Tel-Aviv based illustrator and animator Ori Toor has been cranking out some super unusual animations on his Tumblr titled Looopism. The quirky worm-like characters seem to occupy an unusual space between playful and unsettling, with a dash of mystery as they emerge and recede into darkness. The low-fi texture applied to each piece also provides a unique atmospheric quality that also highlights his improvisational approach to illustration as he works without sketches or plans. You can see more of his work on Instagram. (via It’s Nice That)
Last night a cold front rolled through Chicago, and lucky for us art consultant Amy King was on the lakefront and stopped to shoot an amazing 5-second timelapse as a low-hanging roll cloud moved ominously down the shoreline. So, what’s a roll cloud? Meteorologist Cheryl Scott explains:
What is a Roll Cloud and how does it form? It’s a low, horizontal, tube-shaped cloud. It is formed by winds changing speed/direction when the air temperature reverses its state (resulting in warm air on top of cool air). The shear in the atmosphere sets up a rolling motion, think [of a] rolling pin used in a baking.
You can read a bit more about roll clouds—also called an Arcus Cloud—on Wikipedia. (via @kingartcollective)
Visual artist and animator Hayden Zezula creates superbly unusual animations that he shares on his Tumblr by the name of Zolloc. For years he’s shared unsettling images of eerie walking babies, dripping amorphous blobs, and vaguely occult-ish symbols that have been shared millions of times across his Facebook and Vine accounts. Zezula says that his intention is to merge visually pleasing animation with creepy imagery, creating loops that toe the line between interesting and uncomfortable. Mission accomplished.
Zezula most recently finished an elegant series of animations celebrating the Olympics for Yahoo Sports, and he’s currently available for freelance projects.
Minnesota-based illustrator and animator Anna Taberko has been producing a lovely series of kaleidoscopic animations where flowers, seed pods and butterflies morph into each other to create self-sustaining loops. The works are the artist’s first attempt at making phenakistoscope inspired animations, an early technique that placed drawings onto a spinning disc to trick the eye into seeing movement. Taberko is a recent graduate from MCAD and shares many of her animation experiments on Tumblr.
Blending her original photography with hand-drawn illustrations in Photoshop, animator Yoyo the Ricecorpse creates quirky ghost-like characters that live in a world where anime meets Roger Rabbit. Each animation is limited to a single animated GIF that sees her doughy characters living in teapots or lounging around urban backdrops in photos taken from Yoyo’s travels to Tokyo. The illustrator says she’s inspired by animator Hayao Miyazaki, manga artist Eiichiro Oda, and writer Roald Dahl, something apparent in her attention to detail and her ability to suggest a larger narrative with just a few frames of animation.
Recently out of school, Yoyo now works full-time as an illustrator and animator in London and has transformed many of her characters into an assortment of shirts, pins, buttons and other objects available in her Etsy shop (we’re particularly fond of the Sausage Bunny). She also tells Colossal that she’s working on an animated music video that should be out soon. You can follow more of her work on Instagram and Behance.
Photo by Fitz W. Guerin from The Library of Congress. Animation by Bill Domonkos.
Working with photographs, film clips, and illustrations lost to time, San Francisco-based filmmaker and stereoscopist Bill Domonkos creates darkly humorous animated GIFs. The resurrected photos merged with modern animation are almost completely nonsensical in subject matter and yet perfect in their execution, the more random the better. From his artist statement:
I experiment by combining, altering, editing and reassembling using digital technology, special effects and animation to create a new kind of experience. I am interested in the poetics of time and space—to renew and transform materials, experiences and ideas. The extraordinary thing about cinema is its ability to suggest the ineffable—it is this elusive, dreamlike quality that informs my work.
These brief animations capture the filmmakers wit and aesthetic, but he uses many of the same techniques for much longer films, many of which have been shown in galleris and festivals around the world. You can explore more of Domonkos’ work on Tumblr and on Ello.
Photo: c1909. Animation by Bill Domonkos.