Freelance animation director and illustrator Andy Martin set himself an epic project at the start of 2013. Challenging himself to create a character/creature/alien each and every day, building to illustrate the populus of a new planet and culminating in a mini animated short at the end of each month.
True to his word each day a new being was spanned into existence and documented on Andy's 'Illustrated Aliens' Tumblr. Sticking to a grand design each month the daily aliens, although individually unique, formed a microcosm of co-habitable life forms. These families of creatures were then applied to wonderfully inventive animated shorts giving us a glimpse into these hilarious, bizarre, and creepy worlds plucked from the recesses of Andy's mind. In addition, the series of planets have been accompanied by a range of brilliant prints, all of which are currently available through the 'Handy Martian' Society6 print shop.
Andy clearly dedicated a great deal of his skill and time to this labour of love... Each passing month the diversity of animation techniques, illustrative styles, inventive character designs, humorous narratives and spot-on execution consistently impressed us.
We missed the start of this project and resisted the temptation each month to post his latest creations one by one. We thought it far more appropriate to celebrated this grand feat with and equally epic post in recognition of this awesome undertaking.
Explore all twelve planets in the Andy Martin solar system...
"The inhabitants of Planet One get more than they bargained for when they get together for a little sing song."
"While spending some time on Planet Two we follow a day in the life of one of it's typical inhabitants... ahh the rat race, a struggle people from all over the cosmos have to deal with."
"Dealing with themes of death, rebirth and world ecosystems; the neon inhabitants of Planet Three undertake a journey that is both exhilarating and transformative."
"What do the robots do after they have taken over the planet. It turns out the ones on Planet Four find harmony and discuss philosophical matters of enlightenment, beauty and magnificence."
"Something is stirring in the waters of Planet Five. From a single cell, one creature evolves into the next and for a fleeting moment the darkest depths of the sea are transformed by a dazzling display of light and colour."
"Those silly inhabitants of Planet Six take things too far in this tale of a petty disagreement that escalates beyond all control. All together now… War, HUH! Good God y'all, What is it good for? (absolutely nothin')"
"We pop over to Planet Seven as two of its inhabitants' are having a little catch up. What exciting adventures have they been up to? What fascinating plans do they have for the weekend?… it all gets a bit much for one of them."
"Food can be a dangerous business for the inhabitants of Planet Eight. But with fruit this tasty they just can't help themselves."
"The kids on Planet Nine discover that the mix of superpowers and peer pressure is an accident waiting to happen."
"While reminiscing about times long gone, one of the former residents of Planet Ten has a plan to get back to those heady days. But will his hubris be his undoing?"
"Who's the biggest fool, the fool or the followers of the fool? The residents of Planet Eleven face this question while running."
"Well it seems that this is the end, it's a pretty clear sign when the sky starts to fall in..."