I’ve been happily following the work of Russian illustrator Dmitry Izotov via livejournal for years.
Izotov’s work can also be found on The Behance Network.
There’s something very magical and unique about Russian animation in general, and the work of Ivan Ivanov-Vano in particular. Inspired by classical opera, and utilizing two dimensional stop-motion animation, he created some incredibly stirring short films. He was also a big influence on (and mentor of) Yuri Norstein, another of my favorites.