Face paint and stop-motion are combined to beautiful effect in Ruby, a fantastically imaginative portrayal of life, death and rebirth.

London-based artist Emma Allen calls her 75-second short "an animated self-portrait exploring the idea of rebirth and illustrating the transfer of energy from one incarnation to another."


Allen created the animation over the course of five days using face paint, a mirror and a camera. The result is a hauntingly beautiful recapitulation of Carl Sagan's timeless reminder that we are all star stuff, and, more recently, Neil deGrasse Tyson's most astounding fact about the Universe.

It's also just really, really lovely to watch. If you're into this sort of thing, might we recommend giving these two videos a watch, as well.

[Emma Allen via COLOSSAL]