NYC-based artist Hayden Zezula mixes captivating visuals with the uncomfortable. His intention is to merge visually pleasing animation with creepy imagery, creating loops that toe the line between interesting and uncomfortable.
Zezula a.k.a. Zolloc’s website is filled with electric oceans, gravity-defying sludge, people made from bubbles, and worlds within worlds within worlds. Zezula’s eye for color and talent at creating perfect loops make each GIF a miniature journey into his daydream-fueled mind.
Carl Burton creates quick atmospheric GIFs that blend elements of science fiction and surrealism. Glittering illuminated tentacles appear to twist through the dark while neon lasers emerge from deep pools of water. Much of what you see here represents Burton’s personal experiments, but the NYC-based creative also lends his illustrative style to images for long-form publications around the web.
Toronto artist Jenn Liv‘s work is influenced by her pop culture inheritance. Whereas some artists are keen to establish their credentials through lists of canonical and well-respected influences, Liv goes the other way: anime, Manga and video game works have helped to form her own practices.
“A lot of my artistic influences come from the narratives and imagery I stumble across while watching all different kinds of animation. My tastes have evolved over time but I constantly go back and re-watch the heck out of old favorites, trying to study all the factors of what makes them so great. It’s always been a dream of mine to pitch a cartoon someday so I try to create comics whenever I can as a way of taking what I’ve learned and putting it into practice.”
Various 90′s devices charmingly rendered in isometric views by Guillaume Kurkdjian, who also produces a Tumblr of weekly animated GIFs. Though they’re focused on very different subject matter, are executed in an entirely different medium, and are animated instead of static, their warm color palettes and understated presentation is just perfect.
A cutesy and imaginative animation reenacting the bizarre story of when Werner Herzog rescued Joaquin Phoenix from a car crash.
Animated by Sascha Ciezata, using audio from an interview by Herzog himself.
Because Lebron James read a pamphlet at some point about how to be the most narcissistic athlete ever, written originally by Lance Armstrong, we now get the animated series, titled “The Lebrons.” Seriously, Lebron is one of the most boring famous people in the world, outside of Tiger Woods. What does he do that is interesting? Michael Jordan at least had books written about him about how he was a prick, a gambler, and he won titles and retired to play Double AA baseball. That is interesting.
Lebron and his dummy crew created a moment that has gone down as the ugliest moment in modern promotion. They couldn’t even use Facebook correctly to get the message out. Now we get an animated series? What is interesting about Lebron? That he has never heard the word no in his life? That he basically has had white guys hob his knob since he was 13 to sign them to be his agent?
We used to love Lebron, but it became quite clear that there was nothing there but hot air and good regular season stats. Maybe he will prove us wrong, but he is no Magic or Michael.