Author: laurasweeney


Zinester 101

How to become a Zinester



This was my first attempt making pages for the class zine. I took a copy of a drawing and then printed another image on top of it which I had used in a gif experiment. I played around with different sizes for the heart before deciding on this composition.



For this page, I took 4 screenshots of my gif that was made using the ultrapop app of an old ink drawing which was later manipulated in giphy cam. I added two cropped images from a ink drawing on the left and a painting on the right of hair details. I wanted to give the background texture. I also included a repeated b&w image from a cd insert to add a sense of movement and contrast against the bright colors echoed with the image the left.



The backdrop is also a screenshot from a motion portrait gif I posted here earlier. I found ripping the edges of the images made it easier for me to blend the images together into one piece. I added the text from a magazine copy and cd insert tracklist. The raven drawings were also screenshots from a gif.



I added three screenshots from the aforementioned gif but this time in black and white. The “Witness Me” text is a copy from a rubber stamp I made and “Never don’t mind about a thing” lyric was made using letter stickers individually placed on acetate for a previous screen-printing projected and reduced in size.



I liked the repetitive imagery in the last page so I tried using it again but layered text over the eyes this time. I really liked this effect and will consider it in future pieces. The backdrop is a copy from a wooden panel piece. I added a magazine texture on the right to break up the space.



The “goodbye” text is from an instagram post. I liked the finality it gave to the completed page. I used a detail from a drawing for the bottom texture. This is my favorite page so far because of the composition and range in values. I felt I had more of an understanding of how to control the layout so it didn’t look too busy. 


Last week we had the great opportunity of visiting GIPHY headquarters in Manhattan. We each took turns experiencing their new VR program featuring a museum of gifs by a select few of over 1,300 GIPHY artists. It was extremely cool to be immersed in this virtual world even going as far as feeling the sensation of falling through the portals through the multiple dimensions. Here are some gifs made through the GIPHY website!! We even had a sneak peak of their newest app.

And quick tour of the headquarters!

The staff put together a showcase of their favorite gifs on a large screen for us to view and let us use their gif camera to make a series of gifs!

Project #1: 2D

For the 2D Project I selected an illustration made with micron ink, oil paint and glaze on a gessoed wooden panel. I took a picture of the image with my iphone and animated it using the Motion Portrait app.

Original Illustration

I uploaded the .mov file onto Instagram and used the Amaro filter to change the colors.

I then uploaded the edited file with the Giphy Cam app and used the VHS filter to create the final gif animation.

Giphy Cam