Lars Book Club Poster, featuring a quote by Mary Going from In the Company of Women, by Grace Bonney
The animated GIF made its debut to the world in 1987, but it remains even more relevant today. It’s common, especially for illustrations that live only on the web, that they have a motion-based element to them. Libby VanderPloeg is one of my favorite illustrators using this format to enhance her work.
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.
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, 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)
Shaun of the Dead