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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,”…

 

 



Animation Art Illustration

Surreal Monochromatic GIFs by Carl Burton

May 11, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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…

 

 



Animation Illustration

Enchanting Storybook GIFs Animated by ‘Sparrows’

March 16, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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…

 

 



Animation History

Newly Digitized ‘Phenakistoscope’ Animations That Pre-Date GIFs by Over 150 Years

October 27, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection Since first stumbling onto an early type of image projector called a magic lantern over 40 years ago, Richard Balzer became instantly obsessed with early optical devices, from camera obscuras and praxinoscopes to anamorphic mirrors and zoetropes. Based in New York, Balzer has collected thousands of obscure and unusual devices such as phenakistoscopes, one of the first tools for achieving live animation….

 

 



Animation

New Cloned Video GIFs from Erdal Inci

May 21, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Last year I featured a number of amazing gifs from Istanbul-based artist Erdal Inci (previously) who clones sections of video to create hypnotic animated loops. His work has since popped up all over the web and will soon find its way into a gallery space. Above are some of his latest clips depicting numerous copies of Inci himself parading through the frame like a cloned robot army, though he also flashlights to create even more complex…

 

 



Photography

Dizzying Carousel GIFs by Dave Gorum

January 26, 2015

Christopher Jobson

…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….

 

 



Photography

More of the Best Nature GIFs on the Web

August 14, 2013

Christopher Jobson

…Back in February we first explored an ongoing project called Head Like an Orange (previously) by a Netherlands-based artist named Marinus who isolates key segments of nature films, often just a split second in length, and uses the footage to create beautiful, whimsical, and strangely poetic gifs. These are a few of my favorites from the last several months but you can see much more right here….

 

 

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