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April 16, 2015

It's National WHAT Day?

Did you know that April 14th was National High As You Can Reach Day? I can't believe I forgot, but hopefully I accidentally celebrated by reaching up at some point. I'll never miss an obscure holiday again now that I follow National What Day, a recently formed blog with a catchy idea. Last month, Thoka Maer moved from Berlin to New York and dove straight into appreciating American culture by doing something special for all of the national appreciation days. She posts almost-daily animated pencil drawings relevant to which National _____ Day it is. Whether it's pennies, pencils, or specific foods—I'm excited to see Maer's daily reminders to celebrate the little things!

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February 9, 2015

Dark, Moody, and Moving Drawings

When I stare long enough at a drawing I love, I start to imagine it moving. Nancy Liang is one step ahead, she has already done it for me. I’m lost in her mysteriously moody series of animated gifs. She makes tons of them! The balance between motion and stillness creates an atmosphere the way a single frame on its own wouldn’t. The swaying trees, shifting shadows, and blinking lights fit so naturally, I feel they’re something I would have envisioned anyway if I saw a still drawing of her lonely scenes.

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April 22, 2014

Animated GIFs Drawn with Pencil

Miranda Pfeiffer recently dropped me a line about her drawings and animated GIFs made with mechanical pencil. I like how she renders normal objects found in real life, but then adds a bit of quirkiness when going into her hand-drawn animations.

She really gets the process too, I love this description by her, "Because they are brief and only have a visual component, when a GIF is powerful, it’s done with economy and intelligence."

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December 6, 2012

Superfantastic Animated GIFs

Ryan Todd has put together a cheery collection of animated GIFs for the holiday season. The complete showcase features submissions by illustrators, animators, and directors everywhere, and can be found online at

If you know a thing or two about looping frames and have a love for the ho-ho-holidays, lucky for you, he's taking submissions, but he warns it better be good ;)

Above by Matthew the Horse and Alex Grigg.

by Dan Britt


by Alasdair & Jock

Related: The incredibly awesome stereographic animated GIFs of Dain Fagerholm

July 4, 2012

Member Spotlight: Luis Campos

Visit the blog of Luis Campos and you're in for a wild and wicked ride through seizure inducing animated GIFs and static drawings that are mashups of graffitti, doodles and quirky portraits.

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March 27, 2012

Stereographic Animated GIFs

This has been passed around the internet and deservedly so. Dain Fagerholm is taking static pen and marker drawings and making them twitch and wiggle to our delight. His characters seem to lift off the page in pseudo 3D. I honestly can't stop looking at them, someone please knock me out of this trance.

Found via Drawn.

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June 9, 2011

The Chest of Fun

In Paul Loubert's chest you will find all of your childhood stories and much more. All of your old video games could be there too.

It's a crazy world of palms and funny creatures and it could be really fun to see Paul's creatures animated. I already see them moving all over my walls in some funny pixel animations.

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