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Animation, Illustrator

Sound and Color: Splendorous Illustrations by Kim Salt

Kim Salt

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.

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Kim also creates animated GIFs! She describes it as, “A personal project inspired by the Alabama Shakes album, Sound and Color.”

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Animation

Paperholm: A Daily Animated City Made of Completely Out of Paper

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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.

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Animation, Textiles

Amazing Animations: Embroidered Zoetropes by Elliot Schultz

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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)

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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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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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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)