Sofia Hydman has taken various courses in photography, illustration and graphic design and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication at Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm in 2014. Today she works with personal projects and freelance work.
Sofia is inspired by empty spaces and has difficulties with drawing straight lines. She works with a number of different techniques, ranging from digital images to graphic design to illustration and drawing. A recurring theme in Sofia’s work is to explore identity and heritage. By working in both digital and analogue mediums she makes pastel-colored tones which creates a narrative and dreamy dreamworld.
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.
Saiman Chow is a multi- disciplinary artist, director and designer. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he immigrated to Los Angeles with his family at the age of 15. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in 2001, Chow gained early attention and accolades for his Art of Speed animation commissioned by Nike. Constantly re-inventing his approach, Chow’s work spans media and takes a variety of forms, from intricate stop-motion animations to digital illustrations and fine art.
Mattis Dovier has a talent for creating GIFs that are pleasing to the eye but have a habit of turning your stomach ever so slightly. His eye-popping GIFs are on another level.
Dovier works in an unmistakable style, one he described as “stripped of unnecessary details.” First Dovier draws each frame by hand in low resolution. Then he fills in shadows with pixel grids converted in Photoshop’s bitmap mode. The end result is somewhere between numeric and classic aesthetics like engravings, as well as the screentone process characteristic of manga.
Russian illustrator Andrey Kasay aka Flakonkishochki createsis perfectly bizarre, psychedelic and particularly surreal work. Swimming pools pour out of kitchen cabinets, killer whales flop on countertops, and figures climb through scenes where clouds turn into snow drifts.
He is a big fan of dogs. He selected the best representatives of this species to aid in the creation of his artworks. These works are filled with true stories from the life of urban crackpots and tell us about the eternal. The artworks were approved by the Ministry of Mental Health of Russia and recommended for children under school age.
T-Wei is an artist and illustrator working in Wellington, NZ. Aside from his personal body of work of quirky drawings, his work experience includes the likes of Sideshow Collectibles, PikPok, and Resn.
Influenced by the street, his art is punctuated by clean lines and careful detail. The characters that populate his artwork appear to inhabit a real space and reflect the fun T-Wei has in creating these worlds.
Pittsburg based animator and illustrator Julian Glander‘s vibrantly colored world doesn’t take you back to a specific time necessarily, but to a mind set, when the world seemed bigger and brighter and more mystifying.
Gloriously cheerful and full of pastel hues, Glander’s work is funny, surreal and creative. He builds gifs of funny jiggly people jumping into cereal bowls, dachshunds flying down flights of stairs, skating hot dog sausages and drum-playing apples.
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.
Sparrows has been working on a lovely series of imaginative GIFs. Each storybook animation features some form of magical realism where pelicans play scrabble, tattoos bloom from skin, or breakfasts appear to cook themselves. Sparrows works professionally as an illustrator, but these brief standalone pieces are just ideas she wants to exist outside of her head.
Adam Pizurny is a 29 year-old graphic designer, working and living in Prague, Czech republic.
When he was a kid, he wanted to become an inventor. He fulfilled his dream but in a slightly different way. Throughout his childhood he drew on paper until he discovered graffiti and fell in love with it. Graffiti has opened him doors to a wonderful world of discovering type, colors and shapes. Because he grew up alongside a computer, he started to combine everything he loved digitally, and oneday someone told him that was called graphic design.
Pizury has built an eclectic career out of his experimentation in digital illustration and graphic design. But in 2012, he discovered an exciting new technique when blind artist George Redhawk aka “DarkAngelØne” transformed one of his portraits into a GIF.
An extension of his original portraits series, Pizurny’s GIFs are an eerily captivating exploration of the human face and our sense of self. Using the same wrinkled face, they magically animate into what look like melting puddles of water or perforated surfaces of the skin that, when set to a loop, are hypnotic- Pizurny once described his work as a sort of photographic vertigo that is an experience of the fragility of appearances.