This is what my GIF animations look like before they are scanned.
First, I’ll develop a rough thumbnail plan in my idea book.
Next I paint the background image. All my GIFs so far are painted on 3x3 inch squares of watercolour paper. While the paint is drying I draw each frame on a little square of printer paper. I used to just trace through them and use my laptop screen but I recently got a lightbox and it has really helped a lot!
Once all that is done I’ll scan them in and throw them into photoshop, separate all the elements and painstakingly cut away the background from each frame.
I love GIFs because of their immediacy. They don’t take nearly as long as a more involved piece of animation but they are so much more expressive than an illustration alone could be. I find it very rewarding to bring my drawings to life in this way :)
I hope you enjoyed the last few animations. I’m afraid there won’t be any more moving stuff for a little while, but I am making an effort to post more and communicate with my followers. This weekend I plan to post about the raw materials that went into the making of the recent batch of GIFs.
Any questions or comments are of course welcome :)
A while ago I lost access to the software that I use for making my GIFs and am hoping to get back up and running with it soon. However I recently discovered I had one more use on my trial version of photoshop so I took the opportunity to work on four animations that I drew last week. I’ll be posting those four GIFs over the course of this week, but I also intend to post more in general.
Expect a good deal more activity over the coming weeks, even if a lot of it is just small doodles or process photos!
To whet your appetite, here is the smallest coloured landscape drawing I’ve ever done (and I’m known for tiny drawings). It’s about an inch and a half wide.