Uncover the hypnotic loops and animations of Rapapawn

Founded by Óscar Raña and Cynthia Alfonso, Rapapawn is an animation studio based in Vigo, Spain with a flair for psychedelics. "We met six years ago at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Barcelona. First we worked on joint publications in the field of graphics, then we both studied a master's in animation, ”says the duo. "We were aware of our affinities and were curious to see our graphic work in motion. That is why we decided on Rapapawn three years ago."

The name Rapapawn is a kind of nonsense word that the couple adopted. "It's a catchphrase that is used in our group of friends. You could say it's a bit similar to the 'Yada Yada' used in Seinfeld," they say. Their closeness goes beyond funny words, however, and Raña and Alfonso say that because they share the same social concerns and approach life in a similar way, they can work on the same wavelength and create exciting things together. “We also share common references and goals. This is an important point because we get along well when defining ideas, listening and speaking, ”says the team.

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Alfonso and Raña work on assignments for The New York Times, WeTransfer and many bands and artists, and work together on every step of the whole process.

"When a commission comes to us, we usually have several meetings, we share ideas and we add to them. We believe this is the best way to do something stronger. Two heads are better than one, ”says the team. "As soon as everything is defined, we create sketches and a storyboard and distribute the scenes and clips."

Rapapawn's style combines structured, bright colors with frenetic cuts, abstract shapes and surrealistic imagery to create animations and loops that feel groovy and satisfactorily hypnotic. "Through our training in visual arts, our main influence is contemporary art. We bring this into all areas of our work, and in the end all the disciplines we work in influence each other, ”they explain.

Raña and Alfonso both have separate illustration practices outside of Rapapawn with RañAlfonso is currently working on a new comic and Alfonso is working on a group exhibition in Spain. They see the studio as an experimentation space and use it to bring their geometric work to life in new ways, using animation as a tool like any other.

“Working with frame animation makes it easier for us to maintain the continuity of comic book format stories and include scenes with higher cadence and movement that would otherwise be unthinkable, and vice versa,” says Rapapawn. "Everything is interconnected and helps us to grow."

Most recently, Rapapawn has been working on a number of loops and video clips for a project in the near future. You enjoyed the challenge of tackling the quirks of frame animation, although sometimes it gets more difficult with tight deadlines.

"T.There are usually very short deadlines for the type of animation we do. So we have to come up with formulas and clips that can be interesting, ”they say. "It's a challenge that ultimately helps us to be more concise and sometimes more effective."