A Standing Ovation for Great Animation: 13 Arresting Works of Art in Motion

There’s something about creating art that’s not quite
reflective of our physical reality and then giving it life
through motion that can be alternately beautiful and unnerving.
The slight jerkiness of stop-motion animation only adds to the
effect, while digital animation can take the surreality to a
whole new level with mesmerizing movements. These recent
animated projects are especially GIF-worthy (and in fact, are
sometimes just
GIFs that stand alone as works of art.

Loving Vincent, a Fully Painted Feature Film

The last days of Vincent Van Gogh are gorgeously rendered in
the artist’s hallmark swirling style in the new film Loving Vincent, which was
created using thousands upon thousands of hand-painted
frames.The directors first shot live-action footage of actors
playing the scripted roles, and then had a team of artists
over-paint the frames.

Persistence of Vision III by Ismael Sanz-Pena

From a single photograph he took of the Nidaros Cathedral in
Trondheim, Norway, animator Ismael Sanz-Pena
created a mesmerizing continuous-motion animation simply by
panning and zooming over the image.

REACTION by Anton Wall Söder

In a quest to learn more about VFX software Houdini, Swedish
motion designer Anton
Woll Söder
experimented with particle-based animation. This
short called ‘REACTION’ captures some of the results.

Flow/er by Alexa Sirbu and Lukas Vojir

Artists Alexia Sirbu and
Lukas Vojir came together
to produce a short animation called ‘flow/er,’ a piece that
feels like a visual symphony of blooms crashing together. “In
nature, it is often the simplest rules that lead to forming the
most complex, beautiful forms,” they explain. “Flow/er is a
visual poem that observes this through a design lens, combining
our fascination with organic, raw aesthetic with foreign
geometric forms. We observe natural laws take shape in a
strange dance of meticulous choreography clashing with violent
forces of nature.”

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