This spring, I wanted my students to try their hand at gif art. Gifs, while they have been around since the telephone modem days of the 1990s internet, have been having a bit of a renaissance in the art world. Their small size, low resolution, small color gamut, and generally small number of looping frames means the artist has to create a powerful design with only an economy of expression. This, of course, makes it a perfect design challenge for art students! The main twist on the project was that the gif file had to start out in drawing and/or painting media before becoming digitized. This was largely done to stress a sense of continuity between a .gif file and the various drawing and painting projects they had made over the semester.
Here are some of the student works. Note: as many of these gif files were originally very large, some files have been shrunk/compressed so as to minimize bandwidth issues.
Austin Ruhf, Guitarbullshit
Jahmel Pope, Swing