Vancouver, Canada based Nicolas Sassoon has been working on massive GIFs that span the width of a browser and actually require scrolling. His latest work, Studio Visit, depicts a studio space complete with wall panels, a brick fireplace, and multiple LCD screens. Today Sassoon is one of the most interesting artists working in the field of GIF-making and new media. He shows all over the world and has been included in exhibitions at the New Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the New Orleans biennial Prospect.
The body of work Sassoon has been producing there is called Pandora, which is the name of the street where the artist has lived, off and on, for the past four years. The series’ title also refers to small actions that have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences, and perhaps even to the darkness of the Internet. Sassoon’s pared-down aesthetic reflects that somber mood.
Dundee based Scotish artist Sam Lyon creates incredible Jelly Gummies GIFs that are three-dimensional and full of texture. Every face-crease, every stomach bulge, every wobbly bit is so over-pronounced, and moves as if it’s full of goo.
He usually starts off with a photo of a dog or a toy or a persons face and work from there, sometimes it’s just a case of opening up a program and seeing what happens. He uses Sculptris and Blender to make everything. Sculptris is a free digital sculpting program that’s really easy to use with a graphics tablet and Blender is a great free modeling/ sculpting/ animation/ rendering program that he uses to add any final touches to the sculpted model and arrange the scene.
New York based Cari Vander Yacht is an illustrator and gif maker creating dynamic, fun and relevant images. Her work comprises color, texture, and funny faces – all wrapped up to produce amusing, story-driven animations. Working with a combination of illustration and photography, Cari creates animations that draw inspiration from her everyday life; from people on her block to quiet moments at home and the little jokes that pop up between.
Since 2009, Vander Yacht has displayed her work as part of solo and group shows in both her home state and in places as far-flung from Oregon as Lianzhou City, China.
Tyler Spangler is a designer, visual artist and punk enthusiast from Huntington Beach, California. Through his work, he plays with color and animation, often interposing bright color with aged black and white photos— merging different worlds together and bringing old-fashioned two-dimension photography into the age of color and gifs. He describes his way of working as “a bit obsessive”, at one point creating as many as 2,000 pieces in one year and sharing them.
New York City based Erik Carter’s work is both aesthetically provocative and conceptually driven. The graphic designer and art director graduated as a CD major in 2011 and has gone on to work for MTV, The New York Times, andThe Office of Paul Sahre. His book covers and illustrations have received notable recognition in the design world and beyond.
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.