A young painter, burdened by a mysterious disease, struggles to save his relationship and ultimately, himself.

After being introduced to Jon Portman‘s animations during the pandemic with Mummy and Vampire, we knew we were in for a treat with Malady of Mine. But we weren’t quite expecting this amount of emotional depth. The animated film really catches us by surprise. While it tells a rather common story, its narrative format shapes the story in a rather unique way. The story follows a young painter, burdened by a mysterious disease. Upon discovering that the source of his artistic inspiration is linked to the disease that’s killing him, a young painter must decide what’s more important: his work, or his emotional and physical wellbeing.

Malady of Mine tells the story of a young artist looking for inspiration in dark places. It explores how one’s art, wellbeing, and emotional relationships can become inextricably linked, and the lengths we must go to untangle those. These are themes I’ve experienced in my own life as an artist and filmmaker. I hope this story resonates with anyone who tends to pour a bit too much of themselves into their work.

While much of the story’s mood is set by its visual style, the soundtrack is what brings the film’s emotional states to a whole new level. Composed by Sean William, the orchestral sound brilliantly replaces the dialogue, driving the dramatic tempo through the scenes.