This is the first example that came to mind for the  video style for the animation bleeding in:

Sherlock Holmes end credit sequence from Danny Yount on Vimeo.

Also, I was thinking about doing the animation as a speed paint style, assembling the art which eventually becomes the live action piece, or perhaps it is first one thing like old hands that transform into the beautiful hands, during the process of the art being drawn, erased and painted over. this transitions to the live plate.  I don’t have an example of this idea and it would require me to do the animation, since I would be recording the art in process. I know I have seen this before, I just couldn’t find an example.  Although what I am thinking of would be a very crude version of (I am afraid to show this because it is so amazing) of the oil paint style of Alexandar Petrov, one of the living legends of animation:

Alexandre Petrov – Russian Railways from Pascal Blais Animation Studio on Vimeo.

here are some examples of image styles and emotional feel for inspiration.

by Charlie Harper

by Charlie Harper

by William Kentridge

 

 

by William Kentridge

by William Kentridge

 

by Carson Ellis

 

 

 

By David Stone Martin

 

UPDATE: The Final works ended up looking like this:

look at those luxurious hands! Fish eggs are awesome! Client: Gorilla Pictures

 

A map used for motion graphics developed with Gorilla Pictures.

A map used for motion graphics developed with Gorilla Pictures.

Client: Gorilla Pictures

Client: Gorilla Pictures

 

look at those luxurious hands! Fish eggs are awesome!