Gifs before gifs
We all love gifs - those highly entertaining movable feasts that are so popular on Tumblr. Here is one, but it has a history that predates the internet. You are looking at a gif of a phenakistiscope, a 19th-century revolving paper disk imprinted with a series of drawings, which was spun so as to produce a moving image. The device was invented around 1840 by Joseph Plateau. Dancing couples, jumping monkeys, acrobats, and figures jumping into the mouths of lions: Plateau’s stroboscopic disks produced highly entertaining mini-movies, like our modern gifs, be it over a century and a half before animation films were first made. When we look at a gif on Tumblr, let’s remember that the technique of producing such moving images made up from a small batch of individual pictures dates back to a pre-digital world - to the days before movies, photography and digital cameras.
Borp borp borp. I still haven’t started drawing. Procrastinaynaynaynaytion.
After over 4 months away from illustration and graphics it’s about time I whipped my ass (pencil) back into shape!
I literally haven’t done any considered/fruitful creative activities since the day of hand in on the 16th May and it’s safe to say my brain has turned into somewhat of a blamange.
So, I’m going to bite the bullet and hopefully get back into illustration again. Now if I can just stop procrastinating by blogging about the fact I’m going to do some drawing and just do it then that’d be great…
Just before I get on with it I’ll let you know what I’m going to do.
One of my 6 projects for my final year of uni was The Book Illustration competition from the House of Illustration. I had to create 3 illustrations and a cover for Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber. This year it’s Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World. So, I’m going to do it again because the story sounds awesome and it’s a format that I’m familiar with to ease myself back in.
Today I’m going to read the first two-ish pages (maybs the first chapter) and then get stuck into some drawing based on that.
Now I just need to find where I left the book and away we goooo…