All tagged motion graphics

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.

 

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:
MiRon

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:
Cinemagraphs 

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.