I’ve spent the better part of the year working on coding and back end development am just now getting a chance to enjoy the “artistic” side of the web again. Boy are there some talented folks out there! I’m always in awe and inspired by what I see. I’m also taken aback by how popular animated gifs have become. Of course, these aren’t the animated gifs from the 1990s. These are video conversions and sophisticated art forms. Animated gifs are a great way to share in-text videos and moving artwork – a silent film of sorts. I’ve been so inspired by what I’ve seen, I’ve compiled some of my favorite animated gifs and artists. I’ve tried to give credit when available. I wasn’t able to track down the artists for all ten art pieces, so if you recognize one as yours or someone you know, let me know and I’ll post a link to that artist’s website or social media account so we can all enjoy more from him or her.
1. Underwater Lady
I just adore this underwater picture. It’s breathtaking even without the animation, but it is incredibly mesmerizing with it. I was unable to track down who originally animated this image, but it is probably one of my personal favorites.
2. Coffee Cinemagraph courtesy of Buzzfeed.
I like the simplicity of this one and who doesn’t like coffee?
3. Make a Wish
This is a great little gif that is really powerful. I found this little shooting star on Google+ and am not sure who the original creator is.
4. Animated Banksy by ABVH
This is too much fun. ABVH takes Banksy art and brings it to life with this wonderful animated gif!
5. Mirror, Mirror
If you look at this one too long you might get dizzy! I wasn’t able to trace the original creator for this one but did find it floating around on Google+.
6. Party Time by Adarsh Vijay
This little piece of gif cinematic magic is just so much fun. It is extremely well done and is so much fun to watch, I had trouble finishing up this blog post!
7. Untitled by Bill Domonkos
Bill takes these old looking photos and overlays something magical to create a layered, almost spooky visual.
8. Banksy’s Pink Floyd The Wall Animated by ABVH
Another animated Banksy, and this was just too fun to pass up for the list.
9. 3D by Patakk on Tumblr
This is one of those, “How did he do it?” moments for me. Paolo via Patakk on Tumblr shares how he creates all of his gif animations on his about page. Using a combination of coding, Cinema 4D and After Effects his masterpieces are born.
10. Video Arms Illusion courtesy of gifbin
I thought this deserved to be on the list. It’s really unusual, visually appealing and pretty darn cool.
Are you inspired? Are you like me and ready to try your hand at creating some modern day animated gifs? You can start with some online tools such as GIF PAL or Make A Gif. Get inspired and share some of your works of art and video illusions with us. Just shoot us a link in the comments section if you have anything to share.