Director - Andy Baker & Steven Harrington
Illustrator - Steven Harrington
The third in a series of artists invited to experiment using the Surface Book to put a fresh twist on their work. The project, called the Surface Experiments, invited some of the most exciting creatives of today to experiment and collaborate using the Microsoft Surface.
For their turn, Harrington and Baker created Far Outttt – an animated story following the adventures of a monochrome rodent, reminiscent of old-school Mickey Mouse or Snoopy imagery, as it makes its way through the wavey, pastel-hued world of Harrington’s mind.
Ever since he can remember, London native Andy Baker has been obsessed with animation. From over-the-top films like Disney’s “Fantasia” to Sunday morning regulars “Tom & Jerry,” he was hooked. Having studied Fine Art in his formative years, Andy went on to pursue a degree in illustration and animation from Kingston University, tailoring his approach and finding his niche somewhere in between the two.
Shortly after graduating, Andy - along with some friends - formed multi-disciplinary studio This Is It Collective and started taking on commercial work. Their first collaborative project “Viceworld,” an energetic title sequence for VICE UK, landed This Is It Collective on the map for up-and-coming animators and gave Andy the support he needed to develop his craft.
Since then, Andy has collaborated with multiple artists and illustrators for clients such as Vans, Warner Brothers, Marmite, Ricard, Adidas & Asics. His character driven work and 2D cel techniques, combined with his use of bold color, liquid transitions and old school animation style make Andy’s range of work completely contemporary while remaining undeniably classic.