GIFs That Keep on Giving: 20+ Captivating Animated Illustrations

Maybe you can’t hang a poster of a GIF on your wall (yet) but
these fun animated images are definitely frame-able, ranging
from classic art brought alive by subtle moving elements to
hypnotic abstract digital creations. You don’t need psychedelic
drugs to enjoy the mesmerizing effects, but hey, it probably
wouldn’t hurt.

Necessary Disorder: Gifs by Etienne Jacob

French student Etienne Jacob has
an entire tumblr packed full of looping GIF images in stark
black and white, made via programming with the ‘Processing’ software sketchbook.

Traditional Japanese Woodblock GIFs by Atsuki Segawa

Traditional hokusai ukiyo-e woodblock prints from Japan hurtle
into the 21st century with a lively GIF treatment from video
Atsuki Segawa.
Familiar imagery blends with contemporary
and futuristic elements like glow sticks, UFOs and record
players in these fun images.

Edward Hopper in Motion by Verve Search

Edward Hopper’s classic 20th century paintings come to life in
a series of animated GIFs made by UK creative agency Verve
Search. Created for Orbitz, the
aims to introduce the painter’s work to a
younger generation.

Surreal Animated Images by Nicolas Monterrat

With names like “Well… it is unexpected” and “What a strange
afternoon,” these animated GIFs by Nicolas Monterrat seem to reflect a
parallel reality in which the laws of physics are just a little
bit looser. Each one tells its own strange story.

Animated Fairytale Nature Scenes by Alexandra Dvornikova

Hidden worlds glow and flicker within the darkened woods in
these fairytale-like animations by London-based illustrator
Alexandra Dvornikova. Some of the moving elements are so
subtle, it takes a few seconds to register what they are. While
we’re waiting for moving posters to be a real thing, you can
pick up Dvornikova’s illustrations
on Society 6.

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