A Beginner's Guide to Gif Artists: Black and White Edition

It’s that time again—gif art time! Join me as I continue a long, two-blog tradition of exploring the ups and downs and secret pleasures of gif artists—this time, in monochrome.

The monstrous:

Yuriy Mironoff (AKA MiRon) is an artist/illustrator/animator/virtuoso from Kiev. His gifs use the stereoscopic effect to the fullest, breathing life into his detailed creatures in very few frames. His knack for pattern gives his illustrations a carved, totem-like effect, further blurring the line between 2D illutration and 3D object.

MiRon’s chunky black art against a stark white background uses the Tumblr platform to its fullest, showing off his work in a way others can’t. —The Daily Dot

The wacky:
Zach Cohen

What’s not happening in Zach Cohen’s animations? I have fathomless envy for this guy’s imagination and grip on the surreal, and his looping gifs are all the more perfect in their imperfection. Try to look away; you won’t succeed.



Zach Cohen’s short gif animations loop with a manic character all his own, providing us with a glimpse inside his gloriously zany mind. —Visual News

The noir:
The Saline Project

The trio behind The Saline Project are music video masters and have created vids for Modest Mouse, Eminem, and The Cure. Their newest project is a giffy one. These Monsters, Villains, Heroes and Victims have depth thanks to their “3D lenticular imagery” technique. The mood and the beauty of each one is enough to make a girl want to step inside—at her own risk. 

We wanted to bring together two of our favorite things: iconic antiheroes and vintage Los Angeles noir. —Adam Toht

The mysterious:

Patakk doesn’t offer up a lot of details about himself. His name is Paolo Čerić; he’s 21; he uses CINEMA 4D, After Effects, and Photoshop; and he’s hella talented. His gifs vary wildly from piece to piece, but each of them leave a lasting a lasting impression and the desire to see, to know, more.

Each gif comes with no explanation or fanfare, yet the effect is utterly mesmerizing in its endless array of movement. —JEANNIEJEANNIE

The foreboding:
Uno Moralez

What’s black and white and freaky all over? Russian cartoonist Uno Moralez has taken the Internet by storm with his illustrations—the still kind and the moving kind. They’re simple, beautiful, and will set your teeth on edge. (Hat tip to the Algeos!)

To think that Moralez can create these scenes with only black and white pixels is fantastic. —The Fox Is Black

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