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Animation, Illustrative Food

Art Imitates Life in Delightful Stop Motion Animations About Cooking

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!

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Animation

Illustrated GIFs with a Cinematic Twist by Rebecca Mock

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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.

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animated GIF by Rebecca Mock

Animation, Illustration

Sound and Color: Splendorous Illustrations by Kim Salt

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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 Salt

Kim Salt

 

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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Kim Salt

Kim Salt

Kim Salt

Kim Salt
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, Embroidery

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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 Elliot Schultz

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Animation, Illustration

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, Illustration

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, Illustration

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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Dis­trict 9

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

Fifth Ele­ment

Clerks

Clerks