All tagged gif

Every time I’m ready to take a break from beating the gif art drum, I peer in my bookmarks and see a dozen more superstars waiting to be adored by you. Can’t stop won’t stop and all that.

The alien:
Charles Huettner

Charles Huettner is an illustrator who kicks ass at drawing cute creatures—humanoid but often not human—and bringing them to life as animations. If you spend a bit of some time on his Tumblr, you’ll grow close to his odd creations, then suffer disappointment when you find out how many of them come from his abandoned short film concepts.

The fashionista:
Tara Dougans

Fashion illustrations have been flooding my preferred blogs lately, and I couldn’t be more pleased. In particular, the work of Tara Dougans really stood out. Its not only marvelous—it moves. She takes already-bizarre men’s fashion and makes it somehow even more hypnotizing, and that’s a serious task.


Most modern gifs are inherently nerdy. They are often animated snippets of a scene in a film, TV show, or game, and they communicate on an obvious level (e.g., that gif of a pair of pants flying through the air with the blinking marquee of OOPS THERE GO MY PANTS in this context implies arousal) and a wink-nudge pop cultural level (e.g., that pants scene is from Breaking Bad, and there's really nothing sexy about that sequence). Below is a handful of geeky gif-makers who go a step further than plopping something in or sketching their favorite characters dancing Gangnam Style. 

A Link to the Past:
Zac Gorman

The gif world got a beautiful gift when Zac Gorman announced he had “started playing with motion comics.” Sprinkling simple animations on his already-gorgeous drawings was a winning combination. He wondered aloud (on the internet) whether he should do a whole series of Legend of Zelda themed motion comics…and then he did. And then it grew. Today he mixes vintage game nostalgia with core gamer dedication on Magical Game Time.



Zac Gorman’s art stirs up all these old feelings of happiness and heartbreak, serving as examples of the very real connections we've formed with our favorite heroes and heroines. —Destructoid 

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

Lets talk about gifs, baby. 

Gifs have been around as long as I have (since 1987, to be exact), but only in recent years have they begun to make the transition from GeoCities-style annoyance to art form. A reaction gif is worth 1,500 words (and enter into my online conversations regularly), but these beauties are worth even more. Maybe like 2,750. Its time you sit down and get acquainted with these five motion graphic artists.

Coming sometime: A Beginners Guide to GIF Artists, Black and White Edition.

The obvious:

Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg weren’t the first on the art gif scene, but they’re the first gif artists I know to actually trademark their brand of moving picture—the cinemagraph. (I don’t know where that falls on your snobbery scale, but I’ll leave interpretation up to you.) Beck and Burg use animation to give already-stunning fashion photography a subtle kick, resulting in a close approximation to this nerd’s idea of sci-fi photography: “more than a photo but not quite a video.”



Marrying original content photography with the desire to communicate more to the viewer birthed the cinemagraph process.