Last month, we covered a story concerning the history of the animated GIF, where we all learned an interesting little factoid in that GIF is pronounced “Jiff”. The post, which can be viewed in its entirety HERE, focused on the graphic interface format’s early days and discussed how its resurgence has allowed for a different clan of contemporary digital creatives to express their vision in original and innovative ways.
In today’s times, GIF’s are all around us and have a plethora of uses, from trendy internet memes to snippets of clips from some of your favorite films, with their presence surely inhabiting the front page of a friend’s Tumblr. However, one man, a Seattle-based illustrator by the name of Dain Fagerholm, decided to put his own spin on the medium in an effort to make his hand drawn pieces of creative-looking beastly creatures come to life.
Fagerholm’s drawings are certainly not your typical kind of pen or pencil-based sketches. In actuality, the artist’s illustrations are moving pictures dubbed stereographic drawings. These drawings, which are simulated animations made up of images, trick the viewer’s eyes by quickly changing from one image to another. The images shift and merge back and forth on a rapid basis to create a fairly believable, 3-D effect.
Fagerholm’s GIFS are incredibly artistic and creative. To see more of his work, be sure to head over to his website for more interesting examples.