just released his latest psychedelic animation, The Deep End, which was drawn entirely with ink, coffee, and white-out. The animation is continually layered on top of itself as forms morph, bend and transform across the screen. I can’t help but wonder how thick the final canvas is with so many layers of illustration. If you were as blown away by this as I was, you’re in luck: see some of his earlier animations such as Sick Leave and Waiting Room.

The Deep End: A Jaw-Dropping Animation Drawn by Hand with Ink, White-out, and Coffee by Jake Fried [Colossal/Christopher]


  1. I’ve seen some eastern European animation done with a similar technique of repeatedly modifying the same surface but they were not so mercifully brief or fast-paced.

  2. Did he drink the white-out with the coffee? 

    I had an idea for a combination correction fluid and coffee creamer once, but I decided humans are just not good enough for my genius.

  3. I’d like to see a copy that was jitter corrected, though I get that jittery coffee images make a sick sense.

    1. Yeah, wouldn’t that be a fairly straightforward process? And really quick, especially compared to the time investment in making the original art. 

  4. Thanks for this! I also liked the sound (music?) accompanying the video. Anyone know where it came from?

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