Today’s technology is sophisticated enough to make game design a legit art form. Designer Sandro Tatinashvili mostly design game backgrounds, but they decided to take a break and create these ambient animations of mini scenes. Together, each scene looks like it could be a part of a larger story, either a short animation or a video game, but that’s what’s most appealing about it, the suggestion of something larger. But ultimately, these are just a couple of beautiful looking gifs. And you can’t argue with that.
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There’s not much known about painter/animator Josh Shaffner, but that’s not a bad thing. His work speaks for itself. Shaffner paints sprawling oil paintings that are surrealistic in nature. But he doesn’t stop there. While creating his pieces, he captures the motions of his process, creating a stop-motion animation of his paintings coming to life. From The Rehabilitation of Sleep to Pond, Shaffner’s work tip-toes to the edge of consciousness, observing life through a dream-like state where goat-headed men sit in empty rooms and giants lie comatose on beaches. If you’re interested in how he puts these things together, check out this “making of” video for Pond. Don’t forget to also check out his full-sized paintings.
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We love 365-day projects where artists challenge themselves to create a new piece of art every day for a year. In 2014, we had Robba Saldana who created an illustrated 365 playlist project and Gabriel Picolo who created a daily doodle project. But abstract animator Mirai Mizue was a year ahead of the trend. Their 2012 WONDER animation project featured one 10-second animation video uploaded to Vimeo every day. The concept behind the project was to capture one’s most “special day” and included interaction from viewers who sent in their birthday to correspond with each day.
Most of the animations are loyal to Mizue’s abstract aesthetic, but the colorful creations show a striking imagination that’s hard to believe was captured in short 10-second installments. The project was played in art galleries and film festivals, but you can watch all 365 videos on their video page. Lazy? That’s OK. We uploaded a few GIFs for the attention-challenged.
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GIFs have been exalted to almost exasperating heights lately. And amidst all the over-saturation, genuine work from people who use the medium in interesting ways gets lost in the fray. Okkult Motion Pictures is one such group. The Italian GIF studio creates GIFs of rare, historical videos taken from the public domain. From forgotten educational videos to war propaganda films to whatever the hell this is, Okkult forgoes its “quirky Tumblr” status into being a bona fide educational tool. Well…sort of. But we love when people take something low brow, like GIFs, and turns them into something with a little more substance. Now if only we could say the same for 90% of the rest of the Internet.
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