2021 Grad Show

Nina Patafi

AUArts Grad Show Screen Shot 2021-03-11 at 3.14.12 PM

VCD – Character Design & Illustration


Nina Patafi is an illustrator and animator who likes making weird little people. She is currently living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.


“Clutter” is a 2D stop-motion animation, utilizing paper cut-out, marker, acrylic paint, plasticine, wool, and pieces of garbage. I began filming at the university and then moved production into a home after COVID-19 hit. I would not have been able to complete this project without rental equipment from Quickdraw Animation Society. Thematically it touches on hoarding and why we do it. I was initially inspired by my pile of old bus passes, ID cards, and hotel cards that I have held onto, due to a sentimental love for these now-defunct pieces of the past.

Character Line Up and Ironic Story Structure

Some storyboards featuring three characters I created for a class.


A collection of couples.

Night Terrors Film Society Poster

The Night Terrors Film Society is a local group of 35mm film collectors - you can attend their screenings of horror/exploitation films at the Globe Cinema. Using wire and polymer clay, I created a creature meant to be representative of these films.

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