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.
I love it when embroidery is in used in unconventional applications, and designer Elliot Schultz has done so in a super creative way. He created a series of embroidered zoetrope!
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:
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)
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.
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!
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)
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.