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Fictional Butterflies Animated as Illuminated GIFs by Vladimir Stankovic

April 20, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Australia-based illustrator Vladimir Stankovic has created several series of GIFs depicting his fantastical portrayal of the natural world, animating subjects such as Cepharthropoda (animals with characteristics of both cephalopods and arthropods), Cephalopodoptera (his cross between mollusks and insects), and the Lepiodoptera Obscura (seen here). Within this series he illustrates the lifecycle of a “hidden butterfly,” extravagantly colored insects that exist in some of the most remote areas of tropical rainforests.

You can see more of his fictional additions to natural history on his Instagram and Behance, and find fine art prints of his subjects on his Etsy.

 

 



Photography

Dizzying Carousel GIFs by Dave Gorum

January 26, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Designer Dave Gorum (previously) recently stopped by the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago to capture the carousel in this fun pair of gifs. The strobe effect of the lights moving in the opposite direction of the platform is uncanny.

 

 



Animation Art Illustration

Surreal Monochromatic GIFs by Carl Burton

May 11, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Digital artist and animator Carl Burton creates quick atmospheric GIFs that blend elements of science fiction and surrealism. Glittering illuminated tentacles appear to twist through the dark while neon lasers emerge from deep pools of water. Much of what you see here represents Burton’s personal experiments, but the NYC-based creative also lends his illustrative style to images for long-form publications around the web. He works primarily with Cinema 4D, Photoshop, and After Effects, spending several hours or even days on a single GIF depending on its complexity. You can see more of his work on Tumblr. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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Animation Illustration

Enchanting Storybook GIFs Animated by ‘Sparrows’

March 16, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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An illustrator who goes by the name Sparrows has been sharing a lovely series of imaginative GIFs that frequently spread like wildfire across Tumblr. Each storybook animation features some form of magical realism where pelicans play scrabble, tattoos bloom from skin, or breakfasts appear to cook themselves. Sparrows tells us that she works professionally as an illustrator, but these brief standalone pieces are just ideas she wants to exist outside of her head. The snapshots appear to exist in the same little universe but aren’t meant to be part of a larger narrative. You can see many more over on Tumblr, where she also answers a few questions about her process.

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Animation Illustration

Unsatisfying GIFs That Transform Frustrating IRL Moments into Digital Animations

May 13, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Paris-based motion design studio Parallel created a series of short animations which aim to do anything but impress, clips that highlight the frustrating day-to-day mishaps by turning them digital. The series, titled UNSATISFYING, aims to go against the trend of oddly satisfying videos that are currently pervading the internet, instead making audiences cringe with scenes that only deliver disappointment. The well-designed clips of missed opportunities and jammed soda cans were warmly accepted, and have led to several other animators creating their own takes of annoying moments through the studio’s UNSATISFYING Challenge. Take a look at eight short GIFs made from the original UNSATISFYING video below. (via The Creators Project)

 

 



Animation Design

Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte

June 23, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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In 2011, Dublin-based physics student David Whyte began a Tumblr called Bees & Bombs where he posted humorous images and quirky GIFs of his own creation, borrowing heavily from videos and pop culture icons. One day he decided to start playing with Processing, a popular open source programming language designed to help create images, animation, and various computer interactions. His background in mathematics and physics greatly enhanced his understanding of motion and geometry and it wasn’t long before he was churning out some of the most popular animations shared on Tumblr.

Whyte’s minimalistic use of shapes and color places an increased emphasis on motion, and leaves one somewhat dumbstruck at how he conceives of each image. In a somewhat rare move he happens to be quite open about his methods and frequently posts source code and tips to help other artists. See much more of his work on Bees & Bombs.

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Art

Trippy Animated GIFs by Matthew DiVito aka ‘Mr. Div’

March 4, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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With over 100,000 followers on Tumblr, Boston-based motion graphics designer Matthew DiVito (aka mr. div) is probably one of the most popular artists making animated gifs today. DiVito works with a combination of After Effects and Cinema 4D to create each image which appear to be inspired by 1970-80s era motion graphics with a distinctly modern twist. These are just a few of my favorites, but you can see dozens more right here.