For all of my Gif animations I chose to work on the to.be website. For some strange reason I had many issues with NewHive including just being unable to log in at random times. Frustrated, I decided to stick with to.be. A lot of my ideas stemmed from an initial drawing, which I then animated as a Gif, which I then created a little “scene” for.
The one below, my first attempt, was inspired by my first 2D project. Since I took so many selfies and my piece was a self portrait painting, I thought it would be fun to animate the many selfies along with my “selfie” artwork. I chose to put it in a frame and have a few onlookers enjoying the “art”.
One thing I noticed, and I’m unsure if it behaves the same way on NewHive, is that opacity in gifs does not show up faded on the website, but instead looks pixelated (see light in above field). Something to keep in mind when creating gifs.
The one above, which I kept calling “O Captain, My Captain” in my head, sprung about from a piece I created in Illustrator and Photoshop of Captain America. From there I wondered what could the old captains scene should be and voila, buildings and fire were born.
My next creation came from the animated gif of a giraffe I drew many years ago. Where else might you find a bad ass cigarette smoking giraffe but locked away in a jail cell. The poor child can hardly believe what he’s seeing.
The above began with the fish, which I painted and then edited in photoshop to have see through “bones”. I decided to animate the fish, put it in the ocean, and add melting skittles from a previous project that I just really enjoy.
This was where I began to try to breakaway from the whole “scene” I had been creating thus far. I wanted to just make something, anything, that didn’t look like a little, well, scene. I used a graphic image I had created and a background I found online. A simple gif of an inverted background flashing can give anything a cool effect (imho).
The one above was from a graphic design course I took during my undergrad. We created “pop out” images, and while the initial static image I made had the woman with her leg dangling from the frame, but I felt animating it slightly gave it that little something extra it needed (aaaaand I’m back creating tiny little scenes).
So I created a Gif from another drawing and thought, “wow she looks worried, what could possibly be going on?” Earth on fire? That’ll do it.
Okay back to simple. Again I took an image I had created (melty lightbulb) and found a nice flame Gif on Giphy.
So for this guy I used an Gif I had created for my 3D project and edited it on Giphy to create that cool drippy eye (this will be used again in future fields because I really like it).
And theres the eye again. That eye, was my inspiration. I initially wanted to create an outline of a girl that looked as though she was holding up her arms and holding a frame in front of her face (I used this in a future field) but once I put the drippy eye behind it, I liked that it was simple and left the frame off.
So this was my collage which is just a wish mosh of craziness made even more crazy by animating a few pieces. I used already created gifs to give it a little something extra.
Back to trying to keep it simple, we have the girl with the frame and my Gif selfie. The background is a song I had stuck in my head all throughout class when we initially learned how to create Gifs. There are two versions, this one, (which I suppose is the original and plays during the end of The Darjeeling Limited) and this cooler remake by NoFx.