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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, 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 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, 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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How Did You Do That?

How Did You Do That? Nancy Liang Shares Her GIF-Making Process

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I’m excit­ed! It’s final­ly time to share my newest fea­ture called How Did You Do That? This series will revolve around mak­ers and how they cre­ate the things we love. It comes from both a curi­ous and self­ish place, because when I look at an illus­tra­tion, I often won­der how it was made. Don’t you?  For the first install­ment of  How Did You Do That?, illus­tra­tor Nan­cy Liang shares how she cre­ates her beau­ti­ful­ly spooky GIFs. She also gives some great advice for aspir­ing ani­ma­tors!

So, with­out fur­ther ado, here’s my inter­view with Nan­cy!

Brown Paper Bag: What’s the first step of cre­at­ing your GIFs? What type of draw­ing mate­ri­als do you use, and how do get your images on the screen?

Nan­cy Liang: I begin with sketch­es first. They start rather loose­ly but become more defined as I use them as a guide when I col­lage. Some­times my final work will not look exact­ly like my sketch­es — a few things may be miss­ing or changed.

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Nancy’s ini­tial sketch (fin­ished piece below).

NL (answered con­tin­ued): If it is an ani­mat­ed piece I have to think about what I need to ani­mate before I start. I write a lot of notes and use a check­list. For me the ani­ma­tion process must be very orga­nized and con­trolled. The process is very close to that of tra­di­tion­al ani­ma­tion. The back­ground is usu­al­ly a sta­t­ic hand­made and/or hand drawn piece and what I choose to move is sep­a­rat­ed into lay­ers and placed over the back­ground. I will then scan all my lay­ers into my com­put­er, arrange them in Pho­to­shop and then start to ani­mate.

I use lots of kraft paper and dis­card­ed card. If I ever use col­or I make my own tex­tures by paint­ing, using mark­ers, pas­tels etc. I use a range of graphite pen­cils rang­ing from 9H to 9B.

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Nancy’s fin­ished ani­ma­tion (sketch above).

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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

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, Illustration

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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