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Animation, Illustrator

Paper Flowers and Fantastic Beasts Fit for Film

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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!)

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Animation, Illustrator

BEEP BEEP! Pop Culture-Centric GIFs by Allison Kerek

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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!

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Here are some of Allison’s non-animated illustrations:

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Animation, Illustrator

Nancy Liang’s Glittering Night Skies in Surreal GIFs

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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?

Check out the rest of Nancy’s GIFs on her web­site and Tum­blr. (Via Doo­dlers Anony­mous)

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Animation

Yule Log 2.014: A Yule Log for the Digital Age

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!

Animation

8-Bit Gifs by Dusan Cezek Capture Iconic Movie Moments

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A Life Aquatic

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, Pix­el­woodEven 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)

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Moon

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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

Pulp Fiction

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Nacho Libre

Nacho Libre

Total Recall

Total Recall

Fight Club

Fight Club

Fifth Element

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Clerks

Clerks

Animation

Move Mountain, a Short Film by Kristen Lepore

Move Mountain by Kristen Lepore

Do you have about 11 min­utes today? Sure you do! So, use your time wisely and check out Kris­ten Lepore’s new ani­mated short, Move Moun­tain. You might remem­ber her work, Bot­tle, which was widely pop­u­lar a few years ago. This, like its pre­de­ces­sor, does not dis­ap­point. Delight­ful yet sophisticated.

PS: If you have scardy cats like I do, they might be star­tled by some of the sound effects.

Animation

GIFs, GIFs, GIFys

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Who doesn’t like a good GIFs? Seri­ously. They are the love lan­guage of the web, immor­tal­iz­ing moments in time so we can revisit them for­ever. Guadalupe Cor­doba cre­ated the site umbu.com, which doesn’t sound like it’s a site ded­i­cated to GIFs (umbu is actu­ally the name of a fruit), but it is. It’s full of ran­dom, user sub­mit­ted GIFs, and some of them are pretty obscure. There’s a spe­cial place for art, too. So, if you are an artist or illus­tra­tor who makes gifs, your work could be on umbu!

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Before this week, I didn’t know about the .GIFYS, an award cer­e­mony that’s the inter­net ver­sion of the Oscars. It was cre­ated by edi­tors at Mash­able, Buz­zfeed, Gawker, and more, the mis­sion being to “honor the ani­mated GIF as a medium, social com­men­tary, and art form.” If you peruse Red­dit, Twit­ter, Imgur, etc., on a reg­u­lar basis, you’ll prob­a­bly rec­og­nize many of these. These are a few of my favorites, but what are yours? (Via Fast Com­pany)

Animation, Illustrator

Julian Glander’s Animated GIFs Featuring Glamourous Sandwiches

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I don’t know about you, but boy, did it snow in Bal­ti­more! Schools and busi­nesses were closed and I didn’t leave my apart­ment for over 24 hours. Julian Glander’s ani­mated GIF of a sand­wich snow­board­ing down a moun­tain feels oddly appro­pri­ate right now.

The snow­board­ing sand­wich GIF isn’t the only sub-related ani­ma­tion that Julian has in his port­fo­lio. He actu­ally cre­ated a slew of them for the pop­u­lar sand­wich fran­chise, Sub­way. The ani­ma­tions fea­ture $5 Foot­longs mod­el­ing, in space, get­ting their por­trait painted, and more. I think Julian’s work is hilar­i­ous and I love his style. His char­ac­ters are tac­tile, set­tings col­or­ful, and it’s just a lot of fun. I wasn’t aware that Sub­way had a sense of humor, but these GIFs prove me wrong.

All images via his web­site. You might remem­ber Julian’s work from the pop­u­lar Yule Log 2.0 last hol­i­day season.

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Animation, Illustrator

The Surreal Fashion GIFs of Tara Dougans

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These ani­mated GIFs by Tara Dougans are a lit­tle crazy, a lit­tle weird, but very cool. They com­bine draw­ing, ani­mat­ing, and are a nod to fash­ion illus­tra­tion. Some are sub­tle, like the long-necked mod­els del­i­cate tears. Oth­ers are dizzy­ing, like the images directly above and below. I’m mesmerized.

All images via her web­site. Fol­low her on Tum­blr, too!

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