This animated portrait is simple and calming. I am looking to create subtlety and discovery in my art. This was pretty easy to make, too. I used a super small point pen on Photoshop to outline a silhouette, then compiled a stream of photos I had taken at my cousin’s baby shower in Agoura Hills. The water and the swans were insane! I knew I wanted to do something with the images, and why not put them in a self portrait! That’s what I seem to do…though the scene would look cool outside of a window in a drawing of a bookish room. Hmmm maybe I’ll do that.
Though I’ve only been GIFing for under a month, I can’t imagine not turning all of my digital art into a GIF somehow for my future posts.
Once I learned how to GIF, I started researching “arg gifs” to see what was out there and what people are doing.
Oh the loading!
Here’s some of what I found in my research:
—Buzzfeed’s [defensively titled]: 30 Artists Proving That GIFs are the Next Great Art Form
-I enjoyed the simplicity and saturation of Adam Ferriss and the social/something implications of Clay Rodery though their animation is quick and would make my mum dizzy.
–Erdal Inci has an animation realism that I appreciate, but do not yet bother to approach.
I also checked out the Huffington Post’s defensively titled article: 10 Foolproof Reasons Why GIFS are Indeed Art, in case you’re interested.
I liked the subtle GIFS (I think “subtle” is my key word this month…this year…). There’s something beautiful and unexpected about a slight shift: wind on water, a reflection revealing the movement of the sun, a breath.
For my GIF below, I may have been inspired by the subtly of Tech Noir and/or FASHGIF (though different content).
Process Still Images
Love it. I can hardly wait to try this form. Wish I had long wavy hair…how creative can I be?