Typically the words “tiny dancer” makes us think of Elton John’s popular song of the same name. But illustrator Charlotte Smith took the literal approach with her series Tiny Dancers, which feature, you guessed it, gifs of tiny dancers. With her simple drawing style, she highlights famous dance scenes, like Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” side-step or Billy Elliot‘s cathartic leaps. But probably our favorite thing about it is how she uses simplicity to illustrate how easily we remember certain pop culture landmarks. Now excuse us. We’re gonna go watch Moonrise Kingdom again.
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German illustrator Raphaëlle Martin has the kind of bold style one might expect from a René Magritte admirer. They both love bold colors, vast landscapes, and most importantly, surrealism. This animated tribute is more than just a rehashing of Magritte’s most famous works. Instead, Martin injects new life into these classic pieces by updating the art to appeal to today’s loyal netizens. That’s right–gifs. And while some people might scoff at the increasingly blurred lines between gifs and art, we think this tribute is brilliant.
Probably the most interesting thing about these tribute pieces is how Martin uses an animation style that makes the pieces look old, like some colorized classic film. The pieces jump to life as if you’re tuning in to some broadcast expressionist station. Or, you know, you could also just sit back and take a more laid back approach to this. After all, they’re just gifs.
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