“If we can make it out of paper,” yelldesign writes, “you can make it out of food.” This is the idea behind Papermeal, a delightful series of stop motion animations by the Melbourne-based creative group. Obsessed with fish, chips, and other delicious meals, their videos take everyday recipes and interpret them with paper. The result is a surreal cross between art process and food demonstration. Watch ‘em all below!
This past week, I was in Austin for ICON9, an illustration conference that occurs every two years. If you ever have the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend it—there is great programing, great people, and it’s a great excuse to explore a new city! The first two days of the conference featured various workshops, and I attended one called Deconstructing the Animated GIF lead by Rebecca Mock. As the name suggests, she went through her process in creating an animated illustration, including some basic movements that bring an image to life.
Rebecca is trained as a painter and self-taught in the ways of GIF making. It’s this background, however, that makes her work so compelling—the composition-focused images are like scenes from a film, capturing small, looping movements that make a big impact.
For the past week, I’ve been entranced by the above illustration by Kim Salt. It’s beautiful in its thriving vegetation while being an alluring depiction of space. Splendor is a common component to many of Kim’s works, commonly seen in oversized plants that welcome her characters and keep them company.
Kim sells a selection of her work on Etsy.
Kim also creates animated GIFs! She describes it as, “A personal project inspired by the Alabama Shakes album, Sound and Color.”
Charles Young must be a busy man. In 2014, he created Paperholm, a project where each day, a new model is produced, photographed, and uploaded to the web. On August 11, 2015, after year of building, he completed its first iteration. The paper sculptor then took a short break but has continued Paperholm as of November of last year. Charles’ creations now depict a city that has the hustle and bustle we’d expect from an up-and-coming metropolis.
Individually, the pieces are impressive—they often include some movement from, revolving doors to driving vehicles. Once together, however, you see how clever Charles’ work really is—the relatively simple forms (created with 200gsm watercolor paper and PVA glue) appear increasingly complex as they spatially relate to one another and create an overall narrative about the place.
Check out all of Paperholm on Tumblr.
If you aren’t familiar with a zoetrope, it’s an animation technique that uses a series of pictures on an inner surface. When they’re rotated and displayed — either with a strobe light or by photographs — the illusion of motion is created.
For his final project at the ANU School of Art in Australia, Elliot created six discs with animated sequences embroidered on their surfaces. They were designed to be played on standard turntables, borrowing the shape and size from a 10″ vinyl record. Once they were hit with a strobe light, the animations came to life.
Check out the GIFs and video to see these pieces in action. How cool! (Via Colossal)
Lila Poppins is an illustrator and paper designer who uses her talents to create fantastic beasts, lovely blooms, outdoor scenes, and much more. In addition to sculpting with paper, she also directs stop motion films. Lila’s Tumblr features a few of these animated snippets, one of which is a combination of paper and 2D illustration. The film is an illustrated French poem written by Jacques Prevert and available to view on Vimeo (I’ve also included it below).
And, just a note: illustrator Clément De Ruyter is the person behind the character design of this creature. (Lila did the paper work, obviously!)
I always enjoy a good GIF, and so of course I’m loving Allison Kerek’s work! She’s a Kansas City-based illustrator (my hometown!) who studied interactive design in Philadelphia. Her fun animations feature skulls morphing into Ben Franklin, flashing NIKE dunks, and of course, Missy Elliot on top of a jeep. I could watch these pop-culture-centric for a looong time. Kim Kardashian’s fluttering hair is mesmerizing.
If you want to follow along with Allison’s GIF-making, check out her Tumblr!
Here are some of Allison’s non-animated illustrations:
So, when I featured illustrator Nancy Liang’s nighttime collage scenes last year, I didn’t realize that she was on the cusp of transforming them into something that’s even more awesome!
Nancy has since animated her landscapes and added glittering lights, subtle puffs of smoke, and your not-so-average travelers. They’re mysterious, charming, and have surreal elements in them. After all, when was the last time you witnessed a boat traveling across the night sky?
Each year, I look forward to the holiday-specific projects that put a unique spin on the classics, like Yule Log 2.014. Now in its second season, this series of short films are created by illustrators, animators, directors, and coders to bring the traditional Yule Log into the digital age.
There are a ton of them that are available for view on the Yule Log site. Here are some of my favorites!
Fact: My twin brother is currently pursing his PhD and studying film. In preparation for an exam he had to take in his 2nd year, he watched 72 films. 72! And while he has watched many, many films, I am the opposite. I’ve seen very few movies, and maybe half of those featured in artist Dusan Cezek’s animated series, Pixelwood. Even if this is the case, I’m still delighted by these 8-Bit Gifs, which is a testament to Cezek’s animating prowess. Each image captures famous moments from the particular film in the flat, pixelated style and makes me eager to find them in their companions. (Via designboom)