Sunday, November 1, 2009

Animated Gifs the Future of Illustration?

Is the future of illustration in Animated Gif's in the markets of Advertising and Editorial's new mediums of E-Paper/E-Ink, and The Kindle?

I think it's a matter of time before illustrators will start to discuss the pricing and ethical use of Animated Gif's made by illustrators. Who knows when illustrators will start getting jobs to animate things. For animated E-Ink Wine bottle labels, E-Ink Advertisements on the sides of bus's, Animated Illustrations for publication on Kindles.....

Above is a piece I did for school to slowly start getting a grasp of the medium to prepare for this shift.

9 comments:

S.M.Vidaurri said...

I know brad holland and steve brodner are already well known for their experiments with animated gifs. Though, I wonder how many illustrators would be up for working this way, especially the ones with tedious or realistic styles.

Though, I do not deny that it is something worth exploring.

I like the bird in your animation. The only thing I could say, is that I wish the guy's head would bob as he rode his bike. He looks oddly stiff with his legs going a mile a minute.

Patrick Auletto said...
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Patrick Auletto said...

I remember creating animated gifs back when I started college in 1998. Personally, I don't see gifs making a come back. I've yet to see anyone in the market place looking for anyone who specialize in making gifs. In my option that's the old and limiting way of doing things, since flash is the dominate player in that market.


If products like the Kindle and iphone don't support flash, it's only a matter of time before other web animated technology takes flashes place. Apples doesn't want flash mainly due to stability issues. I'm sure in the near future apple will break into E-books when they have the right product.

My guess is that the hardware will catch up to the technology, so that before you know it; flash will be the standard on these types of devices or a newer less processor intensive player will evolve.



I dig your little animation tho. The leg movement is a little odd, but it's pretty cool for a GIF file.

Edwin Vazquez said...

Awesome...

pw! said...

you know, normally my knee jerk reaction would be "i don't know but i'm not sure" except recently i've been asked to do a lot of gif animation web advertisements! it's funny, but fortunately i minored in (and love) animation, so it was something i was excited about personally (as i read you say how some folks might not really be into it).

but of course we need to think about what's next. the kindle might be a flash in the pan but it still may be somewhat the future (just as there are no Ataris but millions of folks have video game consoles), not to mention the fears that essentially Barnes&Noble.COM could put barnes & noble the STORE out of business.

the thing i am noticing that's interesting is that articles on the Wall Street Journal on-line have illustrations where the articles in the newspaper do not! they're great spot illustrations by great names and talents, though there is almost never a way to enlarge or enjoy any more than it appears, and for NOW, it pays way less than it would if it appeared in print, and yet, that's where the work is. online and not in print

PS if you have photoshop, ANY version of it (because folks all over the internet incorrectly think you can't with some versions) it is EASY as pie to make animated gifs. of course, you don't need photoshop either, but it certainly isn't anything to be intimidated by. mostly, i don't know if gifs are exactly the future, any more than if we will see the bladerunner-esque skylines of floating times square coke billboards, but the places we see illustration, like stories, words, film, and music, will go places nobody could suppose.

Anonymous said...

If your animated gif is the future of illustration than my new mission in life is to murder the shit out of illustration.

-catfish

Kim Herbst said...

As an illustrator who does Flash-animation for web-games, I think Flash is basically the way of the future for technology; not necessarily illustration. It's used in social networking, games, websites, etc... But people will always love still-images though. Animation has its own quality that's very different from regular illustration. I love creating both for vastly different reasons. I think illustrations in books leave more room for imagination vs. what is completely presented in moving graphics. But I definitely get excited when I see my artwork move as well :)

LeeLou said...

for websites, I completely agree that Flash is the prime medium for animation.

for emails however I've seen a huge surge in use of animated gifs- because that is, for now anyhow, a no flash zone ;)

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